Mt. Beacon

When I first learned that I would be moving to Beacon, I started to look up different things to do in the area. And of course, one of the first things to pop up was to hike Mount Beacon. Now, when Val and Sam went last fall, I was away for the weekend. So I didn’t end up going. But now that the weather is getting nicer and the days are longer, we have more opportunities to do things like this.

Mount Beacon was a steep hike, but there were definitely points where one could stop and take a break if needed. All in all, we spent just under three hours on this hike. I think the majority of that time was spent on our way up because we are all pretty new to this. Once we got to the top, we spent some time just enjoying the beauty that surrounded us. Our trek down the mountain took about forty minutes, maybe less.

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Absolutely stunning. I will be hiking this trail again, hopefully in the near future.

To end our day, we ate dinner and then headed to Catholic Underground North at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Newburgh, just across the river.  Overall it was a great day, with an even better ending.

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Mary

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The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge

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On Monday (my day off) a few of the CCVs decided to walk across the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. We live less than a mile from this bridge that spans across the Hudson River. It was beautiful on Monday, so after we did our chores, we decided to go for a walk. It was gorgeous! There is a pedestrian pathway along side the The bridge was a little more rickety than I thought it would be, but still a great experience. All of the leaves were turning. It was sunny. And the temperature was perfect.

Bonticou Crag

Originally posted on the Cap Corps Blog

Have you ever heard of a Rock Scramble? What do you think of? Keep that image in your head, because it’s probably similar to the image that Val, Sam, and I had on the day we went hiking in New Paltz.

This is what a Rock Scramble is. The Lady CCVs (minus Amanda) were not expecting this. Fr. Tomás was not expecting this either. Once we got started we realized how difficult this part of the hike was going to be. However, it was much harder to go back down than it was to keep going.
This is a view of the Rock Scramble from the top of Bonticou Crag.
As we climbed over boulders, and worked our way through the scramble, we worked together. There was no way we were getting out of that rock scramble without relying on one another. There were a few parts of the climb that were very difficult. It was in those moments that we talked each other through each step and gave each other a hand when needed (quite literally).
This was a team building experience like no other. I don’t think any of us thought we would be bonding so much during this little hike to Bonticou Crag.
The end result was amazing though. The view from the top of Bonticou Crag made it all worth it. We were all grateful for the experience, and the team building that took place.
God is Good.
Love and Prayers,
Mary

Saturday and Sunday

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Happy Sunday! Yesterday our group HIKED to the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin. The view was totally worth it… However, we weren’t expecting the difficulty that was the “walk” to the cliffs. Our legs hurt, but we’re feeling okay. In the past 3 days we have walked over 30 miles. It seems insane. Our hike took most of our Saturday. When we got back to our B&B we prepared for dinner and then went to Fitz’s pub down the road. We had our communal dinner which was really nice. We stayed at the pub until around 11pm listening to the trad music. And of course, when we left Fitz’s the sky was still light. The sun was still setting. I CANNOT get over this part of Ireland. Sunday morning we had one last breakfast at the B&B and walked down to the tea shop. I had my first cup of coffee while abroad. Delicious! We headed back to bring our bags downstairs and Frank, our host, offered to let us feed the cows…

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We love Frank, and cows.

Then, we headed to our bus to Galway. Our driver gave us a little tour of the Burren, which is the land between Doolin and Galway. We arrived in Galway where we unpacked in our dorms and explored campus a bit. Then we headed to mass at the Cathedral in Galway City. I was really glad that my classmates came with me. It was really nice to have company, especially in a new city. This mass was the shortest one I have been to yet. The priest’s homily was all about having your faults turn into strengths, just like Sts. Peter and Paul. Communion was different though. The mass was not in Latin, but everyone received the Eucharist as though it was a Latin mass. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised. I love receiving the Eucharist while kneeling. The Cathedral was beautiful. The rose windows had amazing stained glass. Then our group had dinner at a local pub and explored the medieval streets of Galway. I’m excited to explore this city more.

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