There are idle spots on every farm, and every highway is bordered by an idle strip as long as it is; keep cow, plow, and mower out of these idle spots, and the full native flora, plus dozens of interesting stowaways from foreign parts, could be part of the normal environment of every citizen.
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.
It's finally happened: the boys are at the age to rebel against what their parents want, and for us now that means going camping. Sigh. They actually just grumbled a bit about going and of course had a great time once we set off. That was a couple of hours later than we had hoped/planned; we weren't all packed and ready to go till about 5:30. The drive is about two and a half hours without traffic, and we also had to stop for some groceries and dinner on the way. Traffic getting out of the city wasn't too terrible, but we didn't stop until after 8, somewhere between Islip and Patchogue.
I normally wouldn't go on an organized hike with an outfitter because in general, we have our own expertise. We don't have our own car, however, in which to escape the city heat. I've always wanted to do a yoga or meditation retreat, but they've always seemed too expensive and time-consuming. I happened to spot an Amazon Local deal for a one-day yoga hike with Destination Backcountry Adventures, and one of the dates was July 16, while all my boys are away at Scout camp or the National Jamboree, so it seemed perfect.
It was another beautiful weekend so we headed back to Jacob Riis Park for the day on Saturday, and once again had a lovely time. We brought our Kelty sunshade instead of just a tarp and it worked much better, although we had to move the panniers to a different bike to accommodate it.
We decided to do a family bike trip out to the beach at Jacob Riis Park on Sunday, and had a great time despite a couple of snafus in the form of flat tires.
This year's City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 20th. We've had great fun at this event in past years.
Presented by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, this will be the sixth annual festival, a day of free entertainment, education, and activities that celebrates the potential of New York City's waterfront. The events will take place on Governors Island and in Liberty State Park.
I've joined my children at my mother's house in Maine. (I took the bus from NYC yesterday.) They've been up here a week already.
While visiting family in Westchester, the Tarpmaster and I went for a short walk along the Amawalk reservoir and dam. They are part of the Croton Aqueduct section of the New York City water supply, which is now used mainly as backup to the Catskills system, and also for a small part of Queens, if I remember right.
The New York City Parks Department is offering an Advanced Canoeing outing this Saturday, July 9, from Noon - 2:00 at Bayswater Park (meet at Bay 32 and Beach Channel Drive).
From the email announcement: