Kaaterskill Falls near Hunter, NY, located on the ancestral land of the Lenape, is the tallest waterfall in the state of New York at 260 feet. Yes, even taller than the world-famous Niagara Falls.
There are two paths to get to the waterfall. 1st option: Drive all the way to the Kaaterskill Falls Viewing Platform parking lot and make your way from the top of the falls to the bottom of the falls. 2nd option: Drive to the parking lot off of 23A and make your way up from the lower trailhead starting at the base of Bastion Falls. It doesn’t take more than 20 minutes each way to get a view of the waterfall. My favorite way is to hike up from the lower trailhead to get the view of BOTH tiers in all their splendor. And this is precisely what we did for the first Latinas Who Hike meetup I organized with Joy from Part Time Exploradora and Susie from Latinx Project. See more photos from the event below!
As someone who never hiked in her life until she was in her twenties, how could I have known the importance of hiking shoes? I did not know until one of MY BIG TOENAILS FELL OUT. Ok, too much information, but it’s better to read this happened to someone else than to look down and wonder how long it will take for your big toenail to grow back (approximately three long months). If you’re wondering what gear you need to start hiking, I created this Gear Guide for Beginner Hikers to help you prepare. We all start somewhere, and unless you grew up hiking (which I didn’t), some of us have to learn through trial and error.
People ask me how I take “so many” trips and I can never sum up how I save money to travel because I do so in MANY ways. Here it is, the no BS guide to EXACTLY what I do to save money to travel. Just this year I was able to visit Canada, Cuba, Costa Rica and travel around the US to Florida, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts & more. And yes, I feature some CRAZY ways I save money!
Have you ever been to a museum exhibition that moved you so much that you started crying and your family started eyeing each other with worried looks on their faces? Ok, probably not. But this is what happened to me at the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut. It wasn’t my first time there, and I didn’t even research before going this particular time. But the exhibition Artists in Exile, which will be open to the public until December 31, 2017, just got to me at my very core. And I recommend that you visit if you’re ever in New Haven. After all, it is FREE ADMISSION!