I had off from work on Tuesday so I decided to take bus to New Paltz. I needed to get away for a day. I needed to go somewhere to take a breath. I needed to find inspiration to write.
I arrived early morning and headed straight to yoga at ashtanga yoga. It is right above a health food store. There were only a few people in class that morning. Afterwards I went to a book store around the corner called Barner Books. The owner was very helpful when I asked him about the area. He wrote down a few places I should check out.
I walked to Wallkill valley Rail Trail and went hiking for a bit. I stopped once I made it to the lake. It was there that I found two hippies and their dog. A young man writing in a tiny notebook and a woman playing guitar. I sat next to them and began writing in my notebook. I told the woman I liked her guitar. The strap was rainbow colored. I wanted to ask them some questions about the area but I didn’t want to bother them. I was sure that they had some interesting stories. I sad goodbye and went on my way.
The man at the book store told me I should check out wallkill farm market. It is only about mile away from town. On the way there I found a little bike rack where you can borrow a bike for free. All you need to do is go into one of the shops near by and give them your ID. Sadly, I couldn’t fit on any of the bikes. I wonder if Kristin Chenoweth has trouble finding an adult bike to ride.
Determined to not be discouraged about not being able to rent a bike, I kept walking towards the farmers market. I found the cutest chocolate shop. Lagusta’s Luscious. I fell in love right away. It was founded by a vegan chef in 2003 and the bakers work closely with small farmers. They only use 100% fair trade and organic chocolate. I got a vegan peanut butter cup as well as a list of vegan restaurants in NYC. 🙂
Continuing my waIk through town, found a cute little shop on the side of the road called Groovy Bluberry. absolutely loved this store! It reminded me of a crayon box. Almost everything inside was tie dye. The women that work there are so laid back and very helpful. I told them I was taking classes for digital journalism and they gave me a couple of emails and ideas. They also suggested some bars to go to. Before I left the store to go to the farm, I bought two bracelets. A pink one for me and a yellow one for my girlfriend.
I finally got to the farm market. The scenery was beautiful. There were flowers everywhere and the bakery smelled heavily. I would have stayed longer but I didn’t want get back to New York too late. I got sweet corn for 50 cents and walked back into town.
One of the bars that was suggested to me was Bacchus. I walked in and ordered the cheapest beer. Immediately, the man next to me asked me how old I was. No one ever believes me when I tell them my age. I guess in time I will learn to like looking so young. A few minutes later another man asked me if I wanted to play pool with him. The same man that was writing in his notebook by the lake. It is moments like this that I truly believe everything happens for a reason. I believe everyone we meet has some kind of impact on our lives.
We began to play and talk about our lives. He told me that he is planning to travel and play in a band with the woman I saw him with earlier. I told him that I came here to get away for a while. I told him about my class and how much I missed my girlfriend. He had a very deep soul. I love meeting people with depth and knowledge. I love hearing stories about people’s lives and what they go through. It isn’t too often I meet people who aren’t shallow and whose thoughts are mostly filled with money and drinking.
We left the bar to get something to eat. Ofcourse I suggested sushi. He took me to Tokyo Suhi. We ordered the Avocado Boat and Mango roll. So delicious. After dinner, her walked me to the bus station and waited with me until my bus came. We continued talking about relationships and work. He suggested I made a video resume and email him with any questions. I wished him good luck with his band and got on the bus back home.
I felt really good about the day I had. It was much needed. I need to get away for a day. I needed to clear my head and meet some new people. I may not be able to afford to travel to India or even California right now but a bus upstate was nice a day. I didn’t even feel too bad about everything I ate that day because I had walked so much. I was able to breathe and not be stressed out for too long. I want to go back when I have more time and money. I would love to go wine tasting and kayaking. I highly recommend taking a trip to New Paltz for anyone looking to destress.