Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Saturday at Lake Minnewaska

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

I love living in New York City! Still, sometimes it is very important to get away from all the hustle and bustle. I spent last weekend in Ulster County with family friends. We went to Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve to swim and hike around the lake. It was so much fun!

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

I loved hiking in the Shawangunk mountains. It's so green, especially compared to the city. 

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

We hiked along the carriage road around Lake Minnewaska, but I loved climbing on the rocks that surround the trail. We hiked along the trail until we reached a little turn off to go to the beach!

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

The lake was so cold and refreshing! I sat on a big rock and tried very hard to skip pebbles on the surface of the water. I was not very good at it and just made lots of splashes! It was so nice to sit by the water. We ate peaches, cherries, and almonds.  We also had cold water in our bottles.  Hurrah!

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

Lake Minnewaska had a lot of little salamanders- or maybe newts? They swam around looking adorable, but every time I tried to take a picture, they'd swim away! I saw some minnows too. Lake Minnewaska is a sky lake- it's up in the mountains. Apparently it is very deep.

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

After lots of swimming, we got dressed again and decided to hike the loop around the lake. I was surprised at how high the little cliffs above the lake feel! From the lake, they look high up, but when you're actually up there, looking down to the water is a little bit intimidating. I took out my binoculars so I could look at the people swimming below in the cold blue lake.

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

There was an SCA volunteer who had an information table about Emerald Ash Borers, a type of beetle that is destroying the ash trees in the area.  SCA is the Student Conservation Association.  Students can join and do cool jobs in different parks. Maybe I'll do it someday! After I had thoroughly scared myself with information on ash borers, we continued along the path until I found these ferns. Don't I look like I'm in Jurassic Park?

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

Mama's friend, our host, told me lots of cool stories about scuba diving and caves. I decided to play in the rocks and pretend to be caving for a little bit. Maybe I'll try that someday too!

Inky at Lake Minnewaska

The last thing I did, after completing the hike around the lake, was climb a tree! It was really nice to stretch my limbs and smell the sticky sap.  Someday, it would be really fun to spend the night in a treehouse, don't you think?

I'm glad that Mama and I got to visit our friends in Ulster County! Apparently, our family has roots in Ulster County going back a very, very long time.  Isn't that cool? I love having connections to people all over the world. 

Have you every gone on a weekend trip? Where did you go? What did you do?

Monday, July 9, 2018

Stonewall National Monument

Inky & friends at the Stonewall National Monument

Last year, my friend Reine and I celebrated Pride together.  We had so much fun that we decided to do it again this year! We met up for ice cream at the Stonewall National Monument.  Stonewall is one of the newer national monuments, designated by President Barack Obama.  It commemorates the Stonewall uprising that began on June 28, 1969.   It's a great place to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community! I have two moms, so the monument is particularly special to me.

Inky at the Stonewall Inn

The Stonewall Inn is decorated for Pride with lots of rainbow flags and lights.  Rainbow flags are a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community that I love! Rainbows are so cheerful, don't you think?

Inky at the Stonewall Inn

I had fun climbing around on the inn's facade. Because of the amazing people who have fought for LGBTQ+ equality over many, many years, I am able to grow up with married moms and attend celebrations like Pride.  Of course, the struggle is not over.  Someday, I hope all people will be treated equally.  Still, I think it's important to celebrate successes and also keep working to improve our society. 

Inky at Stonewall National Monument

I'm very excited, as efforts have been underway to introduce a Junior Ranger Program to the Stonewall National Monument! I would love to be a junior ranger at Stonewall! Who knows- someday, when I grow up, I may even be a ranger at Stonewall for my job!

I'm so glad Reine and I got to visit Stonewall and celebrate Pride together.  Have you ever fought for something you believe in? What was it?

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year! In my family, New Year is our main winter holiday; I receive presents from Ded Moroz (Grandfather Frost) and my family and friends to celebrate! Once the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve, I am allowed to open my presents! First though, I posed with a sign to welcome 2018.

Happy New Year 2018!

I looked under the tree and there was a wonderful array of gifts waiting for me to open them! I was so excited to see what they held inside.

Happy New Year 2018!

The first gift, from Ded Moroz, was wrapped in wonderful, wintry paper! It looked like drawings on a chalkboard, actually! What could be inside?

Happy New Year 2018!

It was a Moana doll! Moana is one of my all-time favorite movies.  The doll is dressed in Moana's chief outfit, including her special necklace.  Thank you Ded Moroz!

Happy New Year 2018!

There was also a gift from my friend Brooke. Hurrah! Brooke gives the best gifts. She and I have a lot in common, so I knew whatever she had sent would be perfect.

Happy New Year 2018!

Cool! Brooke sent Octonauts-themed gifts! The Octonauts is one of my favorite shows; I love to watch it with Brooke. In fact, one year we dressed up as Shellington Otter and Tweak Bunny from the Octonauts for Halloween! Inside the New Year gift were a red crab, a hilarious Bob the Blobfish, and a gooey splatter of sea snot! Wow, thanks Brooke!

Happy New Year 2018!

The next gift to open was from Mom and Mama, my parents.  I could tell right away because of the narwhal wrapping paper! Hmmm, what could be inside the package?

Happy New Year 2018!

Whoa! I laughed and laughed! My parents had given me a plush avocado! It was huge and green. I like to eat avocado toast for breakfast with my Mom- and my Mama says that I'm such a New York kid for doing that.  Now I can cuddle with my avocado, hurrah!

Happy New Year 2018!

My next gift was decorated with octopus wrapping paper! It's so funny that there is ocean-themed holiday paper now. 

Happy New Year 2018!

It was an Elsa doll! Elsa wore her pretty holiday dress from the new Olaf's Frozen Adventure short film. She was also holding a tiny reindeer cookie! How cute!

Happy New Year 2018!

My penultimate gift was also from my parents. What could it be? It had a label that said "do not shake!" Hmmm, very curious!

Happy New Year 2018!

Holy hotdogs! Wow! It was a GoPro camera and a camera mount for my bicycle! So cool! I was so excited that I jumped up from beneath the tree and cheered. Yay!

Happy New Year 2018!

Then it was time for my final New Year gift. Under the tree, wrapped in peppermint-striped paper, was a gift from my Chi'i, my Mama's mama.  She also sends amazing gifts! I wondered what was in the little box.

Happy New Year 2018!

Wow! It was a beautiful heishi necklace made with coral and turquoise beads. It is so beautiful and I was so excited to put it on.

Happy New Year 2018!

What a wonderful selection of gifts! Thank you Ded Moroz, Brooke, Mom, Mama, and Chi'i!! I jumped up and down in the crumpled wrapping paper before putting it all in the recycling bin.  Hurrah! What a wonderful New Year!

Happy New Year 2018!

Can you believe it's 2018? Wow! I'm sending all of my blog readers wishes for a wonderful, safe, happy, and healthy 2018. 

How were your holidays? Did you receive any gifts from your friends and family? Happy Happy New Year!

Love,
Inky
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