Yesterday’s Adventure: I’ve wanted to go up to Woodstock for a while and when I mentioned the idea to Kristen, she said, “farm animals and a monastery?! Count me in!”

Yesterday we drove up while listening to the 90’s Sirius station and explored Woodstock. We were only there for about 3 hours, but we saw pretty much everything. We went in to a lot of Tibetan stores and stores with lots and lots of incense. We had lunch at Bread Alone, snacked on cupcakes from Peace, Love, and Cupcakes, and grabbed juice from Little Apple.  

We were disappointed to find out that the field in Bethel where the Woodstock festival actually took place was over an hour away in the wrong direction, so instead we headed back down the Hudson, this time blasting the 90’s alternative station. We stopped for dinner at The Hop in Beacon, NY and then at the Peekskill Coffee Shop in Peekskill, NY. I also found an adorable dress in a thrift shop in Beacon that I had to buy. 

Next adventure: Poughkeepsie, New Paltz, Storm King, Cold Spring, and Tarrytown. 

Today was a good day.

When I got an email from a friend and former colleague that she and her husband had moved into a new house in the Hudson Valley and that house turned out to be right across the street from my best guy friend’s childhood home, I immediately planned a trip up when they planned a housewarming party. And also convinced the aforementioned guy friend to come too.

It was a nice, albeit chilly, day to get out of the city. He picked me up around 11 at my apartment and we cruised up whatever road you take to get up to his Hudson Valley hometown.  We made a stop so he could pick up wine for his mom’s new neighbors and nearby we found Girl Scouts selling cookies. We took the bait. I walked away with two boxes, he had a few more.

The party was lovely and it was really, really awesome to see my friend, her husband, and their three adorable children. And the birthday cake? Simply amazing. It felt amazingly adult to take a day out of the city to visit my former colleague and her family for her housewarming party that also happened to be a party for her second child’s third birthday. 

Anyways, after a couple of hours, we said our goodbyes and took a drive up to Peekskill to revive ourselves with coffee at one of his favorite spots, The Peekskill Coffee House. It was super casual and chill spot. We went around the corner to Bruised Apple Books, where we browsed used books and records. We drove back to his mom’s house and caught an express train home. The view was amazing:

After a Mexican dinner at a new spot near his apartment, we decompressed from an afternoon of way-too-many children and screaming with my favorite episode of season 2 of GIRLS (the cocaine episode) and an episode of Parks and Recreation. We also listened through Dookie on vinyl. Pretty awesome.

The best days are those with traveling (no matter how small) and unplanned adventures. Today was one of those days.