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4/20 Tribute to Peter Tosh at Colony

4/20 Tribute to Peter Tosh at Colony

Saturday, April 20: Via time zones and the 12-hour clock, it is always 4:20 somewhere, I guess, though my head is too foggy to really think it through. But a real 420 only comes once a year, and the entire day is given to what, most days, receives only an hour or two. A weekend 4/20 is like Venus-in-Gatorade rare.

Arnold Guyot’s Catskills legacy

Arnold Guyot’s Catskills legacy

Guyot’s map of the Catskills radically redefined the physical and cultural understanding of the region. Before his work, the mountain known as High Peak was unanimously considered the highest in the range, and the region of the Catskill Mountain House (where the North/South Lake campground is today) was generally thought to be the only part of the Catskills of real natural and cultural interest – a misconception that the House owners had no interest in changing. Guyot set everyone straight, demoting High Peak, ultimately, to merely the 23rd-highest summit in the range and calling attention the natural treasures of Slide Mountain and the areas of the Catskills to the south and west.