Tourne County Park

Tourne County Park (2/16/2009)

This is the Hike of the Week for 6/8/2007 as described on the NY-NJ Trail Conference website. Laura is still nursing a strained ankle, but everyone who has looked at it (including a specialist) said that exercising it was necessary (as in hiking), but that we shouldn't be excessive with it for a while. So we did this short hike (2 miles in under 90 minutes) on this crisp, sunny President's Day afternoon, a 20-minute drive from our home. The last time we hiked this nice little county park was at least ten years ago. This hike involved a gentle meander through a wildflower garden (where signs identified the many plants and trees along the path), and then a gradual climb to the park's high point, where now resides a 9/11 makeshift memorial overlooking the Manhattan skyline.

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Near Eleanor Hinrichsen Memorial Bird Sanctuary

On the Wildflower trail

Swamp White Oak


Tulip tree

Laura biting "Denture Rock"


On the Red Trail


Climb to Top of Tourne

Wide gravel path ...

... climbs gradually


Bench break

[Photo by Laura]


View west to the Rockaway Valley

Rockaway Valley

Rockaway Valley

Antenna aerial on distant hill

View to Manhattan

View east from Tourne high point

9/11 Memorial

Empire State Building


[Photo by Frank Russo]

[Photo by Frank Russo]

Start of the descent


Gate to the Wildflower area

Ball weight closes gate


Winter bird kiosk


Getting a pedicure

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