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Trip Start Sep 12, 2011
Trip End Nov 21, 2011

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

From Bath, Maine we drive back through New Hampshire, then Massachusets, Rhode Island, and Connecticut to Florida-----not the state...................a little town in Southern New York that we see in a camping guide; it offers full hook-up camping (which we are finding at this time of the year in this part of the US is far and few between).  This particular campground is about an hour out of the city and advertises a bus tour directly in from the grounds.  Sounds promising 'cuz we don't want to try to drive in the city with our little "Tammy Toyota". Our first thought is to stay a couple of nights and hit the road.  When we check in, it looks like there is so much to do that we opt to stay for a week.  (Their deal is pay for 6 nights @ $50.00 a night and get one free). 

So many things close by to do and so little time to do them!!  Right up the road from where we are staying we find the Orange County Choppers headquarters; famous from their TV show--we popped in for a visit and found that they have this incredible show room with reproductions of lots of the cool bikes that I have seen on TV, tons of merchandise and you can view their shop/production facilities.  Sometimes they are actually filming the show in this location, but guess all they guys are out at lunch when we get there because we did not see any of the Tuetle boys!! 

It was more fun there than Ike thought it would be; he was thinking I was nuts because I wanted to go there.  

From there we crossed the Hudson River and went north just a short ways to Hyde Park, the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt.  His home sits on a tiny parcel of 1500 acres that is now a national park. 

The grounds are beautiful and we visited the home he was not only born in but lived his entire life in, and he is now buried in the rose garden on the grounds. 

I did not know that he and his wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, had separate houses on the same grounds.  Several of the family members all lived at the "compound" but everyone had a separate house.  Sounds like a good arrangement to me!!

Leaving Hyde Park (in a pouring rain storm that makes Seattle rain just look like mist) we drove south along the river to the little town of Sleepy Hollow, New York.  This is the town of Washington Irving's famed "Headless Horseman" tale and Rip Van Winkle. 

There is so much history there!!  and what a time to be there.....nearing Halloween!!  The town is celebrating what appears to be a special time for them.  We went there because I read in a pamphlet somewhere that guided lantern tours of the cemetery dating back to 1600 are offered every night, including a visit to Washington Irving's grave and others relative to the period.

  Just so happens that during the time we are there we can visit the Philipsburg Manor, which is an actual working farm dating back to the 1700's and an example of slavery being present in the North; for the Halloween season it has been transformed into "Horseman's Hollow"--a village-sized haunted house!! 

We decide to take part in the festivities and follow the lamp-lighted path into the "haunting." 

Needless to say, it was "spooktacular" and I got the crap scared out of me!!!

The next day we opted for a more sane approach to the local history and visited West Point.   

That was very impressive. 

After leaving there, we went back to the waterfront and took an old fashioned paddle wheel river boat tour along the Hudson River.      

It was very fun and informative about the history of the region, except the remainder of yesterday's storm was still present and it was very, very windy and cool!

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