LI Greenbelt Trail: Boys Hiking Weekend Pt. 2

I guess we were inspired from our 6 miles on the trails at Muttontown Preserve yesterday and instead of running this morning Brandon and I completed a 5.5 mile section of the Long Island Greenbelt Trail just South of the LIE. ¬†Brandon wrote yesterday’s post on his own and those are so much more interesting than mine, but he’s tired so we are sharing the responsibility tonight ūüôā

We started off at Lakeland County Park and hiked through Connetquot River State Park Preserve ending at the South entrance in Oakdale. ¬†We have been to the Preserve several times in the past year – I’ve run the Blue Trail (well, most 6.5 of 8 miles, lots of soft sand that I’m not great running on), passed through the Preserve last Sunday running from Lakeland Park to the South trailhead of the LI Greenbelt in Heckscher Park. ¬†Also, we’ve gone to Frog Night at the preserve and held toads and frogs from the Main Pond. ¬†The kids have gone a few other times as well on the shorter trails; enjoying the horses and checking out the reptiles and amphibians in the main office.

This first photo below is from last week and already the colors have shifted to a less colorful shade.  The light and dark green, yellow, brown and reds of the woodlands surrounded us and Continue reading

Lost and Found in Muttontown

**written by Brandon, age 10**

This morning we drove to Muttontown Preserve.  A lot of our family lives near there.  I went with my younger sister Mia, my dad and my mom.  We packed KIND bars, waters, cameras, a compass, GPS watch and dressed for cold weather.  It still felt cold anyway.

My dad went to the Preserve last year with my 3 younger sisters but I couldn’t go that day. ¬†There are many different trails and it is called part of the Gold Coast estates on the North Shore. ¬†But when my dad and sisters went they couldn’t go really all the way through the Preserve. ¬†We wanted to go all the way to the Walled Garden and the Ruins.

The Ruins were originally a huge mansion deep inside the woods.  It was owned by many people and then King Zog from Albania purchased it in 1951 and never moved in.  Later he sold it, but it was very mysterious.  People said that he buried his treasure in the mansion walls and a lot of people ransacked the house to try to find his treasure.  Later on the estate was demolished because it was falling apart.  I really wanted to go and see Continue reading

Step into the Weekend

Have you crashed and burned from all the candy last night? ¬†The 1Quest2theNext kids sorted all their candy after trick or treating and a lot of it seems to have ‘disappeared’ already. ¬†It wasn’t me. ¬†Brandon bit into a candy bar while going through the neighborhood and now his already-loose tooth is hanging in the weirdest position and won’t come out. ¬†Yikes! ¬†More painful than the Knicks loss by a point last night.

I focused on the leftovers from our own candy bowl; ¬†Skittles, Kit Kats and some Snickers I threw in the freezer first. ¬†I’m on a no sugar diet today. ¬†We will all have to work it off this weekend…

Brandon is doing a 4k tomorrow in Northport. ¬†There are nature activities all through the weekend at Caleb Smith and Caumsett as well as in the Hamptons and Montauk. ¬†You can go beach combing, wake up early for the Solar Eclipse Sunday morning or check out owls and other nocturnal animals at the Sweetbriar Nature Center tonight. ¬†Oh, and don’t forget Sunday’s Half Hollow Hills Wellness Fair and 5k Run we covered recently!

Check out our Upcoming Events Calendar and have a great weekend…

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