An Upstate New York State of Mind

What a fun day we had yesterday – the drive up the Taconic was perfect and seeing backroads, hamlets, mountains, and views, some new to me… well, doesn’t get much better than that. Bright sunshine. Pretty warm too.

Herewith our day, in photos….

Along the Taconic Parkway, new rest stops with foods from that particular region of New York – farm to table, so to speak. 
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So many ways to spell Taconic….
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Get your apples and pumpkins here…
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And here….
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Hang a right onto Route 23
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Over the Rip vanWinkle Bridge (one way, southbound, $1.25 toll)
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Take a left…
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Up and up and up and up…
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Then almost there. Huntin’ season opened yesterday so gun shots were echoing from near and far. Lots of people prefer you not to hunt but obviously plenty others are fine with it.
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Then home sweet home, one day. For now, raw land, getting cut for placement of cabin and dealing with wet red clay driveway.
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180 degree views once some of the trees are topped…cabin will be sighted at crest of the land. I can see it now. A front porch. A rifle. A fireplace. The little woman. Life is good. 
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Going down was equally beautiful…
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Barns barns barns – many falling in on themselves tho…
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Number One son, dressed in local garb –
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Durham and East Durham must have drawn very wealthy residents in its heyday – many very large and beautiful homes, now, for the most part, in disrepair. East Durham is Little Ireland, every bar and restaurant and store is named O’something, and a large Irish Cultural Center too. I Googled the town and found no history that could help me find out why this hamlet was so heavily Irish, other than perhaps farming?
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Huge GlaxoSmithKline manufacturing plant. Must be a large regional employer.
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The Hudson, heading back over the Rip vanWinkle Bridge…
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Sunset off the Taconic…
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6 thoughts on “An Upstate New York State of Mind

  1. Stepping back to childhood memories of driving to a summer vacation destination. (Without the stops for backseat car sickness)
    Nice way to start cold Sunday morning.

    1. Too bad the Germans and Irish didn’t dig in stakes and practice their beer brewing and whiskey mashing native talents. Looks like a perfect land for farming these commercial ventures. Then everyone would be visiting in the summer, not to mention Octoberfest and St Patrick’s Day.

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