August is typically the quiet month. The one when folks either decide to go off-grid or when wanderlust travelers share the beauty and nuances of every exquisite detail of their findings out on the road.
Given that I grew up on a small family farm not far from the shores of the Hudson, I decided to journey with my twin boys from Manhattan to the pure creeks and cool mountain communities of New York State's Catskill Mountain Park.
The Catskills region is getting a lot of press of late, what some are calling a 'revival'. This is wonderful to see after decades of economic decline and the dormancy of regional attractions and main street businesses.
For me, travel there simply allowed me to let go of the seemingly urgent and endless list of looming tasks in order to let the scented elements, deep summer naps, and nourishing local food work their magic.
Enjoy these few photos from my wanderings, and do consider visiting this historic pocket of the Northeast during any season, as the local lodgings and restorative scenery provide an accessible get away from urban life and daily routines.
All photos by Abigail Doan
The Mountaintop Arboretum in Tannersville, NY (not photographed, but recommended)