Backpacking in the Hudson Valley: Don’t Forget to Bring a Natural Bug Repellent

Natural bug repellent is important for any outdoor adventurer, but it’s especially crucial to bring along on backpacking trips in the Hudson Valley and Catskills. Unlike DEET and Picaridin repellents, natural bug repellents won’t harm the environment or leave you feeling sticky and smelling like chemicals, so you can still enjoy long days of hiking without worrying about annoying bugs flying into your face all day long. With a few simple ingredients from your kitchen, you can make your own natural bug repellent that will last all day long – read on how to do it yourself! Backpacking in the […]

Three Lakes Trail, Fahnestock State Park – Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander

Three Lakes Trail, Fahnestock State Park – Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander

One of the more popular hikes in Hudson Valley, NY is the Three Lakes Trail at Fahnestock State Park. Touted as one of the most scenic trails around, it’s one of the best ways to spend a weekend warrior trip. Before you go through, there are some things you need to know about hiking in the Hudson Valley, so read on to get yourself prepared. Why do it? For your spring NYC escape and the first hike of 2022? Maybe a weekend warrior looking for inspiration to explore new trails in New York State? If you’re interested in hiking in […]

Roundout Reservoir in Catskill Mountains – Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

Roundout Reservoir in the Catskill Mountains – Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander

It was a rainy/foggy and even snowy (up in the mountains) day and I had to shoot a property in Napanoch, NY. Before I got to Catskills, I had to drive over the Gunks (Shawangunk Ridge) near Ellenville, and that was pretty intense because the rain switched to a snowstorm and a thick fog, so I was hardly navigating through the winding mountain roads. Roundout Reservoir in the Catskill Mountains – Photo Story by Maxwell Alexander – Nature Photography – Canvas Photo Prints – Presented by DA Aromatherapy Natural Repellents After my photoshoot, I clicked on a different route (there […]

Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander: Why You Should Hike for Health

Hudson Valley Hiking Adventures with Maxwell Alexander: Why You Should Hike for Health

Hiking can be extremely beneficial to your health in many ways, from reducing your stress levels to improving your cardiovascular health to helping you manage your weight by burning off extra calories. As an avid hiker, explorer, and certified elite fitness trainer and bodybuilding coach, I’ve personally experienced how hiking can change your life, so I’m excited to tell you all about my favorite pastime and some of the great things it can do for you! And if you are looking to get peace of mind and a piece of my hiking adventures, check out the Hudson Valley Style Shop […]

Unplugged: How a Nature Getaway Can Improve Your Mental Health – Wellness 101 with Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Bodybuilding Coach, and Certified Sports Nutrition Coach Maxwell Alexander – Getaway House in Western Catskills

Unplugged: How a Nature Getaway Can Improve Your Mental Health

Modern life often means a lot of noise, traffic, and distractions, all of which can interfere with mental health and quality of life. If you’re looking to get away from it all, but don’t have the funds or time to go on an expensive vacation, you can still find solitude in nature. The benefits of unplugging—which include getting away from your phone, the Internet, and other gadgets—can help you achieve peace of mind and feel better about yourself. Here are five reasons to take an unplugged vacation in nature this summer. Unplugged: How a Nature Getaway Can Improve Your Mental […]

Exploring Outdoors in the Hudson Valley while Encouraging Activities To Stay Healthy by Maxwell Alexander, Certified Fitness Trainer and Bodybuilding Coach

Exploring Outdoors in the Hudson Valley while Encouraging Activities To Stay Healthy

Outdoor activities are the best ways of staying healthy and at the same time, it provides you with fun-filled entertainment. You can engage yourself in a variety of outdoor activities like hiking, fishing, cycling, horseback riding, white water rafting, kayaking, skiing, mountaineering, and rock climbing. Exploring Outdoors in the Hudson Valley while Encouraging Activities To Stay Healthy by Maxwell Alexander, Certified Fitness Trainer and Bodybuilding Coach A lot of people taking part in outdoor activities do so to stay healthy since it provides a very good way of exercising. Apart from the health point of view, people engage in outdoor […]

Hiking Mount Beacon in New York with Fitness and Bodybuilding Coach Maxwell Alexander

Hiking Mt. Beacon in Beacon, NY with Fitness Coach Maxwell Alexander

Spring is officially here and I opened the 2020 hiking season in the Hudson Valley with my favorite hike of all times – the Mount Beacon in Beacon, NY. Even though the leaves are not out yet, the weather was nice and sunny, almost 60 degrees outside, so it definitely felt like Spring. I know that ticks are out and about, hunting for unsuspecting hikers when the temperature is above 45 degrees, so I knew for sure that when it’s 60 degrees out, it’s time to carry the best natural tick repellent you can find. It was a bit unexpected to see […]