I had a lot of trouble with whatever was in bloom at the Westchester Co Challenge this weekend...fortunately I had some Claritin quick-dissolve tabs along which helped a lot.
Hope you did okay with whatever was out there!
I survived the stuff in the air -- I was carrying water. But I obviously lost concentration, apparently walking past two flags without seeing them. I wish I lived closer to the venue so I could go back to review my map reading at leisure.
More to your point: lots of acquaintances here in CT, as well as many morning TV commentators known to reside this side of the Hudson, are hacking and wheezing. A respected doctor I used to visit 40 years ago claimed that the West was settled because folks here in the East couldn't take the stuff in the air here any more.
;-) Dry western air is a nice change, to be sure. I had spring allergy problems when we lived in NY, but our new place in PA has A/C so I haven't been exposed to much here. NY had some unique stuff I really reacted to almost immediately (running nose and itchy eyes) this past weekend.
Yes, Ward Pound Ridge (and Mountain Lakes, slightly closer to you) are worthy maps to visit and revisit. Geof Connor of HVO can help you out with maps if you ever decide to go back, I think.
Interesting problem for those escapees to the west - they got there and then built yards and gardens like they left recreating the pollen problem. Except now it was year round due the always warm weather.