On the trail.
Spring flowers were constant trail companions.
I made a point to rest and periodically deboot, soaking my feet in cold streams throughout the hiking day.
Soaking my feet near Bowman State Park in Chenango County.
The terrain was 90% on hilly, rocky trials with repeated elevation changes of between 300 to 700 feet as I progressed across hill tops (2100 - 3100 feet) and valley bottoms (1200 - 1800 feet). I was surprised and glad that I wore long pants on hot days crossing the Catskills, where trails were often overgrown with briars and stinging nettles.
Briar and nettle covered trail.
Looking back over terrain crossed.
Evening with the "blackflies" in the Catskills.