N is for New York

Sunset on the lake in Copake, New York
A sunset on the lake in Copake, New York

Didn’t think I’d get back to the travel side of things did you?  Well, here I am. “N” is for New York, the place with a million nicknames – the Concrete Jungle, the City That Never Sleeps, the Big Apple – but not one of those comes close to describing my love for the city.

I’ve spent a decent amount of time exploring there, mostly when I was a child.  The parks, the museums, the food, the streets, the subways, the people — all left an indelible mark on my soul. It has a smell and a vibe unlike any other, and I’d be happy to return at any opportunity.

What I haven’t had time enough to do, and what I’d like to delve into at some point in the future is the vastness that is upstate New York. I did spend a little time there, in Copake, near the lake there.

Sunset on the lake in Copake, New York
A sunset on the lake in Copake, New York

l also visited Cooperstown (but really just the Baseball Hall of Fame) and Ithaca on some very quick business trips in my early 20s, but that was exactly the problem. They were too quick.

There is so much natural beauty there, I’m sure I would have to dump my entire iPhone to make room for all the pictures I’d want to take.

Have any of you A to Zers travelled there? Buffalo, Fort Ticonderoga, Ausable Chasm, Lake Placid, Johnstown…one day, I’m coming for you!


For more on the A to Z Challenge, please go HERE.

Stay tuned during the month of April to see what other subjects I want to explore…I’ll return to my senses on May 1. To see what I might usually post on a Thursday, go HERE.


By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. enjoyed your N post… I saw the New York skyline at dawn from one of the bridges (travelling from Long Island down to Virginia) no idea which bridge – but the view was fantastic! (also crossed the Chesapeake via that bridge…. Wow!!!!) US rivers are somewhat BIGGER than ours here in the UK LOL (thoroughly enjoying the A-Z mine is http://leaningonthegate.blogspot.co.uk/ )

    1. Yes, the view of the city is better when you are not actually in it! My grandparents lived directly across from the 79th street boat basin on the Jersey side of the Hudson – so we could see the upper West side. It was awesome. Thanks for reading and commenting. I will be checking out your blog a little later 🙂

  2. I travel to NYC once a month on business which is great but I would love to slow down and see things that the locals appreciate. Someone was talking about the chess players in Washington Park so I’m taking time to swing by when I’m out next month. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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