I'm so happy about this sunny spring weekend! Loving the white hot light so warm and blossomy. I've been enjoying taking really long walks either solo or with my son William. Yesterday late afternoon we walked 2 hours to a great ceviche restaurant in Gowanus. So relaxing and fun to connect and talk about life together. Thinking about these long walks just now reminded me of another place we like to go hiking and camping in the spring and summer months an hour and a half north of NYC in Beacon, NY called Malouf's Mountain Campground. It's a small, family-run campsite in the Hudson Highlands overseeing the Hudson River Valley. They will pick you up from the Beacon train station and drop you off at a hiking trail that leads into the campground via a 20 min., 2 hr., or 5 hr hike depending on your choice of length. They drop your gear at your campsite so you can hike without a heavy load. Once at the campsite, all is quiet and peaceful and no vehicles are allowed inside, so it feels like primitive camping except there is a small cedar bathhouse at the base of the hill for those wanting clean toilet and shower facilities and/or needing to wash dishes. We like to go up in the afternoon, take the 20 minute hike in, and set up our campsite to have time to build a fire and cook a nice dinner like teriyaki chicken, rice, and brussel sprouts or pasta and salad and s'mores! The stars are brilliant against the dark sky and we can search for the seasonal constellations before drifting off to sleep with the soothing scent of pine trees and wildflowers. The next morning, we drop off our gear at the base camp and happily take off on the hiking trail (I suggest the 2 hour hike). Our equipment and packs are later delivered back to us by the camp driver at the end of the trail and we are then dropped back at the train station to return home or.....take a 10 minute walk to the Dia:Beacon Museum which is a stunning, modern and exquisitely curated collection of contemporary art with a regular flow of always impressive artists and new shows. You can check your camping packs at the coat check during your visit, eat a delicious lunch or snack in the cafe and take in the art before heading home on the train or in your car. It's a wonderful way to spend a weekend in nature not too far from the city.
Hope to get up there in the next few weeks!