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Growing up in apple country

Growing up in apple country

There were all kinds of apple orchard lore. That if you tried to steal an apple from the tree that one of the Jamaican migrant workers would shoot you from his front porch. If Tony Moriello (the family patriarch) caught you doing something “bad” in the orchards, drinking or smooching or smoking funny stuff that the cops would rappell down from the water tower and cart you away to jail. There were fox dens to be careful of (though we never actually saw one) there were “magic” trees that would grant your wishes and bewitched trees that could put warts on your face.

Mohonk Preserve’s magical Rock Rift

Mohonk Preserve’s magical Rock Rift

Although the Mohonk Preserve and Mountain House are famous for the Lemon Squeeze – a steeply pitched, tight rock scramble that lies above the skylake and just under the Sky Top Tower – a lesser-known cousin, Rock Rift, rests just a few short miles away without any of the labyrinth-loving crowds.