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Sunday, September 18, 2011

The Great Outdoors.

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, everyone! Life has been coming at me fast recently and it's been a constant race to keep up. With that said, I wanted to share some snapshots from the incredible adventure that I managed to squeeze in yesterday with one of my besties from UVa-- such, such fun!

With the weather looking absolutely perfect (hooray!), we set off for a day of hiking along the Appalachian Trail and in/around Bear Mountain State Park. The sun was shining, the skies were a beautiful shade of blue, and the cool temps managed to keep the completely vertical, 2 mile incline directly up the side of Bear Mountain just a tad more bearable. (You really know you're in for it when you find yourself crawling uphill on all fours in a desperate attempt to not lose your balance and tumble down the side of the mountain- love it!) In any case, the views speak for themselves and the sweaty brows we arrived at the summit with were so, so worth it.

Now one of the greatest things about this part of NY is that there are literally dozens upon dozens of local apple orchards in every which direction you turn. And, where there are apple orchards, there are also one of the all-time tastiest treats in the entire world as well: apple cider donuts.

Half a dozen later...With full bellies and a gigantic gallon of apple cider, we clambered back into the car and began the trek back to Brooklyn. What a fabulous, fabulous Fall day.

I hope you and yours are enjoying your weekend as much I've been!

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