Well, I went on a pretty impromptu trip upstate with my roommates Morgan and Brian, and our mutual friend Brett: we drove a few hours from Brooklyn to go hiking at Breakneck Ridge. I’ve never done a real hiking excursion before, and to be perfectly honest, it was refreshingly exhausting.
We climbed three of the major hills/mountains the Hudson Highlands region of New York has to offer, and I never imagined I had the physical endurance to spend 3+ hours climbing rocks and traversing the rocky ledges without any appropriate gear or experience. By the end of it, I was physically tired and dripping with sweat, but the views, the exercise, and the adventure with three of my closest friends was well worth it. I just didn’t expect that my sedentary and otherwise unhealthy lifestyle allowed my body to even undertake such a physical feat; I guessed I’d collapse of a heart attack while scaling at least the first half of the first ridge.
Afterwards, we drove back home and stopped by Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow for a well-deserved Bubble Tea at a Chinese takeout restaurant — which, by my guess, would be the only “ethnic” restaurant in all of Westchester. When we arrived back in Brooklyn, we ordered a shit-ton of Indian food and played Mario Kart 64 for the remainder of the night. Calves burned from the hike and my mouth was set ablaze as I ate Lamb Vindaloo, and I gladly watched Brett beat all of us on Toad’s Turnpike. In summation, it was a great weekend.