A few weeks back while downstate visiting my family I took a drive to Mt. Kisco, a town in northern Westchester that houses a fantastic preserve. The Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary
[From I-684 to exit 4 (Route 172) west towards Mt. Kisco. After 0.3 miles, turn left onto Chestnut Ridge Road and go 1.2 miles. Turn right over bridge into parking area.]
has a fantastic trail system including over 5 miles of trails and lots to see along the way. After leaving the car in the parking lot we were on our way, heading right at every trail to create a large loop around the property. At this time sights of spring were just emerging, and new plant growth such as this skunk cabbage looked like it belonged on a different planet!
and heard the deafening chorus of frogs who refused to reveal themselves. The trails were quiet and ranged in all sorts of habitats. For some time we followed a lovely stream which sparkled and gurgled as it cascaded downwards.