Nature—the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful—offers something that the street or gated community or computer game cannot. Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity.
It's doable! Read about a trip from the Metro North AT stop on the Harlem Line to the Metro North station at Garrison, and the trail in between.
The Tarpmaster had back-to-back business travel upstate and to Long Island over the past and coming week, so we had a rental car over the weekend. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity to go upstate for some outdoor adventure. We planned an excursion to New Paltz, with a hike in Minnewaska State Park Preserve, a visit to Adair Vineyards, and dinner at Rock Da Pasta in town, which offers gluten-free options.
The fall issue of Outdoors in NYC, the Urban Park Rangers' quarterly listing of park events and activities, is now available online. Highlights include the Urban Starfest in Central Park on Saturday, October 18th, a Green-Wood Cemetery Bird Walk and History Tour on November 22, and Haunted Lantern Tours of Fort Totten Park on October 24 and 25. There are numerous other night sky astronomy events, fall foliage events, and history, hiking, wildlife, and special events, all free.
The Tarpmaster and I went to the People's Climate March on Sunday. (The boys had other plans.) We got to Central Park West and and 72nd Street before 11 AM. The subway going there was packed with other people also going to march. CPW was really packed, from Columbus Circle (which we heard was also packed) up to at least 86th Street, possibly 96th. It's pretty amazing when the crowd goes as far as you can see!
The New York City Department of Transportation is taking the current biking boom seriously! They're sponsoring two fun-sounding events in early August.
Art Ride: Guided Bicycle Tour of Rockaway! Public Arts Festival at Fort Tilden
Sunday, August 3, 2014
The Metroppolitan Waterfront Association is once again holding its annual City of Water Day celebrating the water that surrounds and is essential to New York City. This year, the City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 10am-4pm, on Governors Island and in Maxwell Park in Hoboken. Thousands of people will participate in an array of fun and educational activities.
For more info, go to the City of Water Day website.
Naturally Curious leader Alicia Tait is offering another children's nature walk on the morning of Sunday, July 6th. If you haven't got plans for the whole holiday weekend, you might want to check it out.
This Naturally Curious walk will investigate the dark, damp universe beneath the forest floor. What lives under a rotting log or a patch of decaying leaves? Why are these microhabitats so important to the health of the park? Exploring this unseen world will be the guiding theme of Sunday's adventure.
Nature Walk Time: 9:30-11:30
New York state parks are offering a $5 per night discount off camping reservations through June 26th. We may not have many national parks here in the east, but New York has some of the nation’s largest and most beautiful state sarks.
I decided that since we didn't go camping this weekend, we'd at least do a hike in the city. I've been wanting to go to Marine Park for some time, since I keep reading about birding there in other NYC nature blogs. However, it's a longish ride by public transit, so I hadn't gotten myself organized to get there before now; this weekend we had access to a car.
The Tarpmaster and I went for a bike ride along the Brooklyn shore to Calvert Vaux Park in Bensonhurst, near Coney Island. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and not too hot. The kids didn't come with us as they had other activities with friends.