Thousands flock to Walkway Over the Hudson

Musician Pete Seeger was on hand to start the opening of the Walkway over the Hudson.  Formerly a railroad bridge, the Hudson Walkway is now a spectacular way to take a brisk walk over the Hudson River.

Stretching from the Town of Lloyd in Ulster County to the City of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County, the walkway is 1.25 miles long and 212 feet high. It took $38.8 million of public and private money to refurbish the bridge, which was damaged by fire some 35 years ago. The Walkway is New York’s 179th state park.

I have spent considerable time in Waryas Park, looking up at the bridge, hoping that, one day, it would be converted into a walkway for everyone to enjoy.  The 111-year old, former railroad bridge is now the longest pedestrian walkway in the world.

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Pete Seeger

Mastodon pond to be recognized as historic site

The mastodon pond in Montgomery was recognized as an historic site on June 17.  It is important because the pond is the location of the world’s first complete prehistoric mastodon bones were found.

The site covers two acres, including the pond, which was left behind from the 1801 excavation of the mastodon skeleton.  Noted artist and scientist Charles Willson Peale discovered the skeleton.

You can read the entire list put out by the The New York State Board for Historic Preservation here.


Beautiful Waterfalls in New York

For most of you, when you think of New York, you think of New York City.  In particular, you think of Manhattan.  Nearly everyone I come across is amazed that there is something outside of Manhattan.  If you’re a native New Yorker, you know of the rest of the state because you grew up “upstate” even if it was only an hour outside of the city.  So, for those of you who don’t know, there are some very beautiful waterfalls in the state.  Here’s Lucifer Falls.