Sabbath Day – Walkable Westchester
Sabbath Day is a weekly post to keep me accountable for observing a weekly time of rest and restoration. It is a day for myself, my family, and ultimately for God to use.
Spring is finally here, and I have broken out my copy of Walkable Westchester, a guide to where to walk north of NYC between the Hudson River and the Long Island Sound. Written by Jane and Walt Daniels, and covering over 600 miles of trail, this will be our guide for the summer. Just this week we have discovered Beaver Dam River in Bedford Village, the John Jay Homestead, the Hart’s Brook Park and Preserve, and the White Plains Greenway. The later follows a portion of the old New York-Westchester-Boston railway from Gedney Farm to Scarsdale, with sign of the old rail system still visible. Today we visited the Tarrytown Lake Park where August spent time tracking a white tailed deer. We also spotted many turtles and a crane.
On days like this I know how lucky I am to live where I do. National Geographic has included the Hudson River Valley as one if its Top Ten Destinations for 2013. Read their description of what there is to do and see here in the land of Rip Van Winkle and the Headless Horseman, and then check out the complete list of Best Trips for 2013. For local readers or friends planning a visit, National Geographic also provides a suggested road trip to get to know area. Tomorrow evening we’ll be standing in a park near the Tappan Zee Bridge to watch the International Space Station pass overhead.
Tired and hungry, we then had a lovely dinner at Mint in Tarrytown. My saffron scallops rank as among the best I have ever had. August managed his homework at the table, and even wrote and solved a full page of math problems just for fun. (Yes that is a heart shaped piece of amazing salami on the plate in front of him). We then took a brief drive down to Hudson’s River before heading back home.
The visit home was just for the purpose of heading August toward bed. Within the hour I was picked up by a friend and headed back to the Tarrytown Music Hall to see Keb Mo. He was originally scheduled to play here last fall, but Superstorm Sandy caused the show to be postponed. The original appearance would have included a band, but this evening turned out to be an intimate solo performance. Excellent. Half a dozen songs into the show with a very lively and vocal audience Keb invited guitar legend Larry Carlton to join him on stage. An outstanding treat. Just Like You, One Friend, Henry, Suitcase, The Whole Enchilada, Life is Beautiful, Perpetual Blues Machine, Soon As I Get Paid, Love in Vain, and That’s Not Love: he played ’em all, and more in a long, lazy, slow set.
May you all find your sabbath this week as well. Shalom.