Our first hike took place at Teatown Lake Reservation on January 8. I love Teatown and frequently train here. Choosing to hike the Grand Canyon with Team in Training was a “no-brainer” and it’s a hike I’ve always wanted to do. Next year, my son may join me; he misses the age requirement (16) by two months...bummer.
Fourteen fellow hikers plus our TNT hike coach, our Leukemia and Lymphoma Society team coordinator, and a TNT hike mentor met spending 90 minutes reviewing hiking essentials and learning more about the challenges we would encounter in the Grand Canyon before we hiked 3-4 miles. There is a lot of material to know, and yes, there will be a test!
Our TNT hike coach is great. He has been a TNT coach for many years and has taken several teams to the Grand Canyon, so he knows the challenges and is preparing us with training, humor and fundraising tips.
We just completed our second hike at Ward Pound Ridge in Cross River on Sunday, Jan. 22. This is another great hiking treasure in Westchester and is the largest park in the county. We did a six mile hike that included the where you will find the Leatherman's Cave. was a unique individual who trekked a 365-mile circuit every year.
LLS and TNT offer great events, training, friendships, and challenges. Please follow my journey or join me and help "Pay it Forward" and find a cure for blood cancer.
And if you haven’t been to Teatown or Ward Pound Ridge, you should schedule a visit. Teatown is a great natural resource in Ossining and is a great place to bring your family, hike or walk (they maintain over 15 miles of trails), and learn about the environment. They have an injured bird sanctuary where you can see the birds up close. And if you’d like to learn about eagles, check out EagleFest on Feb. 4, 2012. Ward Pound Ridge is in Cross River and offers activities all-season long.
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