Feb 1, 2018

WHAT I DO WHEN IT’S 10 DEGREES OUT

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If you know me at all, you’ll know I’m not like most people when it comes to weather preferences. I love a perfect fall day just as much as the next person, but I do love a good sweltering August day in the city because I enjoy frying eggs on the sidewalk. I also love it when the only way to go outside in the winter is to not let any bit of skin show and to wear protective goggles with your snow gear.

Since winter is just gearing up this year, we got a nice taste this weekend of what’s to come. The entire eastern side of the United States got hit with a “bomb cyclone” (seriously, that’s what it’s called). This basically means the atmospheric pressure dropped crazy amounts within 24 hours, the wind was up to 55 mph in some areas, and of course it snowed.

One reason I love weather like this is because if I hear the term “bomb cyclone” thrown out by weather forecasters, then I’m working from home.

Because of how intense this storm was I had to work from home two days in a row. By day two though I had to get outside and enjoy the weather. So I went on a hike with Nick’s brother, Christian, and the baby dog – Yuki Suzuki.

This weather really is refreshing. It actually wakes me up when I feel it hit my face. The air is almost thick with cold. It’s like the song says, Jack Frost is nipping at your nose.

I love living in Rockland County because we’re so close to the city, but we still have some mountains and tons of trails to hike. We decided to go to Kennedy Dells Park which has easier trails, and since the high was 10 degrees, easy trails felt appropriate.

My favorite spot in this park is the waterfall. It’s a pretty small one, but it’s beautiful. The area is covered with moss and some old stone structures that must have been a house at one point in time.

Funny enough, the first set of pictures on the SD card I was using were from that exact spot, but in the summer. At that time the trees were green and the water was flowing freely. This time the water fall and stream it flows into were frozen in time.

My second favorite spot is an area filled with hundreds of trees all in perfectly aligned rows. I wish I could tell you what kind of trees these are, but I cannot. (Feel free to comment on this post and help me out with the correct genus).

I’m not sure of the backstory behind this magnificent arrangement, but I love the way the light shines through the branches and creates a warm dreamlike tone in the thick of the trees. It looks much different from the outside looking in, and when you enter it feels like a completely different place.

Since Yuki knows these trails well she pretty much led the way mostly. Toward the end though it got too cold for her. Luckily we were almost out of the woods (literally) and close to the car so Christian carried her the rest of the way back.

Even though I love the cold, I also love the part when we’re back at the car getting warm and toasty : )

Here’s a few more fun pictures from the hike: