Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Rich New Yorkers who feel bad about keeping their dogs inside all day are paying dog hikers to let them run free in the country. Dogs who are of various breeds and size sit in a van that will leave from SoHo and eventually make it to South Mountain Reservation near Millburn, New Jersey. Credit Credit Andrew White for The New York Times Supported by ByKate Dwyer Nov. 10, 2018 Two When they leave for work, “Mackey’s usually a little sullen, a little sad,” said Mr. Carillo, 34, a finance trader who lives in a co-op in Chelsea. To make sure the puppy stayed active, they first hired professional dog walkers to take Mackey on twice-daily, 45-minute strolls. But it wasn’t enough. “He likes to be outside when we’re in New York, but he doesn’t love to walk that far,” Mr. Carillo said. On a friend’s recommendation, … [Read more...] about Can’t Take Your Fancy Dog Hiking in the Country? Hire a Pro
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Two years ago, Dane and Brooke Carillo brought home Mackey, an English cream golden retriever, to their two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan, but they quickly realized he wasn’t cut out for city life. When they leave for work, “Mackey’s usually a little sullen, a little sad,” said Dane Carillo, 34, a finance trader who lives in a co-op in Chelsea. To make sure the puppy stayed active, they first hired professional dog walkers to take Mackey on twice-daily, 45-minute strolls. But it wasn’t enough. “He likes to be outside when we’re in New York, but he doesn’t love to walk that far,” Carillo said. On a friend’s recommendation, they hired a company called My Dog Hikes to whisk Mackey away to the New Jersey countryside for three-hour hikes in the woods every Monday. “He gets super-excited,” Carillo said. “We were concerned with his exertion, to make sure, as a puppy, he wasn’t just laying around.” Call … [Read more...] about Can’t take your dog hiking the country? Hire a professional.
LAST NOVEMBER I spent a night shivering on the ground, huddled against a hubcap-sized stone that held a trace of the day’s warmth. I had hiked alone into Harriman State Park, about 40 miles from my Brooklyn home, and in an effort to test the limits of ultralight camping, I’d packed skimpily. My sleeping bag was too thin, and instead of a tent, I carried a feathery hammock that allowed the freezing air to circulate beneath me and steal warmth from my shivering muscles. About 3 miles from the nearest road, I dropped to the dirt, swaddled myself in the hammock, and slept in blinking intervals waiting for the sun to re-emerge.... … [Read more...] about Why Camping Alone Can Make You a Mental Winner
Just five miles from the watershed of the Missouri River, eastern Idaho’s Henry’s Fork of the Snake River (aka The North Fork) begins when the daily influx of 500,000 gallons of 54-degree water from Big Springs unite with those from Henry’s Lake Outlet near Mack’s Inn in Island Park. Those five miles make all the difference, and this river races, meanders and falls toward the Pacific Ocean, so it might as well be 500. The journey of only 127 miles (about 70 crow-fly miles) before co-mingling with the other famous eastern Idaho River, the South Fork, are miles full of wonder. The very character of the lovely place we call Island Park is defined by this river. Whether it is running over Coffee Pot Rapids or winding silkily through a flower-packed meadow, life blossoms along its banks and flourishes because it is there. Hardly before it even begins, the Henry’s Fork must work its way through Island Park Reservoir, where the water is stored for later diversion … [Read more...] about Henry’s Fork a treasure right in our backyard
In our series, Pay Attention, we explore ways to sharpen our focus and recapture our attention from distracting technology. Americans spend an average of 93 percent of their time indoors or inside a car, meaning just 12 hours a week is spent outside. There is mounting scientific evidence that spending time in nature is good for your body and your brain. In this installment, we explore a popular activity prescribed by Japanese physicians for years: forest bathing. Over the river and through the woods, nestled in the vibrant forest of New York's Harriman State Park, "CBS This Morning" co-host John Dickerson joined a small group of first-time forest bathers. Forest bathing is the practice of immersing yourself in nature by engaging the five senses. This is not a hike. There is no destination or goal. It's about discovery and awareness. "I heard the river so clearly," one first-time forest bather said. Another liked the opportunity to "just be alone." Those first-timers, including … [Read more...] about Pay Attention: Exploring how forest bathing benefits both body and mind