Saturday, April 01, 2006

Saturday hike

Scattered showers were in the forecast today, but they never materialized in any form other than a few drops here and there, at least along the Palisades in Jersey, where I took a 10-mile hike with a group this afternoon. Excellent views all along the Hudson, some 400 feet above the water in spots. Tracking our progress by the opposite shore, we spotted Inwood, the top of Manhattan, the Henry Hudson Bridge, Riverdale and the Bronx, then eventually, Yonkers, and even hints of Long Island Sound, off in the distance. I also got to identify the lone building that I often see looking directly across the river from Fort Tryon Park: It's the Englewood Cliffs campus of Saint Peter's College. Also spotted along our walk: lots of stone remnants of old estates that used to occupy the land where Palisades Interstate Park is now. At the end of the day, we took a bus from Alpine back to Manhattan.

Tonight I watched the movie Happy Endings, which wasn't really horrible, but wanted to be a lot better than it was. One really cool part, though, was hearing the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal sing. Her version of "Just the Way You Are," which closes the movie, is really worth a listen.

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