On our way back from camping, I knew we had to stop somewhere to sightsee. The drive is, like, four hours! Soon after we left Rogers Rock and had lunch at Bolton Landing, we decided to explore and stumbled upon this beautiful outdoor conservancy. It was called a farm but it was mostly a few close and easy hikes with an indoor butterfly garden. I was mostly excited about the butterfly garden because I wanted Petra to see these Monarch beauties up close. They did not disappoint. Even though I believe Spring is the time butterflies are abundant, on this summer day, we had a fun with a few gorgeous butterflies. Łukasz managed to catch one on his hands and after Petra saw how it was done, she had to grab one for herself too! We held her back though and taught her hold to gently hold them so as not to squash these delicate creatures. Petra learns so quickly by watching us. It's constantly reminding me to watch what I say and do to set the right example for her. Kids really do learn by example!
The hikes in the surrounding areas provides some of the most beautiful views of the lake that I had ever seen. While I got Petra ready to go hiking by slathering her with sunscreen, Łukasz checked in and found out that the property belonged to a rich family who donated it sometime around the 1920's and they turned it into a conservancy to help preserve the natural forest that surrounds it. It's gorgeous! So many lovely wildflowers. I will admit, I wasn't properly dressed for this and I showed up wearing Saltwater Sandals but luckily the forest floors weren't too thick and the hike didn't require any crazy climbing. Petra loved the view as she was strapped to Łukasz' back. It got a little hot so we let her walk around a little at the top of the hill but she was more than content walking on grass and playing with her water bottle.
Such a beautiful day! I'm really glad we got to stop by this space. We had come to Rogers's Rock so much, who knew that this beautiful space was only a few miles away! Adventuring with these two is my favorite!
Last Thursday, my babe, Lukasz, turned 27. To celebrate, we decided to leave the city and head up to New Paltz. It’s the cutest little college town. It has the small town feel that makes me feel like I’m in an episode of Gilmore Girls!
Unfortunately, we passed the stop to get to New Paltz and ended up an hour away in Woodstock, NY! Never one to shy away from exploring, we drove around to see what fun stuff we could do. We found a water reservoir hidden along the road and stopped to explore the forest and do a little photo op with the baby.
I really love how Petra has grown so much in these last few months. Before, my idea of venturing out with a little munchkin would have me filled with anxiety. Is it safe? Is the bugs? Are there ticks? Will I be able to breastfeed? Now, she’s just as curious as we are to head out into some unknown, safe in her dads arms. I love it so much and it makes me excited for the days I can spend with these two, camping and hiking when she’s a little older.
On our way back, Lukasz stopped at an orchard and grabbed a quick bag of apples and cider. I forgot how much I love fall here. The air gets chilly, the leaves change into beautiful warm colors. It truly is my favorite season.
We also stopped by Lukasz’s family’s house in Jersey. They’re such nice and warm people. There’s also a lot of polish being spoken which I love exposing Petra to. They greeted us with delicious dinner and an ice cream cake for Lukasz. It was a good day.
I love this handsome and amazing man. Happy birthday, my love. ❤️
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.