A walk through the woods after a  soft  summer  rain can transport  any  dreamer into a fairytale world. There’s this moment when  the sun comes out and the mist rises through the trees, especially over the  marshlands and lakes. Image

It reminds me of  the Mists of Avalon and the days of King Arthur’s court.  — You may find you need to just stop everything and inhale. —  Do it.

Breathe  the fragrance of  the wildflowers.

Revel in the scent of  damp earth and rich green moss.  Run your hand over scaly  pine bark .

After a day of hiking or fishing, there’s nothing better than kicking back with a bottle of wine and enjoying the starlit sky. The woodlands north of the city  twinkle with fireflies during  the warm summer months,  while  crickets and tree frogs lull you into silent reverie.  — And if you should just happen to see a UFO while stargazing,  well, it may NOT be the wine. (Just Google Pine Bush & UFOs and see what I mean.)

A  trip to the mountains  is a treat for all your senses.  If you are lucky enough to live in  any of the 5 Burroughs of  New York City  just get on Interstate 87,  drive north to Exit 16 and you are at the Edge of 17.  —  Rt. 17 in New York. —  Take it  west.

So many places to be, so many things to see.  The Mountain Laurel is in full bloom right now.  Make yourself a laurel wreath, let your hair down  and trip back to another time.


(My beautiful daughters in their laurel wreaths)

If you’re not a hiker or sports person, you’re sure to enjoy exploring the many antique and artisan shops sprinkled along Historic 17.   From Harriman to Bethel, and so many towns along the way.   Sugar Loaf,  Warwick,  Wurtsboro,  Goshen, you’ll find  herb shops, crystal shops, Art galleries — and yeah haunted manors. Each location  has their own small town charm. Each has a  story to tell.

I’ll be sharing my adventures and recommendations for day trips here. So  if you’re a tree hugger like me who loves nature and mini-vacations click the *follow* button to learn more about this  world just off the edge of 17.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi