In October, Nikon and Subaru teamed up to create a Hudson Valley adventure for a lucky group of journalists that included me.
Just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan, the Hudson Valley is a getaway destination offering spectacular mountain views, scenic trails, historic estates, outdoor activities, and more.
A glance at the trip’s itinerary thrilled and terrified me at the same time. The kayaking and mountain-biking excursions sounded good, even though I’m not very experienced in either sport. Easy peasy.
But rock climbing … seriously?
I’m afraid of heights. Really, really afraid. Just the thought of all that open air below me causes rational thought to cease and visceral panic to set in. Always the optimist, though, I convinced myself that this experience would teach me to be less fearful. I would give it my all.
I was introduced to Mark and Geoff, my driving partners. We took turns commandeering a brand-new 2014 Subaru Forester 2.0XT turbo on the beautiful drive through upstate New York. The Forester climbed the steepest inclines, wound effortlessly through curving roads, and handled like a dream. The views were spectacular.
A brief stop at State Line Lookout offered a great opportunity to try out the new Nikon 1™ AW1 camera the folks at Nikon let me to use for the trip. It’s touted as the world’s first digital camera with interchangeable lenses that’s waterproof to 15 meters and shockproof from a height of up to two meters. Tech talk aside, I loved its user-friendliness, compact size, and lightning-fast continuous shooting.