Summer Recap

At the beginning of the summer I made a list of stuff I wanted to accomplish. Yesterday was officially the last day of summer, so here's a look back at my summer bucket list…

Summer solstice yoga in Times Square – loved this!


Kayaking on the Hudson – never made it around to this.

Shakespeare in the Park – Made a solid attempt at this. I waited in line for tickets and went but I started raining so the show was cut off at intermission. Boo.

Go to the beach! – I made it to the beach SO many times. Long Beach Island, Atlantic City, Point Pleasant

Rain room at MoMa – this was easily my favorite thing I did this summer. My friend and I waited in line for three hours to see it but it was SO worth it.

Go for a trail run -giant fail

Swim laps outside – did this twice at John Jay park pool. Turns out I'm a horrible swimmer and I probably need lessons.

Broadway in Bryant Park – I think I forgot this existed?

See an outdoor movie – just poor planning on my part and I didn't get around to it

Run during summer streets – I'm actually really sad I didn't do this! Summer Streets happened three weekends and I was away every single one!

Visit the Statue of Liberty – didn't get around to it but I'm trying to organize a trip there this fall.

Train for the NYCM! Only 6 weeks to go!

Six out of 12 goals is kind of pathetic but I did a few other things that kept me busy and active this summer – camping, hiking, a few Yankees games and much more. It was an amazing summer and I'm really looking forward to everything fall has to offer – cooler weather, scarves, pumpkin flavored everything and the New York City Marathon!

 

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Hiking the Giant Stairs

On Saturday the boyfriend and I ventured into New Jersey for a hike. I'm definitely not exactly the “outdoorsy” type. My version of an outdoor activity usually involves sitting on a patio and drinking a margarita – so let me tell you, this was WAY out of my comfort zone.

We drove over the GW Bridge and up the palisades parkway to the State Line Lookout in the Palisades Interstate Park.

“At 532 feet above the Hudson River, State Line Lookout sits atop the highest point on the New Jersey Palisades. The rock of the Palisades, called diabase, was formed underground by volcanic activity about 200 million years ago. Processes of erosion, including the glaciers of the Ice Ages, then uncovered the eastern edge of the buried diabase and shaped it into cliffs. (The name “Palisades” is from the resemblance of the vertical columns of diabase to a palisade-type fence made of upright posts.)”

The view was amazing!

From there we ventured down the cliff side, along the “Giant Stairs” and then back up to the top – a 520 foot ascent! The loop was a little over four miles and meant for experienced hikers, which obviously I am not. It ended up taking about 2.5 hours when it probably should have taken 2. We spent some time taking photos, eating snacks(grapes and vitamin water!), and sat for few minutes after I slipped and fell(and scared myself half to death because I almost went tumbling down the cliffside).

I had a really great time and I can't wait to try something like this again. I'm also super thankful that my boyfriend was willing to try something new(his version of outdoors involves golf clubs and beers), plus he was the navigator while we hiked. I would have probably gotten us lost in the woods forever.

I still can't believe I did this! Definitely the most exhilarating thing I've done in a long time.

 

MIMM: Shakespeare in the Park

Happy Monday! And Happy July!

This is my first time joining Marvelous in my Monday and before I get started let me just say congratulations to Katie for having a beautiful baby boy!

Marvelous is seeing Shakespeare in the Park! I waited for over three hours to get tickets this week but it was definitely worth it.

Marvelous is trying kale for the first time! It was sautéed with butter and garlic. Yum!

Marvelous is going to the pool for the first time this season!

Marvelous is buying fresh strawberries from the farmers market!

And finally, marvelous is creating a training plan for the NYC marathon!

 

Summer Solstice Yoga

Last Friday I celebrated the summer solstice with a little yoga in Times Square. For the past 11 years the Times Square alliance has hosted an all-day yoga event right in the heart of TSq. This was my first time participating and it was awesome!

I went to the 10am class and it was packed. I got there super early so I didn't have a hard time snagging a mat or finding a spot.

While I'm not really a yoga person(I think it's kind of boring), I am trying to incorporate it more into my life because I know it's good for my body.

Getting to do yoga in one of the busiest intersections in the country was definitely a unique experience and I'm definitely going to participate again next year.

 

Stephanie’s Summer List

Happy first day of summer!

Here are the things on my summer bucket list:I've been in this city almost 6 years and there are an embarrassing amount of things that I've never tried because they're “touristy” or whatever. I declare this the summer of tourist traps!

  • Summer Solstice Yoga in Times Square
  • Kayaking on the Hudson River
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Go to the beach
  • Rain room at MoMa
  • Go for a trail run
  • Swim laps outside
  • Broadway in Bryant Park
  • See an outdoor movie
  • Run during Summer Streets
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty

  • Train for the NYC marathon!!!