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The New Moriches Inlet

When my cousins and I were little, our grandpa or one of our parents would shuttle us over to Great Gun, the beach at the end of Fire Island, N.Y., or to the very tip of Westhampton Beach on the other side of the Moriches Inlet. We would drop anchor in a cove on the bay side of the dunes and either stay there and wade in the water or climb the white sand dunes to the ocean side and play wiffle ball. For me, these trips always ended in third degree burns. One time I ripped the bottom of my foot open on a rusty boardwalk nail. I have nothing but good memories from these trips.

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When Day Trips Fail: Upstate New York Edition

View of the Hudson River from Olana.

View of the Hudson River from Olana.

I want to preface this entire post by saying that I grew up north of New York City, in what people would technically refer to as “upstate,” and I believe that it is one of the most beautiful places in the world. That said, I’ve spent very little time in the equally beautiful, but much less population-dense, up-upstate New York…until last weekend.

The trouble started when I read Tom Lewis’ book The Hudson. It was lent to me about two years ago, by my friend Todd, when I first moved to New York City, and I didn’t pick it up until the beginning of this month, when I had finished everything I could possibly read about the history of the British royal family. The Hudson is a beautifully written, yet short, history of the Hudson River, starting from lower Manhattan and New Jersey, all the way up to its origin at Lake Tear of the Clouds. Toward the end of the book, Lewis discusses Frederic Edwin Church’s mystical mansion, called Olana, which still stands overlooking 60 miles of the Hudson River in Hudson, N.Y. I had to go to there.

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It’s a Hard Knock Life

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In the past year since I moved to New York City, my life seemed to settle down quite a bit. You’ve probably noticed this because of the slow down on the blog. Don’t get me wrong, New York City is filled with crazy, and every day you take your life into your hands just by walking outside. Literally, going into the subway these days might as well be suicide. But, in the past year, I’ve moved into a great apartment on my own, landed a new job, started volunteering at a cancer hospital…I’m basically awesome and perfect at being a New Yorker. There has been little of the crazy that was following me all over Boston, like when I took my friends out to dinner and we ended up starring in a reality show, or that time the limo with the fully stocked wet bar picked me up on Comm Ave. There was one night at Sparks Steakhouse that was pretty interesting…but I digress.

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Manhattanhenge 2012

Manhattanhenge 2011. Photo courtesy of Gothamist.

So I’ve never experienced this before, but I think it will be pretty cool.

If you’re in New York City tonight at sunset, watch as “the setting Sun aligns precisely with the Manhattan street grid, creating a radiant glow of light across Manhattan’s brick and steel canyons,” according to Hayden Planetarium. This phenomenon, known to us as Mahattanhenge, is kind of like Stonehenge in the U.K., where the “Sun rises in perfect alignment with several of the stones, signaling the change of season.” Except, you know, I’m pretty sure ours is a fluke.

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Antiquing: The Highs and Lows of a Day at the Flea Market

This would be a low.

On Sunday, my friends Katie, Lindsey and myself headed out to Brimfield, MA for the Brimfield Antique Show. This was my first ever antique show. However, I have been to the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale, FL many times, and I can safely say that Brimfield is way classier, yet, still, not very classy at all, if that’s possible.

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, and that was never more clear to me than on Sunday. While some booths contained beautiful furniture, glass fixtures, and jewelry, others were selling baby doll heads and used socks. I’m not totally sure what the exact definition of “antique” is, but I know it does not include gum wrappers or old oil cans.

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McSkillet’s “Wild” Day at the Zoo

No, this is not the title of my future world-famous children’s book. My friend Rebekah (referred to here as McSkillet because she’s very important and well-known), was kind enough to share her zoo-journey with me today via email pics, and I in turn, am kind enough to share them with you. Because they’re awesome. And because the Woodley Park Zoo in Washington, DC might be one of the greatest places on earth. Aside from the Zoo Bar across the street, of course.

Here’s hoping these pics can make up for the closing of my beloved Cafe International on Connecticut Ave NW. I just knew that place couldn’t stay open without my morning brew and muffin. And Phil’s cappuccino with no sugar. Seriously. This kid. Every morning.

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In Other News, the Hudson Valley Looks Gorgeous

Jeanie hates when I take pictures while I’m driving, so I had to get all my photography in on my train rides to and from the City. Sometimes living in the country has its perks.

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A View from the Bridge

When you haven’t been home in a while, you appreciate it more when you come back. This summer, I’ve been spending most of my weekends on Long Island, so imagine my enthusiasm to once again cross the Hudson on the Bear Mountain Bridge. Here are some pics from my bberry. Also, can’t forget the Manhattan skyline (this time from the Throgs Neck, because, don’t worry, I still made it to LI). I love New York.

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The Ultimate Summer Saturday

Houses on Edgartown Harbor

There once was a time that a Saturday during the summer was spent in cool AC watching cartoons and drinking Cokes. For some reason, as an adult, that just doesn’t cut it, and just this past Saturday, with the sun hot and the breeze cool, me, my mom and Miss Katie Poff decided to take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard, where the beach, big houses and bike trails awaited us!

Waking up at 6 a.m. isn’t exactly my cup of tea, especially when physical activity awaits me at the other end, but I knew the temperature on Martha’s Vineyard was going to be a strong 85, and I’ve been waiting all winter for some ocean views. We arrived at Woods Hole around 9 a.m., parked ourselves in the Gifford Street lot, and shuttled down to the waterfront ferry with two guys discussing the best squid to catch fluke with (one of which in a Harley Davidson leather jacket – so many things wrong there).

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The Freedom Trail: A Good Walk Never Spoiled

In the eight years I’ve lived in Boston (off and on), I’ve done the Freedom Trail about one bigillion times. Funnily enough, I’d never finished the damn thing. In all the times that I’ve started following that red line toward the State House, past the Granary Burying Ground, toward Old City Hall and past the Old South Meeting House, I’d never once made it across the Harbor, into Charlestown and up Bunker Hill. Until this past weekend.

With my best friend Sam coming for a visit, I was determined to finish the Freedom Trail if it killed us. And it almost did. Those 300 or so steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument nearly did me in, and my legs are still sore (translation: I need to work out more). But sitting at the top of Bunker Hill, with the breeze blowing and the sky a bluer blue than I’ve seen in quite some time, I knew that taking a Saturday to complete the Freedom Trail was definitely worth it.

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