Trip Start Nov 25, 2013
Trip End Jul 05, 2014

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

It was beautiful and sunny today, not too cold, so we took a train up the Hudson Valley to Poughkeepsie, away from the crushing crowds of NYC. It is about 90 minutes away, at the end of the commuter line.The Hudson is a beautiful river, very wide, with steep rocky banks in places. 

Poughkeepsie is a pretty town with many beautiful buildings. It is struggling a bit since IBM has closed a lot of its local operations. It used to have a lot of rich residents, including the Vasser brothers, FRD, and Frederick Vanderbilt had a country residence here. When he was president, Roosevelt used to dream of his home  here - "All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River."

Another famous former resident is our good friend Gary Gynn, who attended uni here. Gary is Seamus's godfather.

Our main reason for coming here was the Walkway over the Hudson, a disused railway bridge, which now claims to be the world's highest elevated pedestrian bridge, 212' high, and a mile and a quarter long. (America hasn't gone metric.) It was a fantastic walk, not too many people and quite warm. Amazing views of course. 

At the end, we walked another half mile downstream to the FDR Bridge and walked back across it to Poughkeepsie. There were no other pedestrians on this busy traffic bridge. We drove over it in 2010, little knowing we'd be back. 

We saw a nice lot of birds throughout the day - bald eagles, common merganser, lots of Canada Geese, a northern shrike and a beautiful peregrine falcon.
Caught the train back to Grand Central station to see its beautiful concourse. It is the busiest train station in the country, and we didn't get lost. 

Took the subway back to Harlem. Lots of people out and about, but all very friendly.
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By contrast: we are preparing to go fishing. Rosalind has made us a picnic. We plan to catch many big fish. Stay tuned.

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