It's finally warm enough outside that a walk in the neighborhood is appealing and not intolerable.  If you've been following my blog for a while, you have to know my best friend, Katie.  For Memorial Day, my parents and I had my aunt, her boyfriend, and my grandmother over for a small barbeque.  But after, I went to Katie's house, originally to have some tea and try the scones she had made that week.  We ended up taking a walk around her part of the neighborhood, and luckily, I had my camera because the sun was setting quite nicely (although regrettably, I never got a sunset shot). a29c249cb8855dd1-edited katie_climbingOver katie_feet emily_looking road_2 canal_2

Oakdale has a lot of canals and streams, and even more so underground (my house doesn't have a basement because of this). But most of the part of town where we live was once William K. Vanderbilt's estate, grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, as in the crazy rich railroad guy. Their mansion now serves as focal point of the Dowling College Oakdale campus. You can see one of the other buildings peeking out from behind the trees.

katie_antler1 While on our walk, Katie found this old branch, which she promptly posed with as an antler.

It had been a while since I took pictures just for fun. But also, it was nice to be able to spend some time outside and explore the neighborhood a little. Oakdale is small and quiet. We don't have a quaint village like Sayville on our right, nor do we have a bustling business district like East Islip on the left. But it's small and peaceful, and that's exactly what I love about it.