Spring is Here: Local Nature Spots

I have let the winter and having a new baby keep me indoors for the past 7 months, so I think it goes without saying that I am ready to get outside and enjoy the nice weather and the beautiful places not far from here.

We lived in a little apartment in Albany for Aadens first 3 years, so I was always looking for some place to explore with him. I am going to share 6 of those places with you, but there are soooo many more than this around here!

 

 First up is  Huyck Preserve  in Rensselaerville. There is some neat ruins from an old mill that Aaden enjoyed discovering, as well as a couple of hike options, a waterfall, and a creek. The drive there is really pretty, but be sure to bring your bug spray. Every time we have gone there have been soooo many bugs!   

First up is Huyck Preserve in Rensselaerville. There is some neat ruins from an old mill that Aaden enjoyed discovering, as well as a couple of hike options, a waterfall, and a creek. The drive there is really pretty, but be sure to bring your bug spray. Every time we have gone there have been soooo many bugs!

 

  Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary  is up next! We love this little spot. You can hike here too, but we come for the swimming. I love finding little swimming holes, and this doesn't dissappoint. There are all sorts of rocks and fallen trees to climb around on, but it is slippery so we always have to take caution. Aaden loves skipping rocks, and this is a great spot for doing that, there are also lots of frogs!   

Hollyhock Hollow Sanctuary is up next! We love this little spot. You can hike here too, but we come for the swimming. I love finding little swimming holes, and this doesn't dissappoint. There are all sorts of rocks and fallen trees to climb around on, but it is slippery so we always have to take caution. Aaden loves skipping rocks, and this is a great spot for doing that, there are also lots of frogs!

 

 This spot is near and dear to my heart, this was my backyard growing up! This is in Stuyvesant on the riverfront. This place has a long beach area that people will fish, boat, swim and even camp at, but we like to go down to enjoy the sunset, skip rocks and dip our toes in to cool off.   

This spot is near and dear to my heart, this was my backyard growing up! This is in Stuyvesant on the riverfront. This place has a long beach area that people will fish, boat, swim and even camp at, but we like to go down to enjoy the sunset, skip rocks and dip our toes in to cool off.

 

 The  Albany Pine Bush  is a pretty spot to go for a little hike, the sunsets there are beautiful and we almost always see a train go by. I have seen people fish and boat here too!   

The Albany Pine Bush is a pretty spot to go for a little hike, the sunsets there are beautiful and we almost always see a train go by. I have seen people fish and boat here too!

 

 Across from the Stuyvesant riverbeach is the Coxsackie Riverside Park. There is a paved walkway along the water, a little beach, and an awesome playground as well as a big green area for picnicing and playing sports.      

Across from the Stuyvesant riverbeach is the Coxsackie Riverside Park. There is a paved walkway along the water, a little beach, and an awesome playground as well as a big green area for picnicing and playing sports.

 

 

  Normanskill Farm  is so close to us, this is the spot we visit the most. There is a really cool bridge that is overgrown, a beach, fields, and a community garden. It is also a dog park so people go there often to walk their dogs.     I could easily list 10 more spots, but I'll keep it short and sweet right now. I'd love to share a variety of local spots frequently, so I will save the other places for a future blog post.  I'd love to hear about your favorite places to get out and explore nature. Comment below and let me know! I'd love to discover places I have never been

Normanskill Farm is so close to us, this is the spot we visit the most. There is a really cool bridge that is overgrown, a beach, fields, and a community garden. It is also a dog park so people go there often to walk their dogs.

 

I could easily list 10 more spots, but I'll keep it short and sweet right now. I'd love to share a variety of local spots frequently, so I will save the other places for a future blog post.

I'd love to hear about your favorite places to get out and explore nature. Comment below and let me know! I'd love to discover places I have never been

New Year, New Website

This past year has been challenging, heartbreaking, and joyous all at once. I have watched my older son grow more independent and have struggled with the challenge of that transition. I have navigated personal heartbreaks including a miscarriage.  And we have celebrated the birth of my beautiful baby boy.

For these reasons and many more, I have found it hard to keep up with my website. I have been envisioning a complete makeover and overhaul of my blog for about 2 years, and I finally feel ready to make that vision a reality.

I want this to be a place where I can connect to you all on a more personal level. Before, I was only sharing client sessions for the most part, or group projects I was part of. While I will continue to do that, I will also be writing about adventures we go on, local places to check out, and personal posts about the musings of my life.

Here are some photos of our family in the first months after welcoming little Atlas in September.