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530. Wanda's Wanderings: Long Path Another stamp, carved by Lightnin' Bug of PA, now out on its original namesake trail in the Catskills of NY

Finally got this stamp off the Wanda's Wanderings circuit in RI and back out on the Long Path in NY on a spring 2014 trip in memory of having backpacked that trail from the George Washington Bridge through the Catskills 30 years previously as a spring "warm-up" for my first PCT! The Long Path has gone through a few changes since that time, of course, since one section I remember backpacking up the backside of Kaaterskill Falls (highest in NY state) in the midst of a horrendous thunderstorm apparently got closed as being too dangerous just a couple of years later! Anyway, we decided to leave this commemorative stamp at the place where the newer relocation coming up from the LP trailhead on route 23 just west of Palenville rejoins the original traiI along the escarpment. There are several ways to reach this junction of yellow and blue-blazed trails, all about the same distance - i.e. about 2miles. However you might choose to get there, you will know you are at the right junction when you see a post with 2 perpendicular signs, one stating:
Boulder Rock 1.3
N. Lake Campsite 2.0
Scutt Rd Parking Lot 2.2
and the other mistakenly stating:
Bogart Rd Parking Lot 1.3
Palenville Overlook 5.7
(the mileages for these last two destinations are reversed!)

On a birch to the east you may see possibly your first (depending on which route you took) LP logo marker, which is the design for this box's stamp. To find the actual box and LP stamp, take a few steps SSW along the 4' long log near the base of the aforementioned brown signpost to 6-foot long SE pointing log.If you sit on the smallish rock seat SW of this second log, using the log as your left hand arm rest, the box will be to your left just a few feet away tucked into a tiny cave on the south side between two smallish (foot long) slightly mossy rocks!


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