Thank you to the Hudson Valley sunset for encouraging my fearful climb up the fire tower on 9/11/21.
It felt meaningful to overcome a fear on this 20th anniversary of 9/11.
The hike to the fire tower was a quick and easy 1/2 mile or so. As I looked up the fire tower I assessed the surroundings knowing I would need to go up higher if i wanted to see the sunset over the trees.
I went up part way quite hesitantly but was following the suns reflections on the metal rods. I took some shots just over the tree line.
When others started back down from above I heard the rattle of the tower and momentarily froze and then went cautiously back down.
A couple walking their dog shared that it was an accomplishment to get half way up and next time I will make it to the top.
Next time? Will I come back? Even if I do will it be at the right time for sunset? Even still will it be with even more people and then that rattle will be more pronounced?
Next time? Mmm . . . No! Back up I go! I paused at the head of each flight and again people started down and there was that rattle that sent me down before.
A young couple admired my sons camera sharing how beautiful the pictures will be. They paused with me encouraging my completing the journey to the top. I went for it! Eureka! It was beautiful.
Back down was challenging. I focused on the metal rods of the tower so as not to look all the way down. I stepped sideways to ensure my full foot was on the step and had both hands on the railing.
Fern cliff Forest game refuge and forest preserve is located at 68 Mount Rutsen Road in Rhinebeck NY.
I coupled this visit with a bite at Terrapin in Rhinebeck. Great service, good food, lovely environment.