How i got to Anthonys Nose. it was on yet another drive back up north, when i took this shot (while not moving in a car) crossing the bear mountain bridge. Bridges were kind of a theme on this trip, and i was thinking of how great a symbol they are, the “connectors of life”. I had stopped by a “haunted bridge” in my home town county in Virginia, one of those places we used to party late at nite when we were in high school. Supposedly, you could “hear” civil war troops going up the river late at nite if you stood on the bridge. We all heard those troops, we also drank the same moonshine that they probobaly drank- most likely from the same family…. Thinking about all those old friends from high school, and how remain pretty tight. We went to a small school, one of those schools and towns wear everybody knows what you did, before you even do it. How that bridge connected us on a weekend nite, and how a picture of it passed around to a few folks via social media, brings a glimpse of re-connection for a moment, and hopefully a few moments shared in time a long time ago. And how all of us turned out ok- it was touch and go for a little while for some-well, i will say it was touch and go for me- Im still standin…
Long drives are also a time i “connect” with people on the phone. i go through hours of lost in thought, hours of music, and about 1/3 time catching up with people.
Then i came to this awesome bridge that connects two parts of new york. i wondered how the view would be from above.
So, two days later, i went to go find out. Theres a hike… “somebody’s nose”- “anthony’s nose”. i had to wonder how a hike gets a name like that… here’s wikipedias answer:
The peak has been known as Anthony’s Nose since at least 1697, when the name appears on a grant patent. The eponymous Anthony may be St Anthony, as a rock formation called “Saint Anthony’s Face” existed on Breakneck Ridge nearby before its destruction by quarrying.
Pierre Van Cortlandt, who owned this mountain, said it was named for a pre-Revolutionary War sea captain, Anthony Hogan. This captain was reputed to have a Cyrano de Bergerac type nose. One of his mates, looking at this mount, as they sailed by it, compared it to that of the captain’s nose. He said that they looked similar in size. This good-natured joke soon spread, and the name Anthony’s Nose stuck to this peak. Washington Irving‘s History of New York, a satire, attributes the name to one Antony Van Corlear, who was the trumpeter on Henry Hudson’s ship.
Other traditions name Anthony de Hooges (1620–1655), a deacon of the Dutch Reformed Church and early settler of Rensselaerswyck, as the source of “Anthony’s Nose” – supposedly after de Hooges’ own prominent nose.
i guess somebody had a big nose….
A short, fairly easy (6 out of 10) on the new york difficulty rating- i would assume only because its some quick vertical feet. I’d say round trip with hanging out up in the nostrils for a short amount of time (the winds picked up and this southern boy got a little cold) maybe 1.5 hours round trip. on a sunny warm day i think i could have hung out up there for a few hours. Here’s the view over the bridge of Anthonys nose.
I found one of Nomadic State of Minds water bottle carriers at the top- ok, whatever we brought it… theres the plug, you of course don not need one of our water bottle holders on the hike, but its a great water holder for a day hike.. here’s the link http://shop.nomadicstateofmind.com/large-water-bottle-holder-p/largeh20bottle-holder.htm But what an awesome hike up Anthonys nose-