I still remember the view from the airplane a few minutes before the arrival at Newark International Airport. It was a beautiful scenery with some mountains and a river in-between. After a bit of research with Yasmin’s friend and the internet it turned out to be the Bear Mountain State Park and its surroundings. We decided to rent a car and book a motel for one night and go upstate.
I was really hungry when we finally arrived at the motel that we booked for the night but all the restaurants were closed and we had to buy our dinner (candy and chips) at a gas station. The next morning we got up early to explore the State Park. It was really cold that day and I had a hard time to leave the warm bed behind. We parked our rental car at the Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge. I remembered the Lodge from the research for a motel but unfortunately it was too expensive for us. We hiked up to the Perkins Memorial Observatory. Sadly the Observatory was closed while we were there because it is only open from April to November. But I loved the view from the mountain even without the opportunity to use the Observatory.
I love NYC and all the noises and busyness that comes with it but standing on a mountain 66 km/ 41 Miles away and still be able to see the skyline is a fantastic feeling. Yasmin and I had to leave Bear Mountain State Park the same day to catch our flight back home but the next time I am longer in NYC I will definably go back to spent more time there.