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That Time We Turned an Ordinary Day into an Epic Adventure

I tend to plan trips to the minute–a tendency that has only gotten worse since having kids. Sometimes, though, you just have to let go and enjoy the ride!

Last summer, we had planned a relaxing weekend at my in-laws vacation house on Long Island’s North Fork, just one hour from our home. Between work and the kids, we forgot to clear it with my Mother-in-Law, who was having guests that weekend!

So, instead, we made a last minute switch to drive to upstate New York and ended up having an epic adventure.

Our first stop was Bear Mountain, where I picnicked as a child.

IMG_6765IMG_6767IMG_6797 We checked out the zoo and drove to the top of the mountain. We live on Long Island so the kids rarely get to see an actual mountain. They were just awed by the view!

IMG_6809 Wind whipping through our hair, we could see for miles. The observatory has a cool map that tells you what you can observe from the top.

IMG_6814IMG_6816 What child doesn’t want to dance on a mountaintop?

IMG_6820 We drove on because my husband had one of his own childhood memories to check out: the Herkimer Diamond Mines.

IMG_6825 At Herkimer, you can chisel ad hammer away at rocks to find perfectly formed crystals that look like diamonds.

IMG_6826IMG_6829 What’s more exciting than a treasure hunt? A treasure hunt where you might find “diamonds!” This is the stuff of show and tell legends, folks.

IMG_6834 An overnight stay at a hotel, with a pool, of course, and we were off to our final adventure on the trip. When I was a little girl, my grandfather took my to Howe Caverns. I remember being completely amazed by this underground cave system and its stalagmite and stalactite formations. My kids were no different, marveling at the colors, the perfect reflections in still underground ponds, and their trip along the River Styx. Talk about epic adventures–the kids chattered about how they had been to Hades and lived to tell the tale!

IMG_6842IMG_6843 On the way home, we were able to stop at my parents house and the kids got to see my grandfather–the man who originally brought me to Howe Caverns.

P1080814 A visit with Great Papa? Priceless.

Whether we’re turning a hurricane into a party, a blizzard into sledding, or mixed-up plans into a journey from mountain top to the depths of the caverns underground, I know I’ll have an epic adventure with my crew.

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Candace is the co-editor and co-founder of Mamanista. She is an educational consultant and writer.

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