I’m finally getting settled in Brooklyn with Daniel and I have to say that I love the slightly slower pace of life here compared with Manhattan. Don’t get me wrong, I’m definitely a city girl and I really enjoy the hustle and bustle but it can get old after a while. I’m glad I get the best of both worlds by working in Manhattan and living in Brooklyn. Regardless, it’s nice to get outside of the city and breathe in some truly clean air every now and then. Two weekends ago, Daniel and I did just that.
We booked a car through Enterprise CarShare (there is a car pickup location right in my building’s garage…holla!) and drove an hour and a half north of the city to Hudson Highlands State Park for a hike. After a little bit of research, I found a 3-mile loop that had some elevation so we could get in a real workout. The morning started a little grey and cold but, as we were driving, it turned into the most beautiful day- sunny with a slight breeze. My kind of weather! The hike wasn’t super strenuous so we leisurely walked along the path, stopping to take pictures near a stream and of other fun outdoorsy things. There were no animals spotted though, sadly. The top of the hike had a gorgeous view of the valley where we ate the lunch we packed. It was a pretty popular little hiking spot so there were lots of people at the top to help take a picture of us. I’m so glad we got at least one shot together!
Let’s just talk about Enterprise CarShare for a second. I’ve never owned a car because I went to boarding school, city college, and have lived in cities with great public transportation ever since. And I don’t really plan on owning a car until it is absolutely necessary—I certainly don’t need another thing to worry about, maintain, or pay for. Also, after moving from Philadelphia, I’m trying to keep my possession count as low as possible since moving totally stinks. Enterprise CarShare is great because the process is so simple: apply for a membership and once you’re approved, you can use the CarShare app to view and rent vehicles in your area, 24/7. You can select your vehicle preference and rent by the hour or for the day. I actually used Enterprise CarShare back in Philly as well and it was great for trips to Target and Home Depot every now and then. I could also see it being great for grocery shopping if your local store is far away and you are purchasing lots of things or buying things in bulk.
On our way back home from the hike, we stopped at IKEA to get some furniture for the new apartment, which was much needed. Now that’s what I would call a successful day! We were absolutely exhausted afterwards and luckily had Sunday to recover and do nothing 🙂 I am already planning our next trip and thinking that some apple picking is in order ASAP.
**If who sign up for the program via this link your registration and first year of membership will be free AND you’ll receive $20 in driving credits!**
How do you like to get out and enjoy nature?
I was provided with a complimentary registration and ride by Enterprise CarShare for this post and was compensated for my time. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make 24 Carrot Life possible.