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Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park

9/6/2012 Day trip to Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park. Checked out the exhibits inside the mansion, then walked along the Connetquot River and around the gardens.

The mansion outside ...
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... and inside
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The gardens ...
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... and a close-up
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Another mansion view
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By the River - me ...
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... and Mom
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Bear Mountain State Park

9/1965 ... Bear Mountain State Park ...


Bethpage State Park

10/17/2002 Nassau-Suffolk Trail.


Caleb Smith State Park

4/21/1998 Greenbelt Trail.


Caumsett State Park

8/7/1991 Picnic at Caumsett State Park, then to Mom and Dad’s to celebrate Maureen’s birthday.

Enjoying our picnic
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See the birds?
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Chittenango Falls State Park

7/15/1998 ... then up to Chittenango Falls State Park for a look at the beautiful falls and a walk on the trails.

4/27/1999 About 5, drove to Cazenovia and up to Chittenango Falls State Park for a walk around.

8/6/1999 Drove over to Chittenango Falls State Park for a walk (a little rain, but nice).

The upper falls ...
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... and lower
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Maureen enjoying the stream
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The bridge over the stream
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Cold Spring Harbor State Park

4/5/2001 Nassau-Suffolk Trail.


Connetquot River State Park

4/29/1998 Greenbelt Trail.


Fillmore Glen State Park

4/10/2008 Stopped at the Millard Fillmore birthplace (a sign and a plaque near a field) then a bit further to near Moravia and Fillmore Glen State Park to see a replica cabin where he was born in.

The park sign
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Me by the cabin
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Another view
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Fort Niagara State Park

7/1966 Went to Old Fort Niagara (Fort Niagara State Park) [Colonial Niagara Historic District].

A view across the fort
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Lots of defense
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Cannon detail
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Father Millet Cross Memorial
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Inspection ...
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... and parading
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Four Mile Creek State Park

7/1966 Camping with tent and screen house at Four Mile Creek State Park campsite on Lake Ontario.

A view of the lake
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Our campsite
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A closer view
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Ken and me
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Gilbert Lake State Park

8/1966 Camping at Gilbert Lake State Park, NY - tent and screen house.

Our campsite
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Ken by the tent ...
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... and me
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The lake swimming area
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By the lake with Mom ...
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... Dad, ...
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... and Ken and me
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Glimmerglass State Park

9/30/2013 Got off and headed south on country roads to Glimmerglass State Park to see Hyde Hall NHL - the large neoclassical country mansion of George Clarke, 1768–1835, heir of Governor George Clarke. I walked around and took photos, including beautiful views of Otsego Lake from the bluff where the house is.

Hyde Hall and sign ...
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... and front of Hyde Hall
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A view of the Lake
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Me on the entrance lane ...
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... and in front of Hyde Hall
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Another view of the Lake
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Harriman State Park

9/1965 Lake Welch camping in Harriman State Park.

Lake Welch ...
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... and nearby mountain
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Family and friends
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Checking out a huge boulder
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On the dam
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This looks dicey!
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Our campsite
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5/1966 Camping at Lake Welch [Harriman State Park].

Me by the tent
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Dad chilling
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Adding Ken and Mom
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The screenhouse
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Ken poking at the fire
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9/1967 Lake Welch camping [Harriman State Park].

Ken examining some bit of nature
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Me and Ken making like Indians
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6/29/1997 Day hike in Harriman State Park. Took a loop path that included the Long Path, yellow-blazed Dunning trail and white-with-red-rectangle Arden Surebridge trails. Had a backpacked lunch on the trail. At one point had a nice view down on a lake.

Distant view of a lake
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Maureen on the Arden Surebridge Trail
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The Long Path blaze
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Picnic lunch
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Me on the Dunning Trail
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Reflections
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Pretty flower
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More flowers
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Heckscher State Park

6/12/1993 Picnic in Heckscher State Park, visited Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Me and Maureen pickicking
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6/23/1998 Greenbelt Trail.


Hither Hills State Park

7/1965 camping at Hither Hills State Park, using equipment borrowed from the Fraunhofers.

Our campsite
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Aunt Anne and Mary visiting
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Mom ...
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... in the kitchen
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Jacque Cartier State Park

7/1969 Met the Scheims at Jacque Cartier State Park for camping and fishing in the lake.

Mom and Ken at the trailer
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Dad in the screenhouse
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Nice area for water fun
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Ken fishing
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Success!
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Pretty sundown
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John Burroughs Memorial State Historic Site

12/2/2010 Continued south from there near Roxbury and the Woodchuck Lodge NHL. Off in the woods on the side of the road there was the summer home of naturalist John Burroughs. We were the only ones there, and the lodge was closed, but we could look in some windows (Ken found a shutter that wasn’t secured). The cabin is nicely rustic with lots of tree-based decoration. Up the road just a little we found the John Burroughs Memorial SHS, where we took a short trail up a hill to a JB memorial marker and his grave with really nice views of the mountains and valley.

Ken in front of the Lodge
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Lodge sign
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Some outside detail ...
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... and inside
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The park sign
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Looking out at the Catskills
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Ken and me near the grave
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John Jay Homestead State Historic Site

7/25/2015 The last stop of the day was back in Katonah at the John Jay Homestead NHL/State Historic Site, one of the sites in the Hudson River Valley National Historic Area. Also known as Bedford House, it was the home of the statesman and first Chief Justice of the U.S. There were tours offered, but we preferred to just walk around the outside of the house and gardens. We also saw a brief but informative film in the visitor center.

The park sign
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Looking up at the house
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Some site info
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The Homestead house
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Johnson Hall State Historic Site

3/19/2012 On the road before 5 in an SUV picked up yesterday. Usual drive up the Thruway. Off at Fultonville to go to Johnstown and Johnson Hall State Historic Site and NHL. This is the ca 1763 Georgian-style home (with defensive block houses) of Irish pioneer Sir William Johnson who moved from Fort Johnson.

The park sign
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A sign for the Hall ...
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... and the Hall itself
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Front detail
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A shot of me
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Jones Beach State Park

7/19/1995 Picnic on the beach at Jones Beach State Park.

Boardwalk flags ...
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... and what they say
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Beach and cool clouds
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Knox Headquarters State Historic Site

8/11/2011 Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area


Lake Taghkanic State Park

9/1966 Camping at Lake Taghkanic State Park.

Our campsite
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The tent ...
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... and screenhouse
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Me and Ken in our sweatshirts
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Same for Mom and Dad
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The lake pavilion
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Dad and Mom by ...
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... the lake
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Another lake view
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Two statues
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(really Ken and me)
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6/1967 Camping at Lake Taghkanic State Park.

Our campsite
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The lake
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Me, Mom, Ken, ...
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... and Dad
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Letchworth State Park

7/19/1997 Drove out of town on 400 to 20A to Letchworth State Park. Down through the park stopping at scenic views of the gorge, ending up at the main falls area where we took a short hike to the upper and middle falls. Very pretty and rather impressive considering not all that much water in the river.

Mount Morris Dam
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A look at the gorge
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Portage Viaduct
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Middle Falls ...
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... and me
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View from the top of the falls
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Montauk Point State Park

9/3/1989 Day trip to Montauk Point State Park. Visited the museum in the lighthouse.

The lighthouse from afar ...
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... and up close
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Maureen in the museum
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Lighthouse stuff
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Fresnel lens
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11/28/1997 Out to the point for a walk on the beach in Montauk Point State Park, ...

The lighthouse
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Family photo
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Kim, Terry and Maurren on the beach
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8/16/2012 ... we headed east some more to Montauk Point State Park and the Montauk Lighthouse NHL. The lighthouse was the first to be built in New York, and is currently the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the US, authorized under President Washington in 1792. Although I’ve been here before, the lighthouse was just made an NHL this year, so this was the official trip. First we enjoyed a really nice picnic lunch at a table under a tree in the refreshing breeze off the water. We then walked over to the lighthouse, where I went up to the top of the light while Mom enjoyed the little museum and sitting in the sun overlooking the ocean.

Me and Mom picnicking
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The lighthouse
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Yes, I am tall enough
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A really nice panorama west from the lighthouse
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The Sound and its fishes
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Me and the lighthouse
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Nissequogue River State Park

2002-2015 For 14 years, our sailboat - Daddy's Dream - was moored in the Nissequogue. We launched and recovered the boat using the docks at the marina in Nissequogue River State Park. Boating.


Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park

12/16/2010 A very short distance brought us into downtown Irvington where we parked along the Old Croton Aqueduct NHL path to see a ventilator for this mid-1800s water tunnel into NYC. The aqueduct is underneath the nice greenway that stretches for many miles. A short ways more allowed us to drive under the aqueduct through a little tunnel ... A little more brought us to the Keeper’s (Overseer’s) House in Dobbs Ferry in the Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park where we saw some technical signage about the aqueduct.

Ken and me by ...
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... a ventilator
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The park sign ...
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... and Ken
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The Keeper's House
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Old Erie Canal State Park

4/26/1999 ... followed by a nice 1.8 mile hike by the Old Erie Canal [State Park] in beautiful weather.

4/28/1999 ... followed by a walk along more of the Old Erie Canal [State Park] (36 miles long total).


Orient Beach State Park

7/4/1991 LI east end trip – visited Pindar Winery, Orient Beach State Park, and Greenport (180 miles).

Maureen on the beach
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Lazy photographer
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9/30/2000 From there drove to Orient Beach State Park where we flew one of Dad’s kites which turned into a hang glider.

Dad and Ken preparing
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A view of the beach
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Kite/glider in action
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Robert Moses State Park (1000 Islands)

7/1969 Camping at Robert Moses State Park.

Ken at the trailer
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The screenhouse
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Dad chilling
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Bathrooms and showers
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Robert Treman State Park

7/1965 First tent site at Robert Treman State Park for 3 days.

5/1978 Camping at Robert Treman State Park.


Rockefeller State Park Preserve

6/5/1999 Up early, hit the road with bagels in the car. Headed up to Sleepy Hollow. Arrived at a little after 8 – place we were going didn’t open until 9! Picked up Dunkin coffee, took it to Rockefeller State Park Preserve for a very pleasant walk around the lake.


Sampson State Park

7/1965 Camped at Sampson State Park for 4 days.

Out campsite
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Me, Ken and Dad
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Another site view
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Mom and her boys
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Dad relaxing
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Heading down to ...
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... the lake
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Saratoga Spa State Park

7/25/2012 First stop, Saratoga Spa State Park (NHL). The carbonated water which vents in springs and geysers in this area is rich in minerals and salts, leading to the development of bath houses, research facilities and a drink hall, as well as performing arts facilities. I parked at the large and very attractive Saratoga Performing Arts Complex and walked around on a beautiful day. Photographed the Hall of Springs, which was built in 1933 for patrons to enjoy drinking the spring waters.

The SPAC
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The Hall of Springs
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A closer look
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Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site

11/29/2010 Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor


Sunken Meadow State Park

3/27/1998 Greenbelt Trail.


Walkway Over the Hudson State Park

7/2/2016 Parked at the west end of the Walkway Over the Hudson SHP. Strolled east over the old railway bridge, now the longest footbridge in the world. Enjoyed the great weather and views up and down the river. Went all the way to the elevator at the west end and took that down for some photos of the bridge from ground level near the river in Poughkeepsie.

The park sign
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A look from the west side
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Looking upstream ...
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... and downstream
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A nice panorama downstream
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Mom on the east side ...
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... and me
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Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site

8/11/2011 Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area


Watkins Glen State Park

7/1965 Visited Watkins Glen State Park and went swimming in the pool.

Dad taking a break
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One of the bridges
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A look at the gorge and walkway
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5/1978 Walked around Watkins Glen State Park gorge/chasm and waterfall.

One of many cascades
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Ken and me on a bridge
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Looking down the gorge
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Ken and me
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From the gorge to the mountains
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Mom and Dad
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Mom and Dad heading up
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Drips on stone
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6/6/1999 From there up to Watkins Glen SP. Had a quick lunch at the snack stand, then took an enjoyable walk through the gorge. Weather getting warm and sticky. Returned on the path above the Gorge, part of the North Country National Scenic Trail.

The park sign
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One waterfall ...
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... and another
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Maureen above the waterfall
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A look down the gorge
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Me on a bridge
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Maureen checking out the stream
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