The Woodpecker Games

From Brandon, age 11…

 

On Sunday we had some time before dinner so my dad and I got to go on a cool hike around Miller’s Pond in Smithtown.  When we got there our car almost went into the shallow edge of the pond when my dad got out of the car without putting the car in park.  I jumped out of the car and my dad jumped back in and hit the brake.  It was scary at first then but after it was funny.

 

The pond had a lot of ducks in it.  It also had 1 swan.  There were people fishing and a lady reading a book in her car.  We started hiking around the pond along the Greenbelt Trail, which is 32 miles across Long Island.  You can start at Sunken Meadow and finish at Heckscher Park or the other way around.  We were somewhere in the middle.  When we were on the trail we saw lots of birds, trees that had fallen down and then cut and moved off the trail and some flowers starting to grow.  After walking through this part of the trail, we crossed over

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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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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 🙂

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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Greenbelt Trail: 32 Miles from Long Island Sound to Great South Bay

“Daddy, can you take 6 months off from work, take me out of school too and can we hike the Appalachian Trail together?“.

This request came from my son Brandon, 10, during a 6+ mile hike around Stump Pond while camping in Blydenburgh County Park on Long Island, New York.  If you don’t know, the AT starts in Georgia, finishes in Maine and is 2186 miles long.  Thru-hikers, if they complete the trek, start around April and finish in Continue reading