Delaware Water Gap – Just an hour outside of NYC

I’ve been living in the NYC/NJ area for about 6 months now (wow, has it been that long?).  I still feel really new and am just getting familiar with the area.  One of the best discoveries so far is learning how quickly you can get to pure nature outside of the city.

Just under an hour  you’re in the mountains and on the Appalachian trail.

A few weekends ago Iain and I, and our friends Chris and Kim drove out to hike the Sunfish Pond route.

About 5 miles roundtrip and pretty steep in some places.  But, that glacial pond is worth it!

Kim & puppies took a swim.

Me & Chris taking a break

Sunflowers!It was still pretty hot when we were there.  I can’t wait to go back in the fall, with the crisp air and leaves turning.  I’m also looking for places to go Apple Picking in the area.  Any suggestions?

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Saturday at the Farmers Market – Union Square Greenmarket

One of my favorite things to do on a Saturday in New York City is wander through the farmers market / Greenmarket at Union Square.  I recommend doing this after a filling NYC brunch so that you don’t buy everything in sight.

Here are some photos from this week’s trip after running Summer Streets.   I didn’t take many photos because my arms were filled with Farmers Market treats  (I just ran 9 miles! I was hungry!!) and I couldn’t manage the camera. Maybe next time I’ll go and just take pictures without shopping.

Who am I kidding, that will never happen…

Enjoy the pics!

I can’t wait for these trees to start coloring for fall.

Scored this pot of basil for $2.00!  

So many carrots!  I had never heard of ‘White Carrots’ & ‘Rainbow Carrots’ before.

Peter Piper Picked a pack of Purple Peppers?

Garlic Heads.

Fresh Pasta.

Beets.  So fresh and beautiful! I couldn’t resist buying these and will attempt to pickle them this week.

Local Pride.

Peaches!

Running right smack down the middle of Park Avenue – Summer Streets

Something fabulous happened in NYC yesterday.

Three Saturdays a year, Park Avenue (and parts of Lafayette and 4th Ave) is closed to cars from Brooklyn Bridge to E 72nd Street and open to runners, walkers, cyclist, rollerbladers, stroller pushers.  Amazing!

I had 9 miles to do, as part of my marathon training, and thought I’d give it a try.  I’m very glad that I did.  How wonderful to run straight through the heart of the city, without pausing every block, looking both ways, waiting for cars.  Instead, Summer Streets lets you just run on through, soaking up the sights that are missed on a normal day, rushing from one place to another.

Of course not all streets were completely closed. This wasn’t a marathon.  The NYPD and fantastic volunteers were stationed at cross-streets about every 5-8 blocks stopping cars and directing traffic.

There were also fitness-stops set up along the route.  Here’s a Crunch Gym  / Women’s Health class:

And, my favorite stop, The Whole Foods Picnic area….

I’ll tell you this….. People LOVE free stuff.  The crowds weren’t bad but, people were excited to see what they could get for free, for sure.

I, too, like to get stuff for free…

That classic lemonade was a tasty treat right in the middle of a 9 mile run!

So, I didn’t make great time on the run.  But, I had a great time!!  Too bad I only heard about Summer Streets on the last week.  But, I’ll be back next August.   Well done, NYC.