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

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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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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

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

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

Long Island Greenbelt Trail: First Blaze

Before I took Brandon and Sofia to National Parks out in Wyoming and Montana this summer, I wanted to make sure we were prepared to spend some substantial time hiking. ¬†The easy part was purchasing all the gear we needed; hydration daypacks, solid hiking boots, wool socks, layers of clothing to start the cool mornings, compass, binoculars, cameras to start. ¬†It’s always fun to explain to ¬†a 7 year old how delicate a digital camera is; only to turn around and they start swinging it around like a lasso ūüôā

The other crucial part of our preparation was to get some miles in on trails around Long Island; both for our legs and to break in our boots.  My older kids already are used to logging some

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