Bluff to the Beach Hike

**Story by Brandon, Sofia and Mia**

From Brandon, 10:  Yesterday me and 2 of my sisters went on a hike on the Long Island Greenbelt Trail.  We started at the Kings Park Bluff and hiked all the way to Sunken Meadow Beach.  Along the way we walked through the woods, going uphill and downhill, and also got to look out over the Long Island Sound.  I saw chipmunks, squirrels, a lot of birds including Bluejays.  There were a few people on the trail; some running and some walking with their dog.  But a lot of the time it was just us.

When we got to Sunken Meadow State Park we reached the trailhead for the Greenbelt Trail just over a bridge.  We went to a playground and there was a high school cross-country race and lots of people cheering!

After awhile it got cold so we started back.  Even though we followed the white tree blazes for the Greenbelt on the first part of our hike, on the way back to the Bluff we went left onto the Yellow Trail for a little while and got closer to Continue reading

Love/Hate Friday

Love:

Friday morning:  Deciding where I want my Saturday morning run to take me.  Off road if I can help it.  A boardwalk, loop around a pond, some trails.  I probably think about it the whole train ride to work.

Don’t Love:

Friday night:  Shoot, where the heck am I running in the morning?

Hate, but typical:

Saturday 5:30am.  (Sitting in my car in the driveway) Ok where am I going?

Greenbelt Trail

Greenbelt Trail

There are too many running locations that interest me, that I want to do them all and can’t make a decision.  It’s not like I’ll never run again, I should just take a risk and Continue reading

Guest Post: Half Hollow Hills Wellness Fair and 5k Run 11/3

I’m happy to present 1Quest2theNext’s first ever Guest Post!  Please welcome Long Island’s own Meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles – sharing exciting news about upcoming weekend family fun!

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Hello Long Island!

For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Meredith, from the health and fitness blog, The Cookie ChRUNicles.

Jason was kind enough to let me take over today’s post with some information regarding the Half Hollow Hills Wellness Fair and 5k Run that will take place Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Can you believe October is almost over and that we are already talking about November activities?

The Half Hollow Hills School District, together with their PTA Council, have put together quite a Wellness event, sponsored by Stat Health of Deer Park.

In addition to a 5K race (LITF Certified Course), there will be a Family Fun Run and a Wellness Fair featuring awesome local vendors, brands and stores.

  • Stat Health will be offering free blood pressure and glucose screenings
  • Cross Fit Gym will be Continue reading

21 Inspiring and Outdoorsy Parents You Should Meet: Their Blogs, Tips and More

Thanks to Meghan @ adventurousparents.com for featuring 1Quest2theNext in her latest article!

The Adventures in Parenthood Project

They say it takes a village to raise a child. I say: even better if that village shares your interests and some of your philosophy on child-rearing. Imagine my joy when I discovered a wonderful online community of other outdoorsy parents from throughout North America – from Alaska to Georgia, Alberta, Colorado and beyond. This group has been keen to collaborate on articles, share each other’s new blog posts, and also offer up tips on outdoor parenting. I thought it was high-time to feature a bunch of them!

I asked each one for their favourite posts and their tips for new parents who want to get in the outdoors. I hope you’ll be as inspired as I am by their wise and encouraging words.

Click on any photo to start the slideshow! 

Who inspires you to get outdoors with your family?

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LI Greenbelt trail: Where am I?

I took the photo below 3 miles into an 11 mile run on the Long Island Greenbelt Trail this morning. I have no idea what town I’m in at this point and that’s just how I like it :-). I started at the Lakeland County Park in Islandia and crossed over the LIE first.

Map of my run:

http://www.strava.com/activities/90023171

Now that I’m home and can look on the map I can see I had just passed through the Islip County Preserve. The Hamlet Windwatch golf course was on my left and I was in Hidden Pond Park. I also ran through Hunts Pond Preserve, looped part of Miller Pond, and went North through Blydenburgh Park across the Continue reading

National Parks Open! The absurdity is over

It seems completely un-American to put people in the position of not being allowed in OUR own parks.  They are OURS (well, we share them with wildlife and plants of course).  I think about all the families that had vacations planned over the last few weeks to Mt. Ranier or Badlands or Yosemite (or Yoh zeh MITE as my son called it this week) National Parks and came across closed gates.  I can’t imagine if that had been the case when the kids and I went cross-country this summer to 4 of those parks.  I guess we would’ve gone to Disneyland instead.

Well, at least the parks are back open and OURS again.  While those of you on Long Island may not think this affected us, there are sites in our state that are run by the National Park Service.  This includes Sagamore Hill National Historic Site in Cove Neck and Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor.  They were closed, their employees were not getting paid and the natural wonders that they provide the Long Island communities were blocked off.  I’m glad this is over, but leadership from all parts of the political spectrum should really apologize to the people (not just because of the impact Continue reading

Shucks, it’s time for the Oyster Fest!

Last Fall I took my son and his friend to the annual Oyster Bay Oyster Festival for the first time.  I’d gone to the Oyster Fest about 6-8 times previously, but of those visits were through the eyes of a college kid or young professional.  Let’s just say that a) it’s now a dry event and b) going with your 9 year old and his buddy is a whole different experience!

The Oyster Festival lasts an entire weekend and draws huge crowds – over 200,000 from near and far – to this lovely waterfront hamlet on the North Shore of Long Island.  Billy Joel sings about Oyster Bay in his songs and has a motorcycle shop in town, but locals know all about the beauty and fun that draws Continue reading

Chillin’ in Welwyn

From the Parenting 101 guidebook –  when your 5 year old daughter tells you she’s not thirsty and doesn’t see the need to carry her water bottle while hiking, bring it anyway.  Don’t fall for this Jedi mind trick as I did when I took my 3 oldest kids on a quest to Welwyn Preserve in Glen Cove recently.  You think I would learn by now!?!!  Oh, but wait – I sometimes do this Jedi mind trick thing on myself and don’t bring water on long runs on trails during muggy, humid mornings, so….

I read about Welwyn on that thing called the word wide web one day when I was trying to find a new place to explore with the kids.  The forecast was calling for heavy rain a few hours later but I just Continue reading

Thermometer Thursday :-(

We usually send a weekly activity and events update on Fridays, however we’re going to publish early this week, as a couple of 1Quest2theNext authors have come down with the flu or similar today.  This definitely alters weekend plans filled with hikes, runs, lacrosse clinic and more.  Hopefully all the kids are ok Monday so we can head out to Schmitt’s Family Farm bright and early before the crowds hit to get their pumpkins!

Sofia riding a pumpkin @ Schmitt's Family Farm Oct '12

Sofia riding a pumpkin @ Schmitt’s Family Farm Oct ’12

Sickness has been passing through the house all week and I hope that’s not the case where you are, 1Quest2theNext readers.  Because there are some great fall events and things to do this Continue reading