The 4 Seasons in Staten Island
Thinking about how to illustrate growth, what came to my mind first was Staten Island’s greenbelt area, which is land in Staten Island that has been left in its pristine state and will be forever wild. I started hiking in the Greenbelt last March when it was all dead-looking trees and sticks and just starting to get green. Only about six weeks later it was deep green with vines and full trees everywhere.
Staten Island’s Greenbelt consists of 2,800 acres of parks and natural areas in the heart of Staten Island, with over 35 miles of marked hiking trails. It’s three times larger than Central Park.
This is a very good time of year to go hiking. The terrain is green, flowers and trees, like the pink one below, are blooming, and it isn’t too hot yet. It’s also beautiful in the autumn.
The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Check out my other post “Staten Island’s Blue Heron Park” to see more nature trails in Staten Island.
Check out my post on another blog of mine One American Mind, on my climb up Moses Mountain, another great nature trail in Staten Island.