Thursday, February 16, 2017

Walking in the City - Inwood Hill Park, NY

A planned walk in Inwood Hill Park on Saturday with Shorewalkers turned out to be more of a treat than expected following last Thursday's snowfall which blanketed the park. While the snowy conditions made walking harder work than normal, the additional exercise was more than compensated for by the wintry views.

Looking across the Hudson River towards the Palisades.

Part of the trails on the  Palisades - only visible due to the bare trees and snow

St Michael's Villa sits grandly on the cliffs - regional center and home for Sisters of St Joseph of Peace.

Looking south we had a good view of the Cloisters which is now part of the Metropolitan Museum of New York. In other seasons the lower part of the building is hidden by tree foliage. The Cloisters was built in the early 20th century using stones from numerous French abbeys. The stones were shipped to New York and reconstructed

The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park

Most of the trails were snow covered for the first time this winter so the relatively mild day proved perfect not only for walkers but for cross-country skiers and families with toboggans.

And yes, this really is a part of New York City. And while areas on the edge of the park have been developed to include playgrounds and sporting facilities, much of it has been preserved in its original state. Evidence of Native American life has been found and the park is believed to be the place where Dutchman Peter Minuit bought the island of Manhattan from the Lenape Indians in 1626 for trinkets worth about 60 guilders!

A stone marker memorializes the event:

Apparently, the park is one of the best places in the city to spot a bald eagle. We were not so lucky, but a cardinal graced us with his presence.

For less observant bird-watchers there was a park sign to help them spot some of nature's creatures!

All in all, a wonderful way to compensate for being stuck indoors during the snowstorm.

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  1. The cardinal is beautiful. Isn't it sad to think of how the early settlers abused the native Americans' land rights. It was too easy, since the original people didn't understand the concept of land ownership. They believed it was a gift for all to share. Oh well, glad you share your walks with us, Mel. Very enjoyable.

    1. It is sad, Elisabeth. On the walk we were told it's believed that the Indians thought they were being paid to allow the settlers to live in peace or safe passage - not that they were selling the land to them!
      Glad you enjoy the posts. Thanks.