Monday, November 23, 2015

Walkway Over the Hudson: Walking on Air

On the way back home I stopped in Pougkeepsie, NY for another long walk. This time, on a walkway over the Hudson River. The bridge is 1.3 miles across, so it's just about a three-mile walk round trip.

It's apparently the longest footbridge in the world. After doing that walk, I believe it!

I walked from Poughkeepsie to Highland NY and was cold to my bones. But there are food trucks on the Highland side, bless them! On the walk back I sipped hot spiced (and locally-sourced) apple cider, while standing on top of the Hudson River. I am so Upstate NY

the earth is exactly what it wanted (Boiceville, NY)

If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails
for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it
the thorn
that is heavier than lead--
if it's all you can do
to keep on trudging--
there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted
from "Morning Poem" by Mary Oliver

Sometimes you need to drive away from the place you spend your daily life. Just for a short trip.

Lake Chadwick, Newburgh NY:

Downtown Newburg:

Stroll through Washington's Headquarters:

Made it to Boiceville, NY by sunset.

Sunrise the next morning:

Did you ever have a day that was like, I JUST CLIMBED A MOUNTAIN BUT I DON'T HAVE ANY WAY TO TELL ANYONE?!
Maybe Thomas Merton did.

Here are some shots from the Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail:

View from the top.

Signed into this registry. It's the only mark I left behind,

No cell service for 48 hours. Wrote in a journal instead.

Warmed up at Bread Alone:

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Abandoned Beauty in Kings Park, Long Island

Day tripping to Long Island with friends is always a good time. Any good adventure starts with brunch. Relish did not disappoint!

We spent much of the afternoon wandering around Kings Park Psychiatric Center, a now-abandoned psychiatric hospital.

The images of the decay of the beautiful old buildings were haunting. And beautiful.

"We won't be forgotten"

Then it was time to warm up at a local winery. Clovis Point gave us everything we needed. (We needed a lot of cheese.)

A glowing endorsement: