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Long Days, But Not For Long

The summer solstice is upon us. Tuesday was the longest day of the year, the day on which the sun is farthest north in the sky. Sun-lovers can rejoice and make the most of it, but it also means that the days will be getting shorter now.

Here are some suggestions for taking advantage of the long days while they are still with us.

North Salem: Mountain Lakes Park

Westchester’s northernmost county park, with the highest peak in the area, has over a thousand acres of lakes and forests and miles of hiking trails. Named in honor of the late Dr. Sal Prezioso of Somers, a prominent Parks, Recreation and Conservation professional, the park is open every day. No county parking pass is required. Dogs must be leashed.

North Salem: Titicus Reservoir

The Titicus Reservoir, one of New York City’s 12 reservoirs in the Croton watershed, is approximately two miles long. A bike ride along Titicus Road (Route 116) provides gorgeous views and a good workout. The two-lane road curves a bit, but traffic is not heavy. If you try for the entire circumference of the reservoir, the distance is about eight miles.

Somers: Reis Park Boot Camp

Early risers can sign up with Carla Braca for one-hour women’s workout sessions at Reis Park. Though the exercises are geared to individual abilities, intensity does increase as the days go on. Early morning session are at 5:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. In July and August, a 6:45 a.m. class will also be held. Four-week sessions vary from $219 to $329, depending upon the number of days you sign up for. 914-960-4494

Somers: New York Bike Trailways

The extensive New York City Bike Maps now link to Westchester County. City folk are invited to take the train north, but locals can just hop on their bikes and be there. Many of the trails are car-free and paved. They run right through Somers, Granite Springs and Baldwin Place and up into Brewster. See the website for information and maps.

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