Family Vacay in Loch Sheldrake
Nestled in Sullivan County’s Town of Fallsburg, resides the small village of Loch Sheldrake. For the most part, this hamlet is extremely charming with a lot to see, but just because I’m stating it, doesn’t mean I actually got too many opportunities to go out and see the sights. For one, I don’t drive, (I know I know, how very NYC of me), but I made well up for it by attempting a few acres on foot.
My trek didn’t take me too far, since I needed to stay to the sides of public roads, and believe me I got plenty of questionable glares from oncoming drivers. Many roads didn’t have pedestrian walkways, so I needed to turn back and try my luck in the other direction.
I came across an abandoned home and a coop of featherless chickens. How’s that for adventure? I also trespassed a couple of times unknowingly, after which a man began to yell obscenities me.
In retrospect, I don’t blame him.
It wasn’t all that bad. The positive aspect to being stuck in suburbia for a couple of weeks is the glorious nature by which we were surrounded. I took full advantage of that; scouting the grounds of our little village from top to bottom. I helped reunite a baby Cedar Waxwing with its Mama after it had fallen from its nest, which felt really rewarding.
Our trip wasn’t completely uneventful. I watched old Russian movies with my grandmother and hung out with my two siblings. My mother was always whipping up fantastically delicious meals. Plus, a stray cat, whom we’ve infamously named ‘vixen’, kept sneaking in through the porch door.