101 in 1001: Snowshoe Hike

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crossed off #93 on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days this weekend. I went snoeshowing! Aczeb and I got up bright and early (5:30am!) on Saturday morning for a snowshoe hike through the Minnewaska Preserve, followed by a whiskey tasting at Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner, NY. I’m not going to lie, it was a tough day for me.

It was not tough because snowshoeing is hard. It’s just like…walking. It was tough because I got really sick on the trail. I woke up Saturday to tightness in my chest, but slugged some DayQuil and put on extra layers. I really wanted to get out of my apartment and into the great outdoors with my man! Poor Aczeb had to listen to me blow my nose and cough up a lung for 3 hours on our hike.

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The last hour and a half the snowfall was heavy. It was so peaceful, I felt so far away from the city, work, deadlines, everything. Even though I was miserable physically the entire time on the hike, I was happy it was snowing so hard. It made the experience so beautiful and complete.IMG_1675_4snowshoesbridge

After our hike we went to Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery in Gardiner, NY to warm up. This place did not disappoint. We first stopped in the restaurant for a hot toddy and some warm food. Then we went next door for a tour of the distillery, and ended in the tasting room. They are famous for their Baby Bourbon, my favorite was their Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey. We left with several bottles to add to Aczeb’s whiskey collection, and I brought back some delicious Jack Rudy tonic (will use in a future cocktail post).

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It took us twice as long to get back to NYC because of the snowy roads. And then we went to Brooklyn for a going away party for friends moving out (of the snow) to LA. It was quite the day! I love feeling like we defeated the snow, like it didn’t win by keeping us inside doing nothing all day. Take that, winter!

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller

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Sarah

I am a lifelong New Yorker who recently swapped the subway for the California sunshine. I've learned the only way out is through--and tough stuff makes you a whole lot stronger. Currently hooked on self-care, kombucha, succulents and my labradoodle child. When I'm not writing here about mindfulness, wellness and encouraging you to be the bravest badass you know, I can be found designing gemstone jewelry, experimenting with new perfume notes, daydreaming about one day operating a flower farm, and spreading the Finnish spirit of sisu everywhere I go. Visit me at the links below to connect.

February 22, 2015

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