Tranquility and Nature Join Forces at the Beautiful Round Lake Preserve

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A couple years ago I wrote a blog about the new and beautiful Round Lake Preserve. At the time I had very mixed feelings about sharing this beautiful resource - not because I didn't love it, I didn't want to share, I wanted it all to myself.  There's that only child mentality creeping in. ;)  But I wrote about it anyway and although it's been a couple of years since it opened, it seems to still be a pretty well-kept secret.  We rarely run into anyone when we're there, and if we do, it's only a person or two. Perhaps that's because everyone is crowding the beautiful launch site on Route 9 (another of my favorite spots to sit and enjoy nature and people watch), but if you're searching for a tranquil, natural area that is filled with sounds of nature and unspoiled land and water, the Round Lake Preserve is such a beautiful resource.

The 90 acre preserve was once destined to be a residential development.  Taken straight from the Saratoga Plan website:

"With a long term partnership envisioned, Saratoga PLAN and the Town of Malta acquired the land that now makes up the Round Lake Preserve from the Sweeney family in 2008.  They have worked together to preserve this land adjacent to Round Lake and Anthony Kill, protecting significant natural and archaeological resources.  The resultant Round Lake Preserve provides multiple passive recreational and cultural opportunities to the community including, but not limited to, improved site access, a formalized parking area, accessible trails, boardwalk, fishing access and viewing areas; educational opportunities and a car-top boat launch."

Finding the preserve is a bit tricky until you've been there once or twice.  As you drive Route 67 from Route 9 towards Mechanicville, the Round Lake Preserve sign will be on your right just about the time you can see the Sweeney Farm up ahead on your left.

You'll travel down a long gravel road through the open farm field until you come to the first parking area, complete with picnic tables and informational placards. 
Go a little further and you'll come to another parking area, then a drop off area where you can launch a kayak or canoe and finally a beautiful boardwalk to the water.


Sunrise

Beautiful adjoining fields at sunrise!



Round Lake Preserve












Whether you're looking for a quiet waterway for a little kayaking or want to throw in a line for a little fishing, or maybe just a quiet place to commune with nature, the beautiful and tranquil Round Lake Preserve will not disappoint.  Just another local gem in this beautiful area of New York State, check it out today!



Thanks for reading.  To read my earlier post from the preserve with more history of how this resource came to fruition, use the enclosed link:


Thanks for reading and don't forget to visit again for more Life As I See It!

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Enjoying a Perfect Spring Day on a Road Trip Through Easton

Monday, May 15, 2017


Rain, rain, go away....I hate to be a complainer but really....I'm looking foward to the sunny days that have been promised for the rest of the week.  We did take advantage of one beautiful day last week and took a ride to the country.  One thing I love about living in the Northeast where we experience four seasons is that we get to enjoy (and photograph) our favorite places in different seasons and backdrops. Surprisingly, as many posts as I've written about Easton, NY, we'd never actually toured during spring or summer so we've been looking forward to checking out the view covered in spring blossoms and shades of green.  I can say we were not disappointed.  A beautiful view is a beautiful view in any season and as you'll see, that's true of Easton.

I always say that photography helps me to 'see' the world with new eyes, a sort of magnified vision. It also helps me to see things I'd probably not notice were I not looking for photo ops.  Like this photo...
I don't know why, but this scene just screamed to me to be captured.  Were I not traveling for the purpose of capturing images, I'd probably not have even noticed it.  That's what blogging does for me.  It gives me inspiration to notice the world around me and share that world with all of you.  Life today is so busy, so full of commitments, that unless we make time to, we just go from one task, one commitment to another without taking time to enjoy the world around us.  Luckily I take enough time enjoying it to make up for most of us ;) and I'm going to share it with you - one road trip at a time!



 My favorite is still standing....
 A very special friend and the Visitation Minister from my church, Brother Paul, sketched this masterpiece for me recently.  Talk about talent!!  Thanks to him, my favorite Easton building will now stand forever - at least on my wall.



















Cow and cowbirds!








There's something so peaceful, so calming about a ride through this countryside.  Maybe it's the view for miles, the untouched, unspoiled land for miles, or perhaps it's the quiet of the country but I could spend a million afternoons riding these back roads.  I know progress must be made and cities must exist but I hope I don't live long enough to see the view here any different than it is today!  Thanks for coming along for another ride through Life As I See It in the beautiful Easton, NY.  If you're interested in comparing any of these shots with their winter counterparts, use the links provided below.

Shhh....I don't want to say it too loud, but I believe I see the sun shining.

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