Take a Hike

I always used to say that I respect nature so much, which is why I stay far far away from it. While I was away, I got the opportunity to explore nature and go on a couple of (easy) hikes. I can’t say I’m absolved of my fears of trees falling on me or a wild animal attacking me, but I can say that I’ve come to appreciate it a little more and besides, it’s a free workout.

Sunday, the Husband and I decided we’d head to Van Cortlandt Park to try out one of the hiking trails. We figured we’d start off easy, and chose the John Kieran trail, which takes you over a short, wooden bridge and past the lake. Of course we’re in this weird winter-spring limbo, so while it was peaceful, I bet it’s even more gorgeous once the trees are in full bloom.

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At the end of the trail (it was actually really easy, almost too easy…), we spotted a sign with a tortoise and a hare and I remembered that there was a tortoise and hare statue somewhere in the park, so we decided to follow it. The trail took us through the Northwest forest, where an occasional runner would pass us by. This was the sort of hike I was hoping for. It turns out we were on the Cross Country Trail, on the three mile path.

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Turns out, we could’ve just walked across the sport field to the tortoise and hare statue, but I guess that’d be cheating, right?

Then, of course, after all of that work, we had to reward ourselves with a slice of carrot cake from Lloyd’s across the street.

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Not a bad way to spend a Sunday at all. And if you’re participating in the #Not62 movement, hiking is something that can easily be modified and like, I said, is totally free.

Have you hiked in any of our Bronx parks? Which trails should I check out next?

Van Cortlandt Park Skating Rink

Since my freshman year of high school, almost 10 years ago (0_0) , I’ve made it a point to go ice skating every winter. Usually, I head down to Wollman Rink or  World Ice Arena in Flushing, but I am so glad the Bronx finally has an ice rink of its own with the Van Cortlandt Park Ice Rink. Plus, with a location right by the 242nd St. stop on the 1 train and the Bx 9 bus stop a few feet away, it is super easy to get to (because you guys know how much I hate lengthy cross-borough commutes).

On weekends, it’s $8 for admission and $5 for skate rentals, but if you can manage to go on a weekday, admission is only $5.

It’s definitely smaller than the other ice rinks I’ve been to in NYC, but  it didn’t feel crowded at all. The staff were all friendly and helpful. At a lot of ice rinks, the on ice staff can be really annoying, swerving in front of you and doing fancy tricks to show off, but these guys seemed to actually be focused on doing their jobs – helping up small children and making sure the ice was safe.

Another huge bonus is that Lloyd’s Carrot Cake has concession stand here (complete with the carrot mascot wearing a striped scarf and ice skates on the sign).

All in all, VCP Ice Rink is a great addition to the Bronx.

 

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Riverdale Riverfest

So, here is my uber late post on the Riverdale Riverfest. Sorry, guys! I’ve been training for work for the past two months and the past few weeks in particular have been very intense! Anyway, back to business!

Last month, the Riverdale Riverfest was held on the College of Mt. St. Vincent’s campus to “celebrate the waterfront and support the greenway.”  There were music performances, medieval fighting, and a host of different booths hosted by a myriad of Bronx organizations. And, I got to finally try a slice of Lloyd’s Carrot Cake (it was awesome).

While I liked being able to check out the different vendors, the event is definitely geared more toward families with young children, not so much a 23 year old and her boyfriend.

Nevertheless, it was nice to explore somewhere new.

Oh! In the pics below, you will see a python just hanging out in the grass. It belongs to New York Wild, a company that teaches city kids about different types of exotic animals. Unfortunately, I was not expecting this and almost walked into the thing. 😦

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