Spring Hike at Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve

Although I don’t think you could take a bad photo at the Hudson Pointe Nature Preserve in Queensbury, New York, this is my favorite photo from our hike. 

Every view was absolutely stunning. (There are no filters applied to any of these photos)  

This area below was one of the spots I stopped and just sat for a while with Maddux. It was so calming and relaxing. 


The preserve is right along the Hudson River, which makes for a beautiful experience. We didn’t follow the full loop because part of the trail was covered in water and wasn’t passable. But, that was okay, we just doubled back and enjoyed the views again. 

Since it wasn’t very busy, we went on part of the bike trail, which I didn’t immediately realize we were on. 

You can hike or bike, and I believe you can snowshoe in winter. There was one steap-ish  hill that made me nervous, but it really was fine.  

If you go: 

  • It’s in the middle of a residential community and can be easily missed, so pay attention to the signs. 
  • I used the All Trails app, which worked great to make sure we were on track. 
  • Pack a lunch, or snack, and spend some time sitting by the Hudson River.  It is so beautiful, I didn’t want to leave. 
  • Although it took us a while because we kept taking photos and I stopped several times to just enjoy the view, you can do the marked hike pretty quickly. 
  • Keep your eyes out for wildlife. I spotted a turtle on one of the logs. 

A Taste of Winter Sports

This has been sitting around in my drafts, but I finally got a moment to finished writing it and hit publish.

In early January,¬†I went up to Heart Lake for the Adirondack Mountain Club’s Winter Fest. It was so much fun! I got to try a variety of winter sports again, like snowshoeing and cross country skiing in such a beautiful setting. And, since they were running a membership special, I decided to join.

It’s sort of ironic that as I prepare to likely put my house on the market, I am falling in love with so many outdoor activities in the Adirondacks. I’ll likely end up selling my place and then paying for a hotel to do all the activities I am learning to love.

The photo below is Heart Lake. Isn’t it just beautiful?

I cross country skied all over the lake, and it was a blast. It was the second time I tried it, and it convinced me that it is something I really want to pursue. I especially enjoyed it on the lake and untouched snow. Not to say the track at Gore Mountain that I did the week before was not fun, but this was a great way to see places that I normally wouldn’t have.

Then I went on a guided snowshoe hike through the mountains. Over steams and through trees, it was so nice to be able to experience the woods like this. I found I really enjoyed this as well. Despite buying a pair of snowshoes a number of years ago, I’ve never used them.


Winterfest, a time when you can try all types of winter activities for free and get a taste of winter life in the mountains, really reinforced my love for the outdoors. I have always enjoyed the outdoors, but because I have never had anyone who shared that love, I haven’t done many of the things I’ve wanted – like snowshoeing or trying to cross-country ski.

I’m tired of waiting for friends, or a significant other, to want to go on these adventure with me. I’ll admit, it’s really tough to always do things alone, but I can’t let it keep me from trying new things. Going out in the woods alone is a bit scary, so these guided hiked and events are very helpful for someone like me until I get more comfortable, and learn to trust my instincts and body.

Learning to Cross Country Ski at Gore Mountain 

I wasn’t going to let 2016 end without doing something fun, so I decided to finally go take that cross country ski lesson I have been wanted to do on New Years Eve.

Gore Mountain in the Adirondacks was my choice, because, it was close, seemed pretty reasonably priced, and well, they had snow with open trails. The nordic ski area is located at their North Creek Ski Bowl, a second base camp that is typically not as crowded.

A little nervous, because I had never gone this before, the woman at the window taking my payment and getting me ready, was absolutely the sweetest and made me feel very comfortable, especially since this was a solo adventure and I felt a little weird doing it alone.

She introduced me to my instructor, Dom, short for Dominick. His energy, good personality and friendliness put me right at ease. After fitting me with boots and skis, we headed out.

I was a little intimidated, and very afraid of falling. The only time other time I have been on skis, it was a disaster. This, thankfully, was not. Another instructor joined us, as well, and having them both there – one to explain what I needed to do, and the other evaluating what I was doing – was very helpful.

We started off without poles and I was surprised at how far they took me on the trail, including up and down small hills. Even when I freaked out a bit – like going down the hill – they were there to help me and taught me how the necessary skills to make it an enjoyable experience.

Being afraid of going downhill, quickly became my favorite part. The wind against my face and the slight speed was so much fun, but less scary than the first time I ever tried downhill skiing. The thing I couldn’t get a grasp of too well was using the poles. Except when I was looking to extend my speed, I had a hard time with the poles when just regularly skiing. I guess it will take some practice.

Less than halfway through my lesson, my feet were hurting, and Dom took the time to take me back in and resize me. Once we found the perfect fit, we hit the trails again learning new techniques.

 

After my lesson, I warmed up inside with a cup of coffee and then took back out to the trails sans an instructor. I’m not going to lie, it was a little nerve-racking at first, mostly because my anxiety can get the best of me and I get nervous really fast.

Every time this happened, I just kept on going, unlike in the past where I would give up and walk away from whatever it was. I’m glad I didn’t, because I learned that I really liked cross country skiing and I’m not sure why I didn’t try it earlier.

It’s a great workout, a great way to see different areas and you can do it solo. While I don’t be skiing high peaks just yet, I am interested in pursuing this winter sport more.