The Aching Heart of the City That Never Sleeps

42nd St towards the Chrysler Building, NYC, quarantine

There’s an ache in my chest as I witness my city silenced for the second time in my life. It’s Friday. Rush hour. You can hear a pin drop. The shadows are heavy. The mirrored reflections are motionless.

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Skyline Drive-A Detour Worth Taking

Blue Ridge Mountain overlook on Skyline drive, Shenandoah National park

During our two week road trip down the East Coast of the US we took a detour that would bring us to the best views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Lake Placid, NY—Capturing Hearts & History

Lake Placid Olympic Village Mountain View, Adirondacks, New York

Lake Placid is a welcome addition to the bountiful adventures New York State has to offer. Tucked away in the Adirondack Mountains, this area holds its place in history and people’s hearts.

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Visiting Blue Ridge Mountain Royalty-Grandfather Mountain, NC

View Grandfather Mountain from Mile High Swinging Bridge, North Carolina

Family adventures always include at least one special thing that we want to experience or enjoy, but Grandfather Mountain surprised us with four—otters, bears, a skybridge, and the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Needless to say, everyone in the family was satisfied.

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The Breathtaking & Bold Minnewaska State Park Preserve

Hiker standing on edge Gertrude’s Nose, Minnewaska Preserve, New York

New York State Parks keep amazing us with their abundant waterfalls, mountains, hiking, and gorgeous scenic views! On our quest to explore more of the state’s natural wonders, we planned a visit to Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley– New York’s largest state preserve at 22,000 acres! Our spring visit was full of rushing waters, icy rocks, snowy foot paths, and a frozen lake. Our summer visit was a motivating exploration of the trails that led us to the highest scenic overlooks.

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10 Outdoor Adventures to Love New York

Two tier waterfall, Kaaterskill Falls, Catskill Mountains, New York

It’s no secret that our family has a special place in our hearts for New York, but what’s not to love? Here’s our list of some great adventures that get you out, get you moving, and speak to your soul! We’ve included something from each region of the state to keep your adventuring going strong. If you thought New York was just the hustle and bustle of city life, then you’re in for a surprise.

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Exploring Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve, Georgia

Large vernal pool on top Arabia Mountain, Georgia

Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is an ecological bucket list item. You can visit any time of year and find new and interesting plants taking their turn on the granite. Our family really enjoyed visiting and exploring the preserve with its refreshingly different ambience.

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