Summer 2014 – What did I do this summer?

Summer where did you go????  As you know I have been pretty dormant during the summer as far as this blog goes.  After the looooong cold winter we had last year I decided I was going to live it up all summer and squeeze every last drop out of it that I could (and can – it’s not over yet right!).

I will give you a basic montage of what I did this summer.  Summer 2014 was truly amazing!

1st I did the Women in the Wilds with my mother and sister.  Unfortunately I do not have a picture of that but it was an event with workshops throughout the day designed to get women out in the woods/outdoors.  I did 2 yoga classes on the beach.  I really don’t have to learn how to be in the woods, I was born and raised in the woods.

Second – one of the greatest things this summer and pretty high up there on lifetime events as well was seeing Ringo Starr and his All Star Band in concert with my parents.  My parents are huge Beatles fans and to take them to see one of the Beatles was a great experience.

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Fourth of July weekend I went to visit my folks and got to enjoy a state park that I grew up around.  Alvin R. Bush Dam.  See the beauty I grew up around?

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Next up that weekend was enjoying the hang gliders at Hyner View State Park.  Another place I grew up around.  I used to get to see these hang gliders all the time people!  I think I took them for granted.

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Below is the view where they jump off of.

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Mid-July I visited a state park about 40 minutes away from where I am living (not my hometown). World’s End State Park.  There I did a nice hike on a very steep trail.

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Steep trail I did a hike on.  You could use the tree roots as steps.

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At the end of July I took a trip to a phenomenal attraction:  Ricketts Glen State Park!  This park boasts 22 waterfalls and 2 gorgeous lakes!  This state park isn’t even an hour from where I am currently living and I cannot believe I waited all my life to visit this place.  You can visit for free, see the falls and it’s really a major attraction.  There were tour buses there the day I went.

My favorite falls at Ricketts Glen:  Oneida Falls.  Not the largest but the most serene and peaceful.  A beautiful meditation spot.

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Enjoy some more of these falls.  I do not have the names of all sorry.

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Early August I got to see none other than the Queen of Rock n Roll/Godmother of Punk herself:  Joan Jett and her Blackhearts!  This chick still knows how to rock!  (second photo was taken by my friends Glen and Stef)

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Last but not least was my trip to Ithaca, New York, for the Finger Lakes Yoga Festival.   I am in this picture participating in the Let Your Yoga Dance class.  I did not take this picture.  You can see the festival’s photographer took it and her watermark is on it.  I am giving her credit.

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A shot where I am also a participant in a breathing workshop.  7 Ways Not to Breathe.   Again this picture was taken by Bonnie the festival photographer.

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This yoga festival is always a good time because it isn’t a commercialized event and focuses totally on yoga and the yoga community.

While my trip did focus on yoga I did get to enjoy a few other things in Ithaca.

One being the Cayuga Nature Center.  This place has a Butterfly Garden, an animal display, hiking trails, a 6 story tree house and a waterfall of its own!  It only cost $5.00 to get into this little gem!

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The pièce de résistance.of my trip was getting to see one of the highest waterfalls (besides Niagara of course) east of the Rocky Mountains.  Taughannock Falls at Taughannock State Park, Ithaca, NY.

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This is a far away shot to get the full effect.  After about a mile hike you come to this wonder of nature:

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Hey summer isn’t over yet so I’m going to keep squeezing out every last drop I can.  At the end of September I get to see ZZ Top in concert again.  I saw them the first time a few years ago.  Those boys still know how to rock.

UNFORTUNATELY ZZ Top cancelled because Dusty is injured but I hope to make it to NYC instead. 

Oh, and a few days ago (September 7th) I turned 40!

What did YOU do this summer?

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4 Responses to “Summer 2014 – What did I do this summer?”

  1. Sounds wonderful! I love the pic of the state park where you grew up.

  2. Thank you. Loved the pictures! Happy belated Birthday!!!

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