I don’t know exactly what I was powering up for, considering that we spent the day driving on Long Island and lazying on the beach, but somehow what I had appeared to have all the elements of a power breakfast: Protein, spinach, peanut butter, milk. I was ready to take on the summer vibes, I guess.
While I love the beaches, the incredibly relaxing ocean air, fresh seafood, wineries, breweries and farmers markets that dot the major thoroughfares of the two forks, a Long Island jaunt is always just a little frustrating. The culprit is half Long Island, half me. Long Island trip always end up being heavy on driving, light on walking, which make me miss that feeling of pleasant exhaustion and a sense of accomplishment of a hike in the Hudson Valley or a long flaneur session in the city. Any exhaustion that I get from a Long Island trip is usually the mental exhaustion of driving on the Long Island Expressway.
The problem gets compounded because we eat and drink so well on Long Island. (Did I mention delicious seafood? And beer?) All in all, a day on Long Island makes me feel like an engorged slug with a guilty conscience. I sometimes try to combat the feeling by visiting one of the many state parks, wildlife refuges and nature preserves, but while fun in their own ways, they are mostly on the small side, with limited walking/hiking opportunities. (What’s not limited is the ticks and chiggers. Shudder!)
This is not to say Long Island is all bad–the issue really is the mismatch between my restless, must-be-walking-all-the-time tendencies and Long Island’s sit-back-and-relax focus. I need to find a way to not be so obsessed with being active all the time, I guess…
- Scrambled eggs with spinach and grated Parmesan cheese
- Baguette toast with peanut butter