The sights from the summit of Breakneck Ridge are spectacular. 1260 feet above ground with the scenic and mountainous Hudson Highlands all around. Stunning views of the wide Hudson river with another peak, Stormking mountain, providing the backdrop directly across and this just ninety minutes from New York city.
Ikea's Swedish meatballs are legendary and the reason I go there. I have heard they sell furniture too but the foods the real reason to visit :-). And here in the city, you get a free weekend water ferry with all the great sights between downtown Manhattan and the gritty Brooklyn neighborhood where the Ikea is located. Enjoy the ride and enjoy some meatballs while you are there.
The gorge itself has a boardwalk constructed across the entirety of its length which allows you to get really close to the rock formations and stream. It is essentially a beautifully landscaped park complementing a lot of beautiful natural features and it comes with a visitor center complete with food, drink and souvenirs. The 2 mile walk is also completely optional and there are shuttle buses to take you right up to the gorge directly. Of course, all of this comes with an entrance fee, I don't recall exactly how much it cost then but it was maybe $10-15.
Six White Mountains 4000 footers in one fruitful Labor day weekend.
The White Mountains in New Hampshire are the tallest most rugged range of mountains in the northeastern US. It has 48 peaks that top the 4000 foot mark and among them is the famous peak, Mount Washington. Standing at 6288 feet, it is the second tallest mountain in the US east coast.
Moosilauke stands 4802 feet tall, the tenth tallest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was my first serious sustained hike with any peak this tall, my first hike in beautiful New Hampshire, my first hike going above the treeline and my first 4000 footer...lot of firsts for me and quite an initiation by fire personally. Even though I had been hiking hard in the Hudson highlands around New York, there were moments up Moosilauke where I found it really hard. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the hike and the summit especially was beautiful.