About a week ago, Lukasz and I decided to leave city life behind and get outside, if only for one day. As I have previously mentioned, we had a 5 day camping trip planned but it fell through when we found out that there was going to be rain and thunder in the area. While, usually, that seems like the recipe for a fun adventure at a lake, I wasn’t about to take that chance with my two month old precious cargo in tow.
A lot of people don’t realize this about New York City but, we actually live really close to a lot of fun day trips that lets you explore the great outdoors. Even Lake George is just a few hours away. On this particular day, we chose to head to Rockefeller State Park in New Jersey. It wasn’t crazy mountains or anything, but it was nice to get out of the city and get a little fresh air. It was nice to see cute squirrels and chipmunks as opposed to the usual subway rats. One thing I can definitely do without is the summer bugs and ticks but it’s all a compromise, I suppose.
Another unexpected encounter was the rain! We had barely started our walk around the lake when a thunderstorm hit. The trees definitely made it less wet as were standing under their canopy but it was coming down fast. We all actually loved it, including Petra who sat in her stroller looking in a amazement at the water falling from the sky. Its really fun to experience moments like that with my little family. Sometimes things aren’t perfect and you just have to make do. The rain did make the park incredibly humid so we hung around a little after the rain stopped before we called it a day and drove back. It’s a good thing we did too because we stopped on the side of the road on our way back so Petra could eat and it started pouring even more than when we were at the park. It was fun to sit in the car and watch the rain fall, like we were in our own little bubble.