Bailey Arboretum

I’ve known my whole life that the beach was my happy place. Growing up in Rockaway Beach, N.Y just one house from the boardwalk and ocean, my friends would call me (on the house phone) to see if there were waves, and I would stretch the long telephone wire onto the porch to check itContinue reading “Bailey Arboretum”

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

It’s funny how you can live in an area for 20 years and not be aware of the many beautiful places you can visit in your own backyard. I spent the last 20 years raising my children, commuting back and forth to work, and taking our annual family vacation. I visited and knew about theContinue reading “Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park”

Muttontown Preserve

It seems that the chipmunks of Long Island have discovered the secret to happiness- The Muttontown Preserve. As you walk onto the trail at the preserve you immediately discover that there are many, many chipmunks happily dancing with delight from one side of the emerald green trail to the other. During the height of theContinue reading “Muttontown Preserve”

Long Island Hiking Trails

I’ve been retired almost a year now from teaching and I’ve discovered that I really like the outdoors and walking the trails of Long Island. I have hiked trails in Hawaii, Martinique, Puerto Rico and many other places, but you can get that feeling of escaping it all, right in your own backyard. Three recentContinue reading “Long Island Hiking Trails”

Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve

In my quest to find outdoor Things to do Near Me on Long Island, my daughter and I wandered off to the Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve. It is located in Merrick, N. Y. right off the Meadowbrook Parkway. It has free parking and there is no entry fee. And who was Norman J.Continue reading “Norman J. Levy Park and Preserve”

William Cullen Bryant Preserve

Sculpture Park & Walking Trails In my quest to find Things to do Near Me on Long Island, I discovered a real gem at the Nassau County Museum of Art. To be honest, I have no interest in visiting this museum, but it turns out that they have quite an elaborate sculpture garden and beautifulContinue reading “William Cullen Bryant Preserve”

Jones Beach Boardwalk

As a newly retired teacher on Long Island, I continue my quest for finding Things to do Near Me. During the Covid19 Pandemic, my college age daughter and I have taken up walking pretty long distances for exercise, and to break up the monotony of the quarantine lifestyle. We generally walk around the neighborhood keepingContinue reading “Jones Beach Boardwalk”

Find a Rainbow Day

During this time of uncertainty and crisis, I continue to see heartwarming activities, as I noted in Covid19 Culture. As America lives under quarantine and unable to live their ordinary lives, it’s important that we all stay positive. As a retired teacher, I tend to think of the effect of all this on the kidsContinue reading “Find a Rainbow Day”

Covid19 Culture

As America lives under quarantine and unable to live their ordinary lives, I’ve noticed a few positive things. Life has slowed down to pretty much to a halt, and without all the running around from one activity to the next, children are spending more time with their parents. In many ways we have stepped backContinue reading “Covid19 Culture”

The Lakeside Birds of Eisenhower Park

Eisenhower Park in East Meadow has a lot to offer the people of Long Island throughout the seasons. In the winter, you may just want to get out for a little fresh air, and a brisk stroll around the lake just might be the answer. A short drive will bring you to a place whereContinue reading “The Lakeside Birds of Eisenhower Park”

Oheka Castle Tour and Lunch

As a newly retired teacher, I’m almost always looking for new and interesting things to do. I’m forever searching the web looking for vacation ideas and new adventures I can take with my college aged daughter, or my husband who is still too young to retire. Sometimes I just want to do something a littleContinue reading “Oheka Castle Tour and Lunch”

Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens

Strolling Through Life Together Old Westbury Gardens has “Dog Days” which are dog friendly days, usually the last weekend of the month. They are closed in the winter months. You can bring your leashed dog for some exercise and fun. A good time is had by all and your furry friend will thank you! DogsContinue reading “Dog Days at Old Westbury Gardens”