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My husband had the brilliant idea (really, it was brilliant) to get up early and get to Watkins Glen State Park before anyone else got there.  Although I looked sleepy in photos and was exhausted by noon, it was great to walk the park before the throngs of tourists came.  The best part was: the sun hit the waterfalls in a way that created rainbows in several sections of the park.  As we descended near noon we found maddening crowds and a natural daylight that didn’t highlight the waterfalls like the early morning light had.  I’m glad we rose early!

Some info on Watkins Glen from wikipedia:

“Watkins Glen is south of Seneca Lake in Schuyler County in New York’s Finger Lakes region. The park’s lower part is near the village, while the upper part is open woodland. It was opened to the public in 1863 and was privately run as a tourist resort until 1906, when it was purchased by New York State.

The centerpiece of the park is a 400-foot-deep narrow gorge cut through rock by a stream – Glen Creek – that was left hanging when glaciers of the Ice age deepened the Seneca valley, increasing the tributary stream gradient to create rapids and waterfalls wherever there were layers of hard rock. The rocks of the area are sedimentary of Devonian age that are part of a dissected plateau that was uplifted with little faulting or distortion. They consist mostly of soft shales, with some layers of harder sandstone and limestone.

The park features three trails – open mid-May to early November – by which one can climb or descend the gorge.” 

Seriously isn’t this place amazing?!

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from behind the falls

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my husband getting shots

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I’m his sleepy muse at 7 a.m

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We took off to upstate NY for the long fourth of July weekend.  Ezra and Zoe stayed with cousins and grandma and grandpa … they found a strawberry patch behind Aunt Becca’s house!  I don’t think I’ve ever eaten berries sweeter than this.  But we had to eat them quickly – no preservatives in these bad boys.  They got soft within a day.  They were just too tasty NOT to eat them.  After this picking session, my husband and I took off for wine tasting in the Finger Lakes region (more photos to come)!

 

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photos by Greg Kessler Photography.

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We had another round of cousins come through!  We took them to Oculus and lower Manhattan for some slide and playground time, then invited them along to find eggs in our alley.  While the boys went to a Yankees game, the gals went to see an acrobatic show titled  ‘Something’ in Times Square.  Zoe loves the huge cupcakes sold outside of the theater.  The weather was unseasonably warm so kids were able to dye eggs outdoors (whew.. less mess).  Ezra is super proud of his ‘galaxy egg’ seen here:

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checking out Oculus at World Trade Center

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these girls mean business…

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my mom’s old technique for making paw prints make believers of even the older kids

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sharing their stash

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Zoe loves chocolate!

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the galaxy egg

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warmer temps and a city view from the playgrounds

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The cast of ‘Something’ poses with the girls

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look ma! it’s as big as my head!

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Even though the temps were warm, we could do a few wintery NYC things like ice skating in Bryant Park.  A February-break staycation is always fun when you get to catch up on city outings like this, and the rink wasn’t even crowded with tourists shockingly!

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beautiful views of the NY Public Library and surrounding buildings

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Zoe finally standing and skating on her own (well, sort of)

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folks in their business attire pop out for a quick turn on the ice during lunch hour

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Quick! one last loop before the Zamboni comes out!

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Happy New Year!

We got back from sunny Florida and headed to Connecticut for a great NYE party.  By the next morning there was enough blanket of snow to go out for a New Year’s Day fat burning snow hike.  We had our new friend Jem the rescue dog in tow for a walk (owned by our friend Tom) and explored the snowy fields and frozen lake, and a tree full of frozen-in-time icicles!  Back to the grind..

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walking the road with friend Brad

 
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What’s better than having Chanukah and Christmas land in the same week? Visiting both sets of grandparents in Florida for a few days!

We love blue skies and really miss them here in dreary and gray NYC.

Add on some great excursions like a trip to a Manatee Lagoon,  Jupiter Inlet LighthouseWakodahatchee Wetlands and of course – the pool and beach – and you have kids sobbing on the plane that they have to leave.  I’m missing the warm temps right about now as well.

Have a great start to a new year everyone!  May your year be full of sunshine like our photos below:

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peaceful walk through bird and alligator life (and iguanas!) at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

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sea spiders in tanks at the Manatee Lagoon learning center

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The Lighthouse and its views, along with gorgeous trees on the groundsimg_6194

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And lots of beach and pool time

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