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This City Mouse meets a Country Mouse

I nearly forgot about this picture. A bout a month ago, we left ventured out of the city to go apple picking at Terhune Orchards in Princeton, NJ. Its a lovely large farm which usually has a large variety of apples for picking and purchase.

Unfortunately for us, we visited on the last weekend of the apple picking season and the trees were largely picked pretty bare. So, it took some scrounging to find good choices. Even when we did find apples, we have to contend with locals that had gotten there first.

A Feasting Mouse

A Feasting Mouse

That’s the price you pay for organic, I guess. I’m just glad that I saw the mouse before I reached to grab the apple. I’m an animal lover, but I don’t need a field mouse on or in my hands.

A Dog’s Life

For the past five days, I’ve been house sitting and taking care of two cats and a dog. I absolutely love animals, especially dogs. From time to time, I get puppy fever and come really close to getting a new furry fried. But, its so hard to give a pet the attention he or she deserves when you live in the city. Caring for a dog for five days was supposed to be a good way to remind me of the level of responsibility and care they require.

Leon curled up for a nap

Leon curled up for a nap

One of the Curious Cats

One of the Curious Cats

Though the pets were a lot of work, it was an absolute delight to spend time, frolicking, walking, playing and snuggling. I don’t think that it cured me of puppy fever at all.

We were lucky enough to have beautiful fall weather this weekend, and I spent a lot of time with Leon out doors. One of my favorite things about watching Leon was that it gave me the opportunity and incentive to spend some real time exploring the back trails of Prospect Park. Prospect Park is a 585 acre park in Brooklyn which was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux after they completed the designs for Central Park. The park opened to the public on October 19, 1867.

Though I live only about a mile from the park, I rarely have the occasion to really explore anything but the main paths of the park. With Leon at my side I took off to explore areas of the park I’ve never before seen. The results were stunning.

Fall leaves reflected in the Lake

Fall leaves reflected in the Lake

Path to the Nethermead

Path to the Nethermead

Evening on the Long Meadow

Evening on the Long Meadow

The fall leaves were just coming into their peak and the sun was shining through clear skies. The lake in Prospect Park is the only lake in all of Brooklyn, and it is populated with all kinds of waterfowl like ducks and swans. There are lovely wooden bridges, overlooks, and places to sit on ponder while taking in the scenery. Leon particularly likes the benches.

Taking a rest on a bench

Taking a rest on a bench

Though my dog and cat duties are now officially over, I will definitely be going back on wanders through the park soon. There is so much more to see and explore, right in my backyard.

Beautiful evening path

Beautiful evening path

A very sleepy pup

A very sleepy pup

Poconos Paradise

Last weekend I traveled the short hour and 30 minutes from New York to the Poconos to enjoy a bit of rustic relaxation and get out of the city for a few days. This was not my first visit to the Poconos so I was excited for some relaxation but not really prepared to be impressed. I was totally mistaken.

Picture Perfect afternoon in Stokes State Forrest

Picture Perfect afternoon in Stokes State Forrest

Somehow, we timed our trip perfectly to get the best of the autumn leaves without the frigid temperatures. Though we lit a fire in the fireplace every night and even attended a bonfire, we were able to eat dinner al fresco and spend most of our days outdoors.

In Brooklyn we build furniture out of pallets. In the Poconos they are used for bonfires

In Brooklyn we build furniture out of pallets. In the Poconos they are used for bonfires

On the first day, I spent four hours solo kayaking a distance of about 15 miles  through the Delaware Water Gap. The views were spectacular! In those four hours I saw only five other people using the river, and you couldn’t even hear cars near by. In my alone time I glimpsed turtles, fish, hawks and a majestic bald eagle gliding over the water.

The prettiest moment in my kayak

The prettiest moment captured from my kayak

We quickly learned that taking the back roads were the best way to see the leaves and absorb the beauty and peacefulness of the area. Personally, I love to drive the small winding roads (the faster the better), but the views and wildlife, made it worth slowing down.

River Road

Single lane road through Worthington State Forrect

Its now a week later and serious thunderstorms  in the area have taken down most of the leaves. Right before I left to catch my bus back to NY, I was driving down River Road for probably the 6th time in two days and happened upon this little bear.  Sometimes, you just get lucky I suppose. It seems like we were just in the right place at the right time in so many ways.

Visiting with a bear

Visiting with a bear

Getting directions from the locals

Getting directions from the locals