Long Cold Winter

Everyone on Long Island is well aware of the insane prolonged weather we had to put up with, so that’s an explanation or an excuse as to why our site has been dormant since November.  We promise you things are about to pick up once again on 1Quest2theNext.  We took our first 2014 hike a few days ago and will post in a bit.  To sum up what little outdoor fun we had on LI since mid November, we are just going to publish a set of photos.  Hope you enjoy, and please visit often as we go on new adventures this Spring (now that it’s really Spring!).

 

5+ mile hike w/ Brandon in November from Kings Park Bluff -> Nissequogue River St. Park -> woods leading up to Smithtown Landing CC and back on the LI Greenbelt

5+ mile hike w/ Brandon in November from Kings Park Bluff -> Nissequogue River St. Park -> woods leading up to Smithtown Landing CC and back on the LI Greenbelt

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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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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

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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.

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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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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

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

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It’s quittin’ time!

Hi, valued 1Quest2theNext readers!  Almost time to logoff for a few days, shutdown the laptop, take off your work gloves, put away school books and get outside and enjoy this great Island we live on.  Here are a few highlights of activities to give a try:

Old Westbury Gardens the next several nights to view over 5,000 hand-carved Jack-o-Lanterns lighting up the property

– Planting Fields Fall Family Festival both Saturday and Sunday.  Includes: Halloween Trick or Treat, Costume Parade, Puppet Show, Pony Rides, Potato Sack Races,  Pumpkins for sale, live music and much more!

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Fall Friday

It was a long work week – didn’t get to see the kids much so looking forward to some outdoor fun!  It’s feeling a bit cool and I’m slipping and sliding on lots of leaves on my runs through the Long Island Greenbelt Trail.  Busted 2 toes today on a tree root, but that’s good kind of pain 🙂

Every year I say let’s forget about paying for Fall cleanup and try to take care of it myself.  I guess I am having delusions about how much raking the kids can handle and I usually make it through half the yard – the front usually, not the full back.  I’ll see the kids lounging on the couch doing nothing or hear the Giants game and I cave and call someone to finish my ‘attempt’.

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