True wilderness is where you keep it, and real wilderness experience cannot be a sedentary one; you have to seek it out not seated, but afoot.
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.
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.
The Fall issue of the New York Parks Department event and activity guide, Outdoors in NYC is available for download now.
The fall issue of the Urban Park Rangers' Outdoors in New York City is available—the link is to the PDF. It contains a smorgasbord of "Weekend Adventure" activities with something for everyone, including astronomy, orienteering, wilderness survival, wildlife viewing, and kids & family programs. All of the programs are free, so get out there and enjoy!
The boys and I went for a nice little bike ride Sunday afternoon. We started a bit late, so we had to return after dark, but we enjoyed a glorious sunset view that made it worthwhile. Of course we were well equipped with lights and reflective vests for biking after sundown.
The Fall 2011 Issue of Outdoors in New York City ("the free newspaper of outdoor adventure") is available for download in PDF form at this link. It includes dozens of resources and events at Parks Department locations throughout the 5 boroughs.
It was November, 1999, and Tree Kid was all of 7 weeks old—not climbing trees just yet! We decided to take him camping for the first time. I suppose we were in full-blown, new parent "proving this won't change our life" mode, but we also truly believe that being outdoors is good for kids, at any age.