Hello hello!! This past weekend I took a bit of a spur of the moment trip (well pretty much decided it on Thursday night so I would consider that spur of the moment). As I had no plans other than the usual grocery shopping, cooking, laundry and gym time. I know exciting stuff! Though I do really enjoy that time to get things done and have fun in the kitchen, sometimes it is nice to get away from all that for a bit.
Thanks Katie for the link up.
Just a bit over three hours later I had arrived in Binghamton, NY. After waking up Brian, we headed to lunch. I was so hungry and dung right into my steak sandwich and fries.
Once our stomachs were satisfied, we drove to Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca. It was about an hour drive and it started raining when we were less than 10 miles away. Luckily most of the rain passed quickly as it wasn’t even forecasted. We finally arrived and headed up a ¾ mile trail to the top of Buttermilk Falls. This trail was probably 75% stairs so it was quite the hike for both of us, but definitely worth it. We want to go back in the summertime, but it was nice that it wasn’t too crowded, even if it was damp and a bit chilly.
One of my favorite pictures is of the bridge.
We crossed the bridge and headed down the other trail. We eventually discovered we were walking on the service road. We saw the trail but it was more steep and with the slippery wet leaves, we stayed with the service road for a while. Luckily this trail didn’t have stairs though stairs might have been easier for the going down lol. Eventually as the service road and trail ran parallel we hopped back over to the trail and made it down.
We wanted to make the most of our time together and while we were in Ithaca, we decided to go a few miles around the corner to another state park, Taughannock Falls State Park. We walked the gorge trail and saw the beautiful falls at the end.
It was amazing to still see so much green on the trees in one section. I also got my wheel pose in!
I successfully got my 10K steps in, in the span of 3-4 hours between the two parks. I didn’t really have that many from the rest of the day seeing as I was mostly in the car driving.
Now that we had had our exercise, it was dinner time and we headed to Brian’s family friend’s house for the evening, catching up with each other and eventually ordering some pizza and wings (this was after I had a bowl of Lucky Charms and some peanut butter crackers upon first arriving at this house since I was hungry).
We left from there at almost 10pm and I was tired so I went right to bed once we got back to Binghamton.
Sunday morning, we got up around 7:30. I brought some pumpkin O’s for my breakfast. I pretty much always bring some sort of breakfast or snack for myself when I travel since I like to eat as soon as I get up. I munched on my breakfast and then read for a bit.
Once Brian finished up his breakfast, he got a bucket and brush ready for me outside for my car. My car was filthy and it has almost become a tradition every time I am in Binghamton to wash my car since they have all the supplies.
Once my car was nice and clean, it was time for me to get on the road again.
The drive went pretty smoothly as there were not too many travelers this weekend. I stopped for my groceries on the way and finally arrived home around 2pm. As soon as I got home I was running around all over the apartment, doing laundry, putting things away, roasting some sweet potatoes and Brussel sprouts and uploading the pictures from the parks. I was so productive in my first few hours back at home. Taking just a short weekend trip away was so relaxing. I hardly even checked Facebook or Instagram while away. Sometimes you just need a bit of a break and then you can come back in full swing.
Do you enjoy taking short weekend trips?