Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sunken Meadow State Park

Knowing how much I love nature and the opportunity to take beautiful photographs, Brian brought me to Sunken Meadow State Park last Saturday morning for a hiking trip. It being my first hiking trip in NY, I got a little too excited. Regular (practical, sane, level-headed) hikers bring trail mix for such trips but me? Nope. I brought salami, crackers and cheese. If I could have it my way, I would have tagged the vino along but with me having two left feet, adding wine to my system could turn into a tragedy. 

The not-so-practical hiker's snack pack

Aside from the above, I also packed, bagels, salad a large water jug and 2 gatorades. Brian was not too thrilled to carry around a backpack full of food but, my rationale was, hey, if we get lost in the middle of the forest without phone service, he would be thankful that he has a gluttonous girlfriend.

Anyway, many are surprised to know that New York is not just a concrete jungle. The state boasts of a natural oasis (aside from Central Park) and such is Sunken Meadow State Park. It is located at the North Shore of Long Island. The drive to get there is gorgeous. Fall is definitely the most stunning season with the leaves turning red, yellow and brown.

Upon entering the park, you will be greeted by rows and rows of huge trees.

Leader of the (back)pack

The trails are marked so it's easy to get around. However, Brian and I are not your average hikers. We decided to just do our own thing and cut across steep slopes. Our adventurous spirits were well rewarded with the gorgeous, scenic views.

Interestingly, the park also hosts a lot of cross-country competitions and is regarded as one of the most difficult courses, earning it the nickname, "Cardiac Hill". Thankfully, we're just "TRY-athletes" and the only way we could get cardiac arrest is through grease and cheese. Though, to be fair to us, knowing that we're not getting any younger, we're determined to be more healthy and eat greens and be more active, thus the hiking.

What I love most about Sunken Meadow is the fact that you get the best of both woods and waves as there are rolling hills at one end and a beach at the other.

We both enjoyed the experience so much that we vow to make hiking a regular activity. We will be getting bikes after winter and hopefully, we will be able to explore bike trails as well. It's amazing to discover how NY offers so much more than skyscrapers.

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