Friday, July 29, 2011

Tea Town Hike July 9th



The last time we were at Tea Town was back in April and there were no leaves on the trees yet.  This time we were leaving for Cape May on Monday and wanted to get in a local hike before we left. I chose Tea Town because on a hot day the breeze from the lake trail is very refreshing, and it's close.

The first thing we stumbled upon was this little frog sunning on a rock...



There are plenty of little area's to sit and enjoy the beauty, rest, and have a snack...



I love all of the bright green Lily pad's with colorful dragon flies landing on them...


The boys wanted a hug picture taken...


Joshua loves standing on things to get his picture taken...


The walk is not too intense for the kids this little hill was the steepest it gets around the lake...

The boys LOVE these little wooden walkways over marshy areas...



Jacob was really dragging so we stopped at another conveniently placed benches for a rest... (Later in the day he had a 101.7 fever which turned out to be a bad case of Strep poor guy!)



My favorite part of the walk is this floating walkway over the lake...



My little trooper...


This rocky stairway was pretty neat too. Our April hike had brought us on the ledge above this...


And on the way down...


We stopped to take in this view and Joshua took the opportunity to talk to two resting women. He told them "This is a nice place to sit" (so cute) and then they got to pet their friendly yellow lab that put me in mind of my mom's old dog Bowie.





At Tea Town they have a special attraction called Wild Flower Island and to keep out some flower eating deer they have fenced off a section of the reserve.  They recently provided these attractive gates for hikers to pass through this section.  I have yet to see the flowers, it seems to be closed when we go.

 
 More Lily pads...
 

 Next year I want to enroll the boys in the short summer camp sessions offered at the preserve. One of the guys I work with had his son's birthday here and the same son also attended the camp and loved it! Until then I hope we get in one more hike at Tea Town later this year. Maybe we will catch the fall colors from a different higher trail.

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Indepence Day!

This year we had no advance plans for Independence Day. Many towns had fireworks over the weekend and not on Monday the 4th. We decided to check out the scene for fireworks at Peekskill's Riverfront Green. The riverfront is only a ten minute car trip. We drove over in the morning to check out the parking and find out some more details. The boys are always up for a playground visit. They like the playground at the Riverfront and call it the groundmaker. The name originated from a tunnel slide that quickly delivers them to the squishy rubber ground.

After we checked out the site and got tired of the heat we decided to check out the Peekskill Brewery for Lunch.  They offer a nice beer selection but we did not partake since it was pretty early in the day. The food was very good but a wee bit pricey. Josh did not like the delicious mac and cheese that he got with his hot dog. Brett loved his salad and I liked my burger.

Josh was pretty flushed from the playground...


Jacob went away to planet Jacob as he played with the bamboo placemat...

  
Here is the cute menu board...


After lunch we went home to let the boys cool off in their new pool with a built in slide.  It may not look like much to you or I but they pick up some serious speed going down the wet slide and they don't tire of it!


When we arrived at the Riverfront in the evening we were pleasantly surprised to hear a band playing on a transportable stage. There was a very diverse and laid back crowd and plenty of space for us to get comfortable while we waited for sundown.


The boys we psyched for fireworks and loved hearing the live music.


Joshua had to share one of his silly faces...


I love this shot of my three guys chilaxin!


There is something that is so intrinsically patriotic about a fireworks event on the fourth of July. This big billowing flag in the background with classic American rock playing live definitely played a role.


As the sun began to set, with the lovely Hudson River in the forefront, the anticipation rose to a climax...

 
After a wait on a pretty big line we had some ice cream from Mr. Softee to keep the boys busy, they were just one of the many food vendors set up along the town side of the park.

Vanilla with cherry hard dip, yummo....


Chocolate with sprinkles...


We whipped out the glowing patriotic toys...


Jacob was swinging so wildly that his flag quickly popped off of his glow stick...

 

Joshua's glow stick was a dud so Brett scored this sword for a pretty penny from a walking salesperson...

 

And finally the fireworks finally began! The show was really phenomenal...

 

These were like glitter...


Here is a video clip of the intense finale...

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