By Buffy Calvert
Some views in Andes stop you dead in your tracks, hoping no one will run into you from behind, just to drink in the scene. One that always stops me is that sweep of Catskill peaks spread out before you as you round the crest of Palmer Hill. No more need to stop on the road. Take a left on Finkle Road, swing into the ample parking area, and spend as long as you please enjoying the view. If coming home from Margaretville, turn right just before the Timberland sign.
Supervisor Marty Donnelly has negotiated a complex lease from New York City’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which owns the property, to allow us to use the overlook permanently. Donated fill and crusher rock provide space for 10 cars. Huge boulders outline the oval. D.O.T. will put up signs pointing to the overlook. Donnelly hopes to install a kiosk showing the name and elevation of each mountain, all at no cost to Andes taxpayers.
Now available for the viewing! Early morning, a Japanese print of peaks rising from a sea of mist. Midday, the whole range against an azure sky. Evening, veiled in rain or eerily beautiful in moonlight.~