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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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

Shucks, it’s time for the Oyster Fest!

Last Fall I took my son and his friend to the annual Oyster Bay Oyster Festival for the first time.  I’d gone to the Oyster Fest about 6-8 times previously, but of those visits were through the eyes of a college kid or young professional.  Let’s just say that a) it’s now a dry event and b) going with your 9 year old and his buddy is a whole different experience!

The Oyster Festival lasts an entire weekend and draws huge crowds – over 200,000 from near and far – to this lovely waterfront hamlet on the North Shore of Long Island.  Billy Joel sings about Oyster Bay in his songs and has a motorcycle shop in town, but locals know all about the beauty and fun that draws 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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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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Entenmann’s Great South Bay 5k (really 3.89 miles)

*This story was written entirely by Brandon, 10 – one of 5 co-authors on 1Quest2theNext*

Hi, my name is Brandon.  You may have read my last post I wrote by myself about camping at Blydenburgh Park.  I had run 3 5k distance races so far and I wanted to do another.  My dad and T (grandpa) signed up for the Entenmann’s Great South Bay 1/2 Marathon and there was also a 5k race.

Before I ever do any running I always stretch.  I drink a lot of water the day before races so I have energy and don’t get dehydrated.  I had been running at school, outside in the backyard and up at the Smithtown West high school track.  Just a few weeks ago I ran the Cow Harbor 2k race.  There were a lot of big Continue reading