Throughout my weekend in Woodstock, Overlook Mountain loomed gracefully in the background of the town, reminding me of its presence and my prior agreement to hike to its peak. It’s not that I didn’t want to do it, because I saw photos of the view from the top and read many reviews of what a great hike it is. But on Sunday morning, after a weekend of exploring and live music, I was kinda tired. Nevertheless, I found myself staring down (or up) the mountain as we drove up a steep, curvy road to the parking lot where the trail began. It was worth every step… even when it got really steep and icy and slippery, the views from the top really aren’t done any justice from photos – it is breathtaking. Near the peak there are ruins from an old hotel built in the 1800s, that burned down twice and has now been left to the elements. It feels somewhat surreal, when you climb up the path and around a bend, to see it looming up ahead. Up a little ways further is the peak of the mountain, where a rickety old fire tower stands for those who wish to climb even higher and take in the views that extend to the surrounding states and Catskill Mountain range.
You pick the place and I’ll choose the time
And I’ll climb
That hill in my own way.
Just wait a while for the right day.
And as I rise above the tree lines and the clouds
I look down, hearing the sound of the things you’ve said today.
- Pink Floyd
Photos by Julia.