Ever since I moved to NYC there has been a running to-do list. Actually it was created before I moved here. Hello, my name is Emily and I have a problem with overplanning.
But one of the items on it said “Metro North.” No exact details along with it just the fact that we would hop a metro north train and head, well… north.
We’ve been waiting all winter for it to finally get warm enough to spend an entire day outdoors. It actually almost didn’t even happen because Jon got called into work. And then that got switched to Sunday.
So on Saturday morning we made it! Woke up early and packed a picnic lunch before heading off to Grand Central Station. It took about 10 minutes of looking at google maps to pick which train stop had the biggest green space within walking distance of it and we bought tickets to head there. Ended up picking Croton-Harmon, Jon would like credit for being the one to spot it. It turned out to be perfect!
It was a quick 30 minute walk from the train station into the main part of the park (405 acres of woods, grass and nature!)
Gorgeous sunny day and even though it was a bit chilly it was nothing that jackets and a fleece picnic blanket couldn’t fix. Spent some time under a tree overlooking the Hudson eating lunch.
Then packed up and wandering further into the park where we found a nature center & nature trails that wound their way through the woods. Absolutely stunning views all around, the pictures don’t do it justice.
Finally settled in a spot along the other side of the park in the grass to fit in some New York Times reading and laying around. Such a fantastic, relaxing way to spend a Saturday. It will definitely be a reoccurring trip. Neither one of us was ready to pack up and leave when the time rolled around but we had dinner plans.
Made it back into the city after a quick 40 minute train ride and headed down to the Lower East Side for dinner with a bunch of RIT friends. A few friends were in town visiting so it was an excuse to all get together to hang out. Ended up having the most amazing veggie burger – probably top on my list if not number 1. It was almost like eating a falafel on a bun with tzatziki sauce, onions, sprouts and tomatoes. So incredible good and good company along with it! A much, much needed Saturday. Finally ended the night with a walk through Soho with Jon before heading to the subway. I was more than ready to crawl in bed by the time I got home.