Every single time we planned a hiking trip, from last summer to this October, it just happened to either rain or conflict with other plans.

Thankfully, the fall stayed a little longer for us. In beautiful high 50-low 60 degree weather and about 45 miles up the Hudson River, we got the space we needed to decompress from the chaos of city life for a day.

I have never been on a successful hike of this level. I’ve had my fair share of exercise, walking/running trails, or exploring on my own, but 600 feet of winding elevation is different compared to the Mayan ruins in Cozumel or my daily 2-minute sprint up three staircases to catch the J train on Woodhaven Boulevard. I got pretty frustrated at one point due to a lack of maps (which I don’t recommend for true beginners!!!) but Ream was of course the more experienced and calm one, for which I am thankful.

I am proud of this small feat. Because it not only opened up my lungs for the first time in a long time…it opened up my mind to the world beyond my personal sphere. I took the abundance of nature for granted when I was younger and living in Florida, but now I crave it everyday.

Here’s to more breaths of fresh air.

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