Another summer day and another outdoors adventure. It’s safe to say that I spend more time reminiscing and dreaming about hiking now than I did when I lived in California. I’m sure it has to do with the fact that I’m surrounded in concrete and yearning for that outdoors experience. Although to be fair, I also spent a lot of time wishing I was spending more time outdoors in college and well, it was college. I definitely could have done so back then.
Anyways, thank goodness for active friends who are willing to try something new. Even if it means taking New Jersey Transit from NYC to Tuxedo, New York to go hiking. Yeah, I’m not sure how we got that one, but we made it.
Our options for the 4th of July weekend hikes were between Bear Mountain, Breakneck Ridge, and Beacon. Many of us had raced Bear Mountain for the North Face Endurance Challenge and weren’t exactly too keen to revisit that course, but found a different part of the mountain to explore.
^^ All set with the very smooth and tasty (yet a bit high on the sugar scale) Noosa and Califia experiment. I’m much more of a fan of almond milk lattes with the barista blend, but this on the go brew was solid enough. Some of the other folks picked up bagels near Penn Station at Best Bagel & Coffee but I was saving up for dinner at Parm. More salivating pictures and reviews on that to come.
We weren’t entirely sure what type of hike or route we were going to take but thankfully one of the gals had brought a map along with her, so we weren’t too terribly lost.
^^ Huge fan of NUUN, an electrolyte tablet that you can pop in your water to shake up hydration. It’s pretty popular among runners and folks on-the-go and as you can see, perfect to pop in any bag when traveling or even keep at work!
Those looking for the nitty gritty, the electrolytes packed in these tablets (namely >> sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium) help reduce cramps and improve muscle function and recovery.
^^ We may not have found a true look out point but this side of the mountain provided quite a nice view. We even had an encounter with a deer! Don’t worry, we didn’t actually touch the deer, but I got some decent action shots.
We made it back around 3:30 to catch the early afternoon train into NYC. From there it was off to PARM and oh what a tasty treat that was. To be continued…
“Whenever the sun is shining, I feel obligated to play outside!”
― Charles M. Schulz