New York – Coxsackie – The Clearwater (sloop)

While in Coxsackie, New York, I saw the Clearwater on the waterfront.  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_River_Sloop_Clearwater)

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I was able to board this beautiful sloop.

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Utah – mid-state (near 108 mile marker – Interstate 84)

As I traveled along Interstate 84 in Utah, I was struck by the beautiful landscape.

Somewhere near mile marker 111, I drove into a gorgeous canyon (created so the road could pass).  It was a surreal experience.  Loved it!  I attempted to take photographs of the canyon, but it hardly does any justice.

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Several  miles down the road (around mile marker 108), I pulled off the road and took some pictures of a beautiful stream.

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Nebraska – Ashland (Eugene T. Mahoney State Park)

Last night, just before sunset, my new friends and I went to the Eugene T. Mahoney State Park  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_T._Mahoney_State_Park).

We  headed up a very tall observation tower (Walter Scott Jr. Observation Tower) to watch the sunset.

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The tower sat on a bluff that overlooked the Lower Platte River.  Since Nebraska is pretty flat, one can see far from the top of the tower.

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I started running up and got to teh third floor.  Suddenly, I realized that the structure had hollow circles on the floor and it rocked (from the others on the tower and from the wind).

My fear of heights kicked in.

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I do not mean a casual fear, but a death grip on the guardrail-type fear.  I was able to move a little, but not much….

My friends came back down to check on me.  A sweet teenager (from our group) took my hand and (by also grabbing the guardrail) I walked to the top.  I was still frightened up there, so he stayed with me and held my hand while I walked around and took pictures.   (The young man seemed like an angel to me.  I knew I would be safe with him.  FYI – He is a 17 year old exchange student from Japan.)

Here are some of the pictures…

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Minnesota – Northfield

South of Minneapolis-St. Paul is the small town of Northfield.      (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northfield,_Minnesota)

I stayed on organic dairy farmland a few miles away from the city.

Near the house….

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At the diary farm (after a big rain)….

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Northfield was nice and inviting.

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a sculpture in the city…

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Inspiration imprinted into the sidewalk….

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New York – Ulster County (Esopus Meadows Preserve)

I traveled to the Esopus Meadows Preserve.  (http://www.scenichudson.org/parks/esopusmeadows)

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New York – Walkway Over the Hudson

The Walkway Over the Hudson opened in 2009.  It spans the Hudson River. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poughkeepsie_Bridge & http://www.scenichudson.org/parks/walkway)

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I walked a small part of it.  Here  are some pictures of my walk….

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The Mid-Hudson Bridge to the south….

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New York – Bear Mountain

Just across the Hudson River from my hometown (Peekskill, NY) is Bear Mountain State Park.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_Mountain_State_Park)

I grew up enjoying the natural beauty of the area and took it for granted.  Now that I return, I appreciate its magnificence.

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In 2012, I came back to the Peekskill/Cortlandt Manor area to direct and shoot footage for two documentary films.  (The films were released on the 2012 “Two Tales of a Town” DVD.  They are called “The Robeson Concert & Riots of 1949″ and “racial integration of the Waterbury Manor neighborhood.”  The films can be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/EileenNewmanProd .)

In addition to the two documentaries, a short photographic video was created that showcases the beauty of the general area, called “Our Beautiful Hudson River Valley.”  The music is by Hudson River Valley musician/composer, Alva Nelson.  (The video can be seen at http://youtu.be/vMXJ4oqMtAY .)

A friend accompanied me on the video shoot.  I showed her some of the great places at Bear Mountain.

Perkins Drive…  We drove the steep drive to the high lookout point, where we saw beautiful views of the Hudson River.  I have been told that on a very clear day, you can see New York City, approximately 59 miles to the south.

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The next two pictures were taken on side roads, on our way down Perkins Drive.   (It was late and the sun was setting, but this should give you an idea of the area.)

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A picture from the porch of the Bear Mountain Lodge.

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New York – Cold Spring

Up the Hudson River from Garrison, is the lovely village of Cold Spring.  (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_Spring,_New_York)

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The village has a vibrant, old style main street, lined with small shops and restaurants.

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The main street is on a slight hill.  At the bottom of the hill are railroad tracks.  A tunnel allows walkers to cross to the other side.

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My camera caught an interesting picture inside the tunnel.  I did nothing special, just shot using automatic with no flash.  Yet everything came alive in an orange glow.  In reality, the inside of the tunnel is the same color as the entry (above) and just as dark.

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On the other side of the tracks is a beautiful waterfront (along the east side of the Hudson River).

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New York state – Garrison

When I visit New York state, I like to stop by Garrison.   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrison,_New_York)

Garrison is located about eight miles north of Peekskill, NY, where I grew up.

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I was first introduced to this area around 1968, when my family went to see the movie set of “Hello Dolly.” (Garrison was where the Yonkers scenes were shot.)   (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hello,_Dolly!_%28film%29)

This gazebo was constructed for the movie.

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This is the street that people traveled to get to Vandergelder’s Store.

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Through the trees, you can see the building used for Vandergelder’s Hay and Feed Store.

GarrisonNY (5)As a young adult, I spent much time in Garrison, as part of the local, community theater group (Hand To Mouth Players).    We produced shows in the Depot Theater (the old train station).  I directed my first play there.  (The building is now called “The Phillipstown Depot Theater” and houses another theater group.)

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The tracks outside the building are still used for train travel, as part of Metro North.  (Southbound trains head to Grand Central Station in NY City).

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During our shows, trains would pass by or stop to pick up passengers.  Our actors would immediately freeze (since the trains were very noisy and no one could hear them on stage).  As soon as the train passed, they would continue as if nothing happened.  (I saw a play where an actor paused mid-sentence, remained perfectly still, and picked up as if no time had passed.  The audience when wild with applause.)

The building was also used in “Hello Dolly.”  It was the Yonkers train station.

Garrison is located about 50 miles north of New York City.  It’s on the east side of the Hudson River.

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Across the Hudson River is West Point Military Academy.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Military_Academy)

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