Wandering In Westchester

Last night I started crashing.  My thoughts just got so overwhelming.  And with all that I’m dealing with, and have been dealing with, I know that this will happen sometimes; that I’ll have my down days.  And I know that’s ok.  What matters is overall I am now having more good days than bad.  But still, the bad days shake me up pretty badly.

Even today, my thoughts were still getting the best of me.  But, it’s Valentine’s Day and my husband had off from work today, which meant Family Fun Day which always puts me in a good mood.  Having amazing adventures is just so much fun and so freeing.  Especially when you get back to nature and can ground yourself.

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Today my husband and I set off for Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining, NY.  Located right over the Bear Mountain Bridge, or Tappan Zee Bridge, in Westchester County is conveniently located a beautiful 1000-acre nature preserve and education center.  We had never been there before, but now having been we will definitely be going back.

It’s actually funny how we came across Teatown.  I must have been researching places to visit in New York State awhile ago and wrote down a bunch of ideas.  This piece of paper somehow got stashed away and forgotten about.  The other day when I was cleaning out a cabinet that I honestly haven’t touched in years, I came across this piece of paper with Family Fun Day ideas written on it and Teatown caught my eye.  I looked it up, showed my husband, and we decided that it looked like fun and we should go.

Today was a nice mild day out, not too cold at all.  The ground was a little soggy from all the rain, but nothing that couldn’t be dealt with.  It was the perfect day for going to Teatown, and I’m so glad we did.

My husband and I love hiking.  We love being outside in nature.  I find being out in nature so calming.  I love being in the forest.  I love feeling removed from everything.  I love the smell of the trees and the dirt.  I feel grounded.  I feel like everything makes sense in the woods.  And I absolutely love it.

Teatown has many different hiking trails you can take from easy to moderate to strenuous.  Seriously, there is a hike for anybody of any age here.  When we got to Teatown we parked and went into the Education Center to get maps and decide which trail to hike.  After reviewing the trails we decided to go with the easiest hike first, the Lakeside Trail Loop which totaled 1.5 miles.

“The Lakeside Trail is Teatown’s oldest and most popular trail on the preserve. Take a quiet stroll around Teatown Lake with your family or friends and enjoy the best kept secret of the Hudson Valley. Your hike will take you past the famous Teatown Boathouse, over boardwalks and through natural rock formations. For the youngsters, we provide ‘education stops’ to help visitors better familiarize themselves with the ecosystems and wildlife found on the preserve.”

https://www.teatown.org/visitors/hike-teatown/find-a-hike/

The Lakeside Trail Loop was so much fun and so beautiful!  I can only imagine what it would be like in the Spring and Summer when everything is alive and green.  But even in the middle of winter it was beautiful with the frozen lake, swans swimming in unfrozen sections, and a beautiful path that meandered through the woods, over wooden boardwalks and bridges.  We saw people of all ages hiking this trail today, from a mother with very small children to a woman in her 20’s hiking with her dog, to a senior citizen who was out photographing nature.  This was a trail that anyone could enjoy.

The hike was beautiful and fun and it felt good to be outside.  I can’t wait till we go back and try other trails and explore some more.  I can’t wait to go back with our camera equipment and get some awesome nature shots.  Teatown is sure to become a favorite destination of ours.

So if you’re looking for something to do, get outside and explore Teatown.  It’s literally fun for everyone!

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