We are approaching our one year anniversary of owning a car, my first since moving to New York City in 2003. One of our favorite places to drive to as a family is Bear Mountain. We hiked for several hours last Saturday around the summit. The beautiful weather brought large crowds to the mountain, so we decided to take the paths less traveled to sync up with the Appalachian Trail. We were able to enjoy breathtaking views of the area and rarely ran into other hikers as we explored. We hope to make it to Bear Mountain one more time before the winter weather arrives!