Cy Adler, founder of Shorewalkers and author of the guidebook, Walking the Hudson, sent this report of a recent walk on Tallman Mountain.
10 Nov 2012
Walked over Tallman Mountain a week after Hurricane Sandy struck. Went from State Line, Lamont Campus, north to Piermont Village.
This is part of Leg 7 of Batt-to-Bear Trail [Battery Park to Bear Mountain].
Path blocked in about 20 places by trees hurled to the ground over the path; big trees, 80- to 100-foot high with thick trunks. All trees lay with their heads and branches to the west, and their uprooted root systems facing towards the Hudson to the east, Sandy had attacked from the east.
A mild ground fog, occasional slits of sun; no wind. Quiet, no sighing in the trees. No bicycles to dodge.
Met only one runner.
Climbed over tree trunks. We had to pick our way over rocks and roots to get around dead wooden behemoths, fallen monsters, tangle of roots to the east, leafy branches– still tinged with green facing west.
Took a few pictures. “Let’s get out of here before a branch falls on us,” said my companions. “People have been killed by branches in Central Park.”
Near north end of Tallman Mountain Park we met two women. One said, “This breaks my heart. I walk here every week.” Most of Tallman Mountain Park trees survived Sandy’s mighty lash. Lot of work needed to clear fallen trees. PIP might make $$ selling fire wood.
Can’t trust Mother Nature. Can’t live without her.
Walked down to the great marsh, then to Piermont Village Along the River Road extensive damage; basements and first floor flooded, houses washed away, boats destroyed.
Gave WALKING THE HUDSON book to friendly man with dog who lives on the mile-long pier. ‘Lot’s of damage to stores on Piermont Avenue…Most still have no power…. Try Kelly’s(?) Restaurant–one of best in world.’
10:40pm November 11, 2012