Car Camping in the Catskills

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I went car camping this weekend with my wife and older daughter this weekend at North Lake in the Catskills. This was the first time camping for both of them and I have to say, they both did great and loved every minute of it.

We did a short hike up to Kaaterskill Falls before we got to the campsite.
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Here's my daughter starting a fire. Tools of choice: a firesteel and a Fiddleback Nessmuk (Ironwood handle). The look just screams, Dad's letting me play with a knife...and fire? At the same time?
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We went hiking up through Mary's Glen up to North Point. This was a neat little overhang along the way with trickles of water running over its entire length.
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We got to North Point, and here was the view of North and South Lakes (where the hike started), the Catskill Escarpment, and the Hudson valley way below...
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Munchkin on top of the world
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We hiked down along the Escarpment back to North Lake. Here's the view from Newman's Ledge, facing north
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And facing east
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My wife prevented me from taking gratuitous photos of the Fiddleback, but it was used quite alot during the trip, including some abuse from my wife. We forgot to bring a can opener to open our baked beans, so she improvised with a blade on a cheap crappy multitool we had, and when she had the lid cut half way around, pried it back with the Nessmuk. Worked great, no damage, just some spotty patina from the incident.

Most embarrasing moment of the trip: getting busted for peeing in the woods in the middle of the night by a park ranger. Apparently this can be considered indecent exposure, but I talked my way out of it, as well as you can, being half asleep and caught in a compromising situation.
 
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Note: if anyone can tell me how to rotate that falls picture, I'd appreciate. I have it rotated correctly in photobucket, but it flips it over here.
 
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What an excellent trip. North Lake is one of my favorite camping spots, I've driven up just to hike the escarpment trail. Best views in the Catskills. I love the little general store on the way in.
 

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I used to date a girl that had a house in that area. I miss the area and would love to travel back to it. Tannerville or Tannersville is a great place to party. Nice pics!
 
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I remember going to the Catskills as a kid and seeing how everything was so rundown, and never went back, up until 2 years ago. That's when I went up there as part of a dam repair project at one of the NYC reservoirs. I got to tag along with a geologist and a wetlands specialist bushwacking around the reservoir's drainage basin mapping out potential haul roads for the repair project. I was there just to do a lead and asbestos inspection on one of the outbuildings, which took all of a half hour. Great bushwacking experience, and it made me realize how awesome the Catskills are. Got to see plenty of artifacts from when the dam was first built. Now I go up there every chance I get.

That general store rocks by the way! And The Last Chance in Tannersville might be my favorite restaurant on earth. 300 beers, 100 cheeses, and damn fine food.

Now I have to convince my wife to do Slide Mountain this fall.
 
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