Hike the Long Path | OutdoorFest 2018


Ready to explore the recreational possibilities that are literally at your doorstep? The Long Path runs from Fort Lee, NJ (the other side of the George Washington Bridge) all the way up to the Adirondacks!

Join Upstate Adventure Guides for a 6 mile hike on the Long Path (via the A train – no car required). Throughout the hike, you’ll both explore and discuss the Long Path it’s history, it’s current state and the “walk” from New Jersey to the Adirondacks. You’ll also learn about other hikes accessible by bus or train to outdoor enthusiast in the NYC metro area.

From big mile thru-hikers to newer hikers looking to explore nature this event will cover a little bit for everyone that loves to get out and explore.

MEET: We will meet at the NW corner of 177th st. & Cabrini Blvd. We will then proceed across the GWB to the beginning of the LP in Fort Lee Historic Park. Check out the Google Map here!

BRING: Bring layers and wear appropriate footwear for 6 mi. walk, and bring water and a snack.

About your host, the Upstate Adventure Guides:
Upstate Adventure Guides LLC was founded by Will Soter & Alex Marra two friends with a shared passion for the outdoors and decades of combined experience. Both Soter & Marra are NYS DEC licensed guides. Additionally, they serve as Trails Chairs for the NY/NJ Trail Conference in the Southern Catskills, overseeing the maintenance of roughly 120 mi. of trail.

Soter is also a Director at Large for the New York Outdoor Guide Association (NYSOGA), and he recently founded the Catskills Adventure Tourism Summit in an effort to expand, improve, and drive tourism in the Catskills. To learn more about Upstate Adventure Guides you can click this link:https://www.facebook.com/UpstateAdventureGuides/

OutdoorFest is a 10-day outdoor adventure festival in the five boroughs of New York City. Join us from June 1 – 10, 2018 to paddle, bike, hike, camp and more all over the city! https://www.schedule.outdoorfest.com/

How To Arrange Spring Florals Like A Dutch Painting

a-colorful-spring-floral-arrangement-inspired-by-dutch-paintings-floral-tutorial-on-coco-kelleyDo you remember the potluck dinner parties our parents’ and grandparents’ used to throw? Mom or Grandma would get a bundle of grocery store flowers (mums or carnations, anyone?!?) and plop them in a big pitcher or some random family heirloom vase. A giant stack of plates would get posted on the end of the banquet and that was that.

Well, we thought it’d be fun to take a little inspiration from classic Dutch paintings and make a non-traditional, traditional floral arrangement to go with our modern take on the family buffet. Everything old is new!

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5 Go-To Spring Decorating Tips

via Tamara Anka at CitrineLiving.com

open-kithen-shelves-blue-and-white-accessories-dishes-bowls-apothecary-jarsSTYLING TIP # 1: ADD YOUR FAVORITE COLOR

You may or may not know I am a die-hard fan of classic blue and white. I’ve grown my collection over the years from a few pieces sprinkled around here and there, to large groupings on counters, shelves, tables, you name it. You’ll find it incorporated everywhere throughout our home, from season to season. So naturally, color is a big one for me. Even though I’ve been using this as my main color for quite a while now, it plays a major role each season – especially how I’ll play other colors off it.


blue-and-white-chinoiserie-vase-white-light-blue-hydrangeasSTYLING TIP # 2: BRING IN FRESH AND FAUX FLOWERS

Many of you know I love faux flowers and use them all the time. I’m not always able to find affordable fresh blooms where I live, so I have built up quite the collection of gorgeous faux stems for my regular rotation. When I am able to find beautiful fresh blooms locally, or cut them from the garden, you can bet I have them. Nothing brings in the beauty of the warmer months like gorgeous fresh flowers!


Worm Moon Hike

cliffhangersmilesbigthumbOn Thursday evening, March 1, Christina Fehre will lead a night hike through the trails at the State Line Lookout area. Hikers should plan to meet at the Lookout, accessible from the northbound Palisades Interstate Parkway at Exit 3 (U-Turn available for southbound travelers — click here for detailed directions), at 7 PM. Hikers should bring flashlights with them. The route will traverse about 3 miles in about 1.5 hours, over moderate hiking trails.

The March full moon is known as the “Worm Moon,” an Algonquin Indian name given it because, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, “At the time of this Moon, the ground begins to soften enough for earthworm casts to reappear, inviting the return of robins and migrating birds. … Roots start to push their way up through the soil, and the Earth experiences a re-birth as it awakens from its winter slumber…”

For more information about this hike, please call 201-615-9226.

In My Backyard: Greenbrook Sanctuary



Greenbrook Sanctuary is a 165-acre woodland preserve on top of the Palisades in Tenafly and Alpine, New Jersey. The Sanctuary is managed and maintained for the use of its members by the Palisades Nature Association, a non-profit organization founded in 1946. The entrance is off U.S. Route 9W, 4.7 miles north of the George Washington Bridge (directions).

PNA Membership is open to all, membership is required for access to Greenbrook Sanctuary. Click here for new or renewal membership information. Continue reading

Beaver Moon Hike

bvmA “Beaver Moon Hike” will take place on Monday, November 14, 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
Bring your flashlights to the Alpine Picnic Area of the Palisades Interstate Park for a 2 mile, easy hike that will take about 1.5 hours. This is a guided hike with the Trail Crew.
For more information call 201-615-9226
About the Beaver Moon
The moon in November is known as Beaver moon.
It signified a time when the beaver fur was at its most perfect stage. If the hunters did not gather by the next moon the beaver would be sleeping,the swamps would be frozen and you would no longer be able to trap. They were valued for their beautiful hides. Both waterproof and warm, they also supplied an oil that was prized as a hair protector. Native peoples revered them as a great spirit animal and they held big medicine.