new york - lakota wolf preserve & brook hollow winery

Located in Columbia, NJ the wolf preserve provides a sanctuary to a species that is treated quite unfairly in this country of ours. It was hard to see these beautiful animals caged up & upon arriving here I struggled with this predicament. I wish they could roam free in their natural habitats & be the creatures they were born to be, but the sad reality is that in many cases their natural habitats have become unsafe for them to thrive. Lakota provides a home for these creatures where, although not ideal, they remain protected, & I admire the owners for taking on such a task. The preserve offers tours where you are shown each species & educated about them...which was one of the coolest parts for me because I learned a lot. I take action to protect the wolves whenever I get an email to do so, you can do the same here through the Defenders of Wildlife
* I take action on a wide range of causes that I find important, it never takes too long & it is important for our voices to be heard, I encourage you to take action on what you are passionate as well.*




We stopped here after the Wolf Preserve because the two are so close to one another, & we were all fans of wine tasting :) Also the winery teams up with the wolf preserve. One of their wines, the Sequoia/Sofia white table wine (named after two of the wolves), is one of two benefit wines they offer...25% of the proceeds from each bottle sold is donated to the wolf preserve , which is awesome. 
The tasting at Brook Hollow is also one one of the best deals I've ever got at a tasting. For $5 you get to sample about 12 wines, you get to keep the wine glass you sampled in, & anytime you return with the glass you get a free tasting! The wines were delicious too, my favorite was the Cayuga White which I got a bottle of to go. Brook hollow also has tables inside & they sell cheese & crackers so before we left we had impromptu appetizers & split a bottle of wine.

*The following two pictures are not my own, they are from the Brook Hollow Winery Website*

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After we left the winery we set off on our weekend journey along the Appalachian Trail, post to follow.

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