Sunny Saturday

Happy Saturday! I hope everyone’s weekend is off to a great start. It is pretty much the perfect Spring day here in the Hudson Valley: sunny, clear skies, and in the 50s. I love, love, love it!

This morning I took care of laundry, vacuuming, and putting some things away. After a quick lunch Laura and I decided to go for a walk over at Burger Hill Park. We live so close by; I don’t know why we don’t go here more often! The views are gorgeous, it’s quiet and peaceful, and it’s a great walk.

Burger Hill Park

Burger Hill Park

Burger Hill Park

As for this afternoon, I think I’m going to do a little more tidying and then work on my blanket a bit. Hope you all are having a great weekend!

An Evening With Yo La Tengo

One of the most fun things about this year was being able to get back out there seeing live music. I love going to shows. It’s what I did through college and when I was living in Boston afterwards. Of course, when you have little ones it’s not so easy to just head out to a concert. That’s why I’m enjoying it so much now!

This week Drew and I went to see Yo La Tengo play at BSP Kingston. It was a treat to see such a great show locally (just around the corner from my huband’s office). I’m not a YLT superfan, but I definitely listened to my fair share of their music in college, and I am so happy that we got to see them play live.

Yo La Tengo at BSP Kingston

Yo La Tengo at BSP Kingston

The room was really neat — lots of decorations and lights. However, it was so hot in there. I plunked down $3 for a Diet Coke just because I was starting to feel dehydrated. That wasn’t so much fun, but after a cool beverage and some ice I felt better.

Here we are being all hip and cool and Kington-y (ha — yeah right)! Actually, we were just goofing around because I loved the string lights. 

Yo La Tengo at BSP Kingston

But it was a great date night and one more band I can cross of my “must see” list.

Hiking at Bash Bish Falls

Hellooo! I’m trying to catch up on posts. Lots going on to share! Let’s start with last week, Labor Day. One of the things I really wanted to do this summer was head up to Bash Bish Falls for a hike. With no plans last Monday, that’s exactly what we did!

Bash Bish Falls State Park

We decided to go in the morning because it was going to be really hot. That plan worked out well because it wasn’t terribly crowded by the time we got to the falls, but it was getting busy as we were heading back down to the car.

Bash Bish Falls State Park

The State Park straddles New York and Massachusetts (my two favorite states, obviously!). I had to get a pic of the kids at the border!

Bash Bish Falls State Park

The falls themselves are absolutely beautiful! Photos don’t really show how stunning the scenery is. When you get to the top of the trail, there’s an overlook with a rail, and then there are steps so you can get to the bottom.

Bash Bish Falls State Park

Bash Bish Falls State Park

Bash Bish Falls State Park

Bash Bish Falls State Park

Bash Bish Falls State Park

We hiked from the New York side, which is a little longer than from the Mass. side from what I understand, however, it’s not as steep. It was a really easy hike and I’d love to go back in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.

Bash Bish Falls State Park

Little bit of trivia: In October 2009, AOL Travel named Bash Bish Falls as one of the “Most Dangerous Tourist Attractions” in the U.S. and in 2010 AOL Travel again named it one of the ten “most dangerous travel” destinations this time in the world! It would be pretty easy to slip and fall on the rocks, I suppose, but when we were there I never really considered the area dangerous. There have been 25 deaths there, come to find out and there is a fascinating and eerie legend!

Nevertheless, it is just one more reason to love living where I do. The natural beauty here in the Hudson Valley and Berkshires is amazing!

Bird Nerd

I love birds. Big, small, loud, quiet… it doesn’t matter. I love birds.

So yes I admit it: I was the crazy woman who literally turned her car around and parked in front of someone’s house to take iPhone photos of a gorgeous Tom displaying his plumage. I see wild turkeys all the time, but it’s rare that I get a glimpse of one all fluffed up. So gorgeous. 

 

 

Autumn Hike at Wilderstein

Wilderstein view

Sometimes I feel bad for everyone else in the world who does not live here in the Hudson Valley. I’m not quite sure how my path brought me here, but I know for sure that it is where I’m meant to be. It is just so damn gorgeous, especially this time of year. We are lucky to have so many amazing historical sites nearby where you can go (for free) and just take it all in. Laura joined Daisy Scouts, and today was their first outing. We went on a nature hike at Wilderstein. Now, a few years ago I wrote an article on some rennovations that were completed there but until today I had never actually visited. It was a perfectly cool fall day, and a great time to visit. I forgot my DSLR at home, so I only snapped a few shots with my iPhone, but still, I think these photos give you an idea of the beauty of the area. I am a sucker for any Hudson River view. Can you imagine seeing this every day when you walk out of your house? Oh, what I would give! Hudson River view

And then, of course, there is the mansion itself. You can read about the building’s history here. We did not go on a tour (with 8 little girls, that would have been a challenge), but it’s definitely on my personal, ever-growing list of things to do in the Hudson Valley. I also want to do a little research to see if it’s haunted at all. With all the additions and rennovations over the years I wonder! There is a creepiness about it, but that’s not uncommon to many of these Victorian-era houses.

WildersteinThe girls hiked like champs, and we identified many different types of trees, nuts, and grasses. I think this might be the first time I’ve ever seen a ginko tree in person. Gingo leaves

And what little girl can leave without a few treasures? We collected a Sycamore leaf, some chestnuts, a black walnut, and an acorn cap (of which we must have hundreds in our own yard, but…). The acorn cap is to practice whistling. One of the moms showed everyone how to do it. I can’t seem to get it, but a few of the girls had no problem!

Nature hike treasures

Definitely a fun afternoon out! But now I am ready to wind down. I have a fire going and I’m making pork chops, baked potatoes, and broccoli for dinner. Afterwards I look forward to (possibly) seeing if I can manage any last-minute crochet (maybe a hat or cowl) to wear to Sheep and Wool tomorrow. Hope you are having a great Saturday, too!