Our weekly "explore our local region outing" took us to the fascinating Inwood Hills Park at the very northernmost tip of Manhattan. We're embarrassed to say that after living in or around New York for so long we had never been there before. The park is rich with heritage. We learned about the lifestyle of the Lenapes indians who dwelled there and saw, the mysterious caves, the remains of the R.S. Strauss mansion, and the sight of the purchase of Manhattan, Shorakapok, where Peter Minuit acquired the island for trinkets.
We enjoyed a wonderful guided tour by Ranger Martha of the excellent New York Urban Park Rangers. The day became colder and cloudier than we expected and while the authentic Lenape Wigmam offered some authentic warmth we were happy to enter, after our hike, the fabulously cozy atmosphere Indian Road Cafe, less than a block from the Inwood Hills Park Nature Center. Here we had a wholesome brunch and enjoyed some very good beer and coffee.