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?

Traversing High Bridge

When I got home from the High Bridge Festival, I was ready to knock out. I went solo – sometimes I just like to take myself places because it’s nice to just take an experience in for what it is and not be so ready to comment on it to someone else. Anyway, this was one of those times it was nice to just observe and take everything in – people of all ages, walking across the bridge, in awe of the view, which is, not your typical New York City view, but beautiful in its own way.

My grandfather lives on the Lower East Side and ever since I was a youngin’, I’d marvel at the city lights and his view of the Empire State Building and the Twin Towers – the view from the bridge is enchanting, in that you can’t stop staring, but in a much grittier way.

I’ll just show you what I mean and stop waxing philosophical out here:

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The Bronx’s waterfront still needs our help, advocacy, and support – just ask South Bronx Unite. But let’s be grateful for this step that has reconnected the Bronx and Manhattan for the first time (to the public anyway) in 45 years.

Snow Day in Crotona Park

I  can’t explain the joy I felt Friday morning when I didn’t have to go to work because of the blizzard. Nothing more perfect than a snow day on a Friday! To celebrate, I went to Crotona Park’s free Snow Day on Saturday. After any sizable snow storm in NYC, the Parks Department hosts free sledding events in all five boroughs. I used to own a sled when I was a kid and would slide down the stairs in the backyard and I hadn’t done any sledding since. So, 15 years later, I had a chance to take part in one of my favorite childhood pastimes and sled with reckless abandon, forgetting about all adult b.s. for just a few  minutes. Plus, if you check out the video, you’ll see I made a friend on my adventures (He wipes out almost half way down lol).

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