Take Advantage Of Your Surroundings

So- it’s been too long since my last post and I owe you an explanation. No excuses. I love to write and whether I am insanely busy or not, I have to make time for what is important to me. I switched jobs- the non-profit world did not pan out as expected. A disappointment but it was time to move on. I’m back practicing law — it is a terrific opportunity and I feel refreshed and ready to take on a big job with a great deal of responsibility. I worked in this field for eight years and then left to pursue a non-legal career.

Sometimes, you don’t know the value of what you have until it’s gone. That’s very cliche – I know. Yet sometimes it really rings true. With that said, I started to think about what other things I have taken for granted in my life- or simply failed to realize the beauty in something right in front of my face.

Like the fantastic hike that Jay and I have been doing regularly which I wrote about in the Spring- the trail in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Except we have been more than walking the trail- I’d say we’ve been going on trail runs – running about 85% of the trail each time. On one of our weekend trail runs, before all the snow started!! – I met a runner who said that the Caumsett Park hike in Lloyd Neck, New York can be challenging as well. She highly recommended it for a change of scenery.

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The following weekend, we hiked the Caumsett Park trail and although it was mainly flat terrain, there was one long, steep hill towards the end of the hike. We hiked about 4 miles in total- running about 2 flat miles on pavement and packed dirt. The run was peppered with things we have not seen on our usual trail run.

 

 

 

 

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Along the way we ran past the beach, penned horses and magnificent trees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Although different from our usual hike/run, it was a good, solid workout that I highly recommend……

 

 

 

 

Off to lunch!

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At our favorite Mexican lunch spot, Jay and I reminisced about how we used to take the kids all the time to Caumsett Park, first in their strollers and then with their bikes. We remembered all the fun we had picnicking in the park with friends and their kids. It’s unbelievable that we have not been back to this beautiful park in more than ten years.

It feels like I’m always so busy doing so many things at once – all the time – that I forget to look around and see where I am and what I am doing. Does anyone else feel this way?  Instead of always looking for the next best thing – what about going back to the things we loved years ago?

Eating the guacamole at lunch made me think about the avocado plant I grew with my father when I was a kid. Why haven’t I ever done that? Right then and there I decided that I’m going to buy an avocado and grow my own plant! The next day, I bought a ripe avocado at the farmer’s market.  I called my dad and got the instructions on how to turn my avocado pit into an avocado plant.

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I’ll take progress photos and include the benefits of avocados and my bruschetta recipe in my next post.

Adios, amigos! Ciao!

 

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Go Take A Hike!!

I mean it, “Go take a hike!” Last weekend, my husband, Jay and I took our pug, Max on a fabulous hike. The dirt trail started in the quaint, one-block town of Cold Spring Harbor, NY. The trail is actually located in Cold Spring Harbor State Park, part of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, located at 83-141, 25A in Cold Spring Harbor. Parking is easy and there is no entry fee. The adjoining Cold Spring Harbor Library has bathrooms for hikers’ use.

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The views are beautiful on this very steep hike. I have heard that if you go in the summertime, you won’t see much of a view through the trees but you will enjoy the benefit of a cool, shaded hike. The hike itself is only 1.25 miles in each direction but it felt like twice that far. Maybe the hike felt longer because we stopped periodically to give Max water or because Max stopped to play with every dog we passed on the hike. Little Max, only 19 pounds with short legs, had to be carried twice uphill on the way back. Although he loved the hike and even ran ahead (on a long leash) in certain spots, the steep hills became challenging for him.

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We saw several people using hiking sticks which may be useful for the steep inclines. We also saw a few people jogging the trail which I thought would be really fun until I realized that the steep, jagged path may be a recipe for disaster for an accident-prone person like me. Instead, next time, Jay and I came up with the idea of each of us wearing a 20 lb. weighted vest during the hike.

It sounds like a great idea now- extra cardio- but wait until we are actually trying to walk uphill with our weighted vests. I’m sure there’s a funny blog post in there somewhere.

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We ended our hike at the bottom of a hill where the trail met Lawrence HIll Road. If you cross over this road you can enter into Trail View State Park and hike it all the way to Bethpage State Park.

Jay and I will probably hike further next time, wearing our weighted vests, without Max, as the longer hike may be too much for him.

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Check out the Long Island Greenbelt Trail online at ligreenbelt.org for hiking maps and trail information. The Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference is a non-profit organization that has created more than 200 hiking trails on Long Island. A few years ago, I bought an informative book, “Hiking Long Island: A Comprehensive Guide To Parks And Trails” by Lee McAllister. The book features hiking trails and nature walks throughout Long Island.

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Happy Hiking!

(view from the parking lot at the base of the trail)