Last year, I went for a hike at North Lake in the Catskills, where I encountered an old man who told me that only three things matter in life: Health, because once your health is gone, you may not be able to get it back; Time, because life goes by faster than you realize, and it too is irreplaceable; and Destiny, because you never know what to expect in the future. Yes, I climbed a mountain and met an old man who told me the meaning of life.
This year, I had no such lucky encounters when I climbed to the top of Slide Mountain – the highest peak in the Catskills. Not only did I not receive wisdom, I almost didn’t get to see a view. The highest point in the Catskills is surrounded by trees!
Overall, it was a challenging hike – six miles round trip – and the steepest trail I’ve hiked in a long time. On the way down, I saw this interesting sight. I wonder how the tree grew around the rock this way!