They sent me to Binghamton

I've always wanted to be on the east coast, and the universe responded…by sending me to Binghamton, NY. Oh you've never heard of it? Neither had I, but I do so love adventures and that's how I choose to view this. Let the adventures begin!


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Seasons

I had made a comment on Facebook about how fall in New York feels like winter in southern California but also mentioned how it was worth the cold because of how beautiful it looks. My uncle then shared with me what the seasons look like in Ohio and I just had to share because it looks so beautiful!Seasons in Ohio

In hindsight, I should’ve picked a tree around here and took pictures showing the different seasons I’ve experienced so far, but originally I thought I wasn’t even going to make it to fall! No matter, I am still very much enjoying the process. I didn’t think I would feel as excited as I did when spring first came after winter (omg green!) but I was wrong. Seeing the leaves starting to turn red is bringing me just as much joy. I definitely can understand now why people would choose to live in a place that has actual seasons.

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Robert H. Treman State Park – Trees, and Trees, and Trees!

On my parents’ last day on the east coast we decided to go to Robert H. Treman State Park.

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Entrance to the Trails

As we entered the trail, my dad started looking for a makeshift walking stick to help with the hike. My mom followed suit. Once they found their walking sticks, they were ready to go!

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There were several trails to choose from, but we decided to take the Rim Trail, which went up in the trees instead of alongside the gorge. Usually, I choose the gorge trail because I love being near the water but there is something to be said about hiking within the trees. It’s beautiful in its own way.

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Much green!

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So wow!

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The moss on the fallen trees were pretty cool.

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I have about 100 pictures that look like the one below. I simply couldn’t help myself! It was too beautiful not to try and capture it!

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We came across this fallen tree in the middle of the path.

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So of course I try to lift it.

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CrossFit is supposed to be functional, right?

The cool thing about this path is we got to see the different types of vegetation and creatures living in them! There were many brown little frogs hopping about (that I unfortunately didn’t get on camera) and really well hidden spiders.

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Can you spot the spider?

We also came across this pulley system that I at first thought was supposed to be for ziplining.

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At the highest point of the trail there was an overlook of the falls.

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At the lowest point of the trail, you end up at the bottom of the falls and there we saw many people swimming, relaxing by the rocks, and just generally enjoying the view.

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My mom and I had a little rock skipping contest here

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My dad, nonchalantly sitting on the rock while whistling

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“You shall not pass!”

It was a great end to my parents’ visit! Next adventure for me is Costa Rica while the next adventure for them is Alaska!


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Why, hello there, beautiful – Ithaca, take 2

I had fully intended on going on a solo trek to Ithaca this weekend to see for myself what people around here were talking about when they say Ithaca is beautiful. Plus, as much as I loved seeing people and doing all sorts of social activities the past two months or so, I have completely reached my social quota, to the point where it is now overflowing and I just need to have some time to myself.

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I mean, no, I don’t really hate people, I just feel that way right now. However, the extroverted part of myself still loves hanging out with new people, which is why when a new friend asked if he could tag along, I couldn’t say no.

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Le sigh. One of these days, I’m going to have to learn to say no and let my introverted self win against my extroverted self. That day though, I’m glad I said yes because not only was it beautiful, I also had a great time! Finally, I met someone who has a goofy sense of humor similar to my own!

But first, allow me to show you the beauty of:

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This is what we were greeted with:

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And the beauty just kept going.

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And going.

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And going.

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There were also some cool rock formations as a result of the flowing water, but it was hard to capture on camera (it looked much better in person):

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My new adventure buddy had the great idea to take some photos of us doing cool poses, so here were mine:

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Afterwards, we were hungry (naturally), so I looked up a place to eat using Yelp (they use Yelp in Ithaca!), which showed a few places in downtown Ithaca that had good reviews and food pictures. We then had a mini-adventure parking his truck in the parking structure.

 

Then we walked over to Just a Taste, a delicious tapas place that completely blew our minds.

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Afterwards, we drove back home, where we proceeded to have our own little concert, dancing and singing our hearts out with complete disregard for our talent (or lack thereof). I had an amazing time.

You know, I truly believe that people come into our lives for a reason. Sometimes that reason sucks, but other times, like how I’ve felt since I’ve moved here, it is just straight up awesome.

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So, life, even though I’m a control freak and I’m doing my best to let go, I trust that you have great plans for me and I just need to keep doing what I’m doing and be patient.

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Yeah, yeah, I know, life. I get it. And through all the good times and all the bad, I will do my best to remember that,

“The best way to go through life is with a smile.”

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Spring is in the air!

Now that it’s getting warmer and school is done for summer break* I’m super excited about exploring New York and the other surrounding states. At the same time, I heard spring/summer is when the fun activities happen around here. One such event that I heard about was the Chocolate and Wine Festival in Montrose, Pennsylvania. I looked up how far it was from me and it was only a 35 minute drive! How crazy that I can be in another state in just 35 minutes! Ok, so that’s not really crazy, it’s more that being from southern California it’s a little strange to me that I can be in different states in a relatively short amount of time. In any case, I was excited to do my first event around here and just generally excited because..well…it’s wine and chocolate (lol).

The festival started off with a complimentary wine glass and some chocolate.

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Aside from the many wineries offering wine tasting, there was food, dessert, and various other vendors selling some pretty cool stuff.

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(This one makes me sad because I am unfortunately horribly lactose-intolerant and gluten-sensitive)

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They also had a live band performing, which was pretty cool.

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The best part for me though was the drive to and from the event. I was just absolutely astounded with how beautiful it was.

Why, hello there, open space!

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I couldn’t get over how green everything was!

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I took so many more photos than this because it was just so absolutely beautiful to me. It’s funny because when I looked back at my photos, (1) they did not do what I saw justice, and (2) they all looked the same. I just wanted to capture it, I was so surprised at the beauty all around me. Most people think of New York City when they hear “New York,” which naturally brings to mind tall buildings, busy streets, and loud noises, and I’m not going to lie, I was one of those people. What I’m starting to realize though with spring finally coming is that the other part of New York that is not the city is beautiful. Like, nature beautiful, not just concrete jungle where dreams are made of beautiful.

I’ve only seen winter and the beginning of spring so far but I can already begin to understand why people like living in a place that has seasons. Yeah, winter and summer can be brutal but wow how the land changes! Winter was beautiful too but spring…wow. I hope my work assignment keeps me here until fall because I heard that’s the most beautiful season of all. Truthfully, I don’t want to leave at all but…I’ll cross that bridge when I get there.

Just need to remember:

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And also:

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*Yup, I work full-time and am a part-time student trying to get my master’s. At the same time, I am drinking the crossfit kool aid heavily (although I’ve gotten over talking about it excessively) and I’m determined to visit my friends and family on the east coast while also doing my own exploration. I iz crazy, I know. Wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂