New Paltz NY Day 8 May 2
Today is my 24th birthday and it was spent amongst good food, friends and nature, just the way I like it! Our bed and breakfast host, Petra, made gluten free chocolate chip pancakes and green smoothies for us. Shortly after breakfast the gang piled into the car and took a short drive up the Catskill Mountains to Lake Mohonk Park. We parked at the park entrance vs. the golf course entrance as you pay $10/person vs $20/person and you get an additional 4km one way more.
The hike was hot, 26 degrees I believe. We hiked on mixed trails including old carriage trails used in the 1800’s to travel between mountain lodges in the area, and rock scrambles which were super fun.
We had lunch at the Mountain Lodge located in the park then climbed up sky top trail to get an incredible view of five different states. The hike totalled 16km which was the perfect distance to fill our day.
I was treated to dinner and desert in the famous town of Woodstock, New York. We went to an all vegan restaurant called “Garden Cafe on the Green” which served traditional North American food with a vegan twist. For desert we went to a frozen yogurt parlour in town that had vegan coconut soft serve topped with fruit. We walked a bit of the town before heading back to the bed and breakfast.
Before leaving Woodstock we stopped at an organic market to grab some ingredients for tomorrow’s lunch when the best thing ever happened! Dayna found Kombucha on tap in the local organics food shop! An employee thought it was hilarious how excited I was to have Kombucha on tap. I got four different flavours, original, ginger, cranberry and turmeric cayenne. I think I have a bit of an obsession with Kombucha. Hey some 24 year olds go out to the bar for their birthdays; I go to organic markets and stock up on Kombucha!
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