I have no excuse for writing another post that involves a walk in Central Park, but at least this one starts from a different direction.
I began this time at 59th Street and 7th Avenue and walked due north. It was still relatively early in the morning and the light was casting shadows and reflecting off the frozen surface of the snow.
You can’t walk far in Central Park without seeing an underpass or a bridge. Children (and certain adults) generally cannot go through an underpass without checking the echo. However, there was a homeless person sleeping this morning, so I passed quietly.
This is the Hecksher Playgrounds, called by my children the “Big Rock” playground because of that big rock you see in the distance. We came here almost every weekend when they were young and always ended our time with a climb. On the northwest side there are grooves carved in the stone by the glaciers when they came through.
I am partial to people who cannot resist a swing, even in the morning with snow on the ground!
This is the Big Rock looking south. We would slide off the top to the left of the tree and come to a stop just before the precipice there on the left. It scared me every time. Again, Daddy!
Continuing north, I looked back and saw this magical structure shining in the morning light. The Dairy, so named because milk was dispensed to children when times were even harder than they are now.
North again, along the Mall. Everybody knows how I feel about trees in the winter.
I couldn’t resist a detour into the Ramble to The Point, which is a favorite birding spot, especially in the Spring and Fall. That is the famous Bow Bridge in the background.
This is the hill at 79th Street.
And what would a walk in the park be without a stop to wonder at Cleopatra’s Needle. This one has a set of “claws” at the base to steady it. The obelisks that we saw in Egypt were simply free-standing on a flat base. It is hard to conceive how they were able to accomplish such fine work.
I hope you have enjoyed this walk through the park.