Getaway Wishlist

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In the lead up to our getaway weekend Dan and I made a list of things we would like to do while away. It included such things as read, picnic, sleep a lot, log fires, walk and hike with Jack, and look at stars (this weekend was good for star spotting because of the new moon).

We managed to check a lot of things off our list during the past few days, and today we squeezed in a picnic before leaving the Catskills.

While I was fitting in some reading at breakfast…

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Dan was busy planning. Equipped with a local guide book he figured out a short hike (just a mile each way) that would lead us to a waterfall where we could have a picnic lunch.

After packing up the car and sweeping the cabin clean we headed out to find the Diamond Notch Falls Trail. Even though we have a GPS device Dan still enjoys having a map.

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With a new map at his fingertips, he directed us to a no through road (dead end) that winds through the scenic Spruceton Valley…

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to the trail head.

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After signing in, we walked along a beautiful woodland path until we reached our picnic spot just as Dan had planned.

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We enjoyed a simple lunch while all the time listening to the soothing sound of cascading water…

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in stereo.

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With another item from our wish list accomplished, we started heading back down the valley with home as our destination. Until Dan spotted an “Eggs” and a “Maple Syrup” sign. He knew that I was on the lookout for both, so we made a stop (I love buying stuff straight from a farm).

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I was delighted to return to the car with a couple of bonus items that I knew Dan would enjoy — honey plus two complimentary yellow squash that the farmer gave me. Jack showed interest too.

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live. enjoy. repeat.

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