Onteora, The Mountain House
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My flight to New Zealand is in 4 days and I think I have everything ready to go. It is hard to say though because I have never planned for a trip quite like this.
The main supplies I will be bringing are:
- 65 Liter Backpack
- 2 person tent
- Cooking stove and utilities,
- Wet suit, snorkel, and ...
... was in order. Big day. Woke to a fine but cooler morning. Sightseeing on the agenda today. Our first stop was FDR's house at Hyde Park. We saw a short film & then took a tour of the house. Really interesting & now have to go home & read up on him. Sounds like an American Gough Whitlam & the whole Polio/never being seen in a wheelchair thing is so unbelievable. The estate is right on the Hudson River & the wind today was freezing. Back ...
... which were all closed up this time but were being used when I did this same trip in the summer of 2012. We also had free wi fi once we crossed into the US which is always great & the train had a viewing carriage which we each visited for a while. If you ever visit this area & you have time, the train is terrific. We arrived in Albany at 5.30pm & because we'd been sitting in a train for 11 hours, we decided to walk from the station to the hotel. A distance of 1.1 miles and ...
... had a little bit of fear, but nothing debilitating. The only crummy part was that as I was climbing up the first pitch, the rain began to fall. I got to Ben and we made the decision to rappel down and get off the rock. This meant that we had to set up a bail station with our gear and we ended up leaving two wall nuts, a long sling (A loop of webbing) and two carabiners. We were sad to be leaving expensive gear on the wall, but we both understood the importance of ...
... couldn't tell which room was Eleanor's and which was that of the manservant by the time I walked up and down the corridor fighting my way to the doorways to take photos. Now I can only identify two of the rooms (I hope).
There were other parts of the FDR historical site to visit, like Val-Kill, Eleanor's retreat cottage, but we ran out of time so headed off for our hotel with the possibility of walking on the bridge over the Hudson if we had time.