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Shawangunk Mountain Hike

This past weekend Paula, the boys and I went for a ‘short’ hike in the Shawangunk Mountains.  We started our hike in Sam’s Point Preserve and hikeds to Verkeerderkill Falls, then we continued on to the High Point Trail and made the entire 10 mile loop back to the parking lot.  The weather was great and for the most part everyone enjoyed themselves.  I think we should have cut the hike a bit shorter but overall it was good.

 

Family Ski Trip

We just got back from a weekend ski trip into the Poconos in PA.  A friend of the family has a house out there that she let us use for the weekend.  It was just 10 minutes from Camel Back Mountain so we took the boys up to check out the skiing and see if we could all learn how to snowboard.  It was fun but being that it was a holiday weekend the place was really crowded. 

All of us took lessons to learn how to snowboard and we gave it a try.  I think Nick got the best lessons and certainly did the best out of all of us.  Overall we had a good time and will definitely want to go try snowboarding again soon.

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Merry Christmas

Wishing a Merry Christmas to all, hope it was a special day for everyone.

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Pumpkin Carving

Yesterday evening the whole family spent some quality time and carved our Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns.  We had gone to “The Rise of the Jack O’ Lanterns” at Old Westbury with the Cub Scouts on Friday night, so we all had lots of great ideas. 

 

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Halloween

Backpacking Trip with the Boy Scouts

This past weekend Alex and I went backpacking in Harriman State Park with the Boy Scouts (Troop 888).  It was a great experience to hike 4 miles into the woods with your gear on your back and set up a campsite.  We hiked around Pine Meadow Lake and found a nice clearing to camp by around 2pm on Saturday.  We had set up camp and explored a bit before setting our sights on making our dinner and relaxing around the campfire.  Everyone brought a different type of 'backpacking meal' from simple soups, to MRE's (Meals Ready to Eat), to Freeze Dried meals that you just add hot water to.  We had a lot of fun tasting and trying all the different foods, and the boys enjoyed sitting by the lake.  It was different from "car camping" in the sense that you had to bring everything you would need in your backpack, where as in a regular campsite you could always go to your car for an extra blanket or that nice big cooler full of ice and drinks.  Here we actually had to filter fresh water from the lake to use for drinking and cooking.  And everything we packed had to be as light as possible to keep the weight of the backpacks down.  As it was, when we were packing for the trip Alex had weighed both our packs and his weighed in at 40lbs, and mine came in at 35lbs!  That's a lot of weight to carry.  After spending a night in the woods we packed up our camp and hiked another 3.5 miles back out Sunday morning.  Our hike out brought us up and over Diamond Mountain where we got a great view of the park and even a little bit of the NYC skyline off in the distance.  It was a lot of fun and we both can't wait to do it again soon.

 

Heading out on the hikePine Meadow LakeAlex at the CampsiteHiking up Diamond Mt

On top of Diamond Mountain