Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Let's take a virtual reality hike around Louisa Pond at Shaupeneak Ridge

One of my favorite hikes around the area is located at Shaupeneak Ridge in the town of Esopus, an amazing park kept by Scenic Hudson. The tour you see below is the park's easy blue trail, a 1.18-mile trek around the pond.

The Street View map below constitutes more than 30 360-degree images from May 14, all connected, so that you can 'walk' around the pond.

The park has other trails, which vary in length and difficulty.

It works very nicely on desktop and mobile. But I'd suggest using the Google StreetView app, because it works in virtual reality, and it's pretty neat. In the StreetView app, search for 'Shaupeneak Ridge' and click on any image by 'Daily Freeman.' Click on the viewer icon and place your phone in your Google Cardboard viewer or any others, and simply press the viewer button to go to the next image.

Put on your favorite Spotify track while you're at it.