Earlier this month, we took a trip out to the Poconos with some friends who have a cabin up there. Unfortunately, the weather did not corporate with our plans. It rained almost the entire time we were there. As a result, we used the time to catch up with each other, play board games, eat delicious food and read. There were a couple of breaks in the weather we took advantage of as well.
The property their cabin is on is part of the Forest Lake Club, a private club 100 miles from Manhattan. The club was started in 1882 and has a tradition of land conservation and preservation. The property is 4,700 acres with three gorgeous lakes. The centerpiece of the club is a Swiss Gothic clubhouse built in 1899 where we enjoyed breakfast each morning.
Thursday afternoon, we caught up with a friend who is working on his law degree at Seton Hall. He was in the midst of studying for finals so we whisked him away for a beer and some relaxation. He took us to Redd’s Biergarten where we enjoyed a few pints before heading up to the Poconos.
We spent most of the day Friday inside by the fire place either reading, talking or playing games. Saturday, the weather broke long enough to take a walk around the property and one of the lakes. Towards the end of our walk we ran across a porcupine who was not to happy to see us. He quickly scurried up a tree and stayed there until we left. Until then, I had no idea porcupines could climb trees! Sunday was a short day, cleaning up the cabin and getting ready to head back to Newark. On the way back to the city, we stopped in at the Storm King Art Center. Storm King is sculpture park that was founded in 1960. The park is about an hour from NYC in the lower Hudson Valley. It consists of 500 acres of fields, hills and woodlands and over 100 sculptures. I’ve never thought of myself as one for sculpture but this place impressed me. I certainly want to go back and explore more.
Despite the weather, it was an incredible weekend with friends.