Swing into Summer

“Sanctuary, on a personal level, is where we perform the job of taking care of our soul” – Christopher Forrest McDowell

On June 21, the first day of Summer, we took a hike at David Weld Sanctuary in Nissequogue, on the North Shore of Long Island.  So it turns out I’ve spent decades living just a few miles from this peaceful haven for birds, deer….and of course people; and never visited.  I’d heard of it but always passed by the parking lot on Nissequogue River Road on the way to Short Beach and didn’t give it a second thought.

We’ve been back a few times in the past month and will tell and show you some of the most fun and interesting parts we have explored so far.  As a special treat we have some fun videos and a poll at the end of this post – don’t forget to check it out!!

The hike through the preserve can be done in various routes, some as long as 3-5 miles if you take some of the side trails just before

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Cloudy with a Chance of Bears

** Written by Sofia (8) and Brandon (11) **

Sofia – “Yesterday I went hiking and camping at Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks.  They are located in Upstate New York and it was 90 miles to drive there.  First we drove to the top of Bear Mountain and we hiked down a little to look at the valley and trees.”

 

Top of Bear Mountain

Top of Bear Mountain

 

Sofia – “At the Perkins Tower, we climbed up 4 stories to the top.  I saw an amazing view.  It had all these mountains and trees.

Brandon – “On every floor of the tower there was pictures of different times in the history of Bear Mountain and what it looked like.  People used to take steam ships to get to the bottom of Bear Mountain”.

Perkins Tower

Perkins Tower

 

Sofia – “After we came out of the tower we hiked on the Appalachian Trail and we

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