Friday, June 29, 2007

Rondout Creek

In Kingston NY we turn west off the Hudson and go 4 miles up Rondout Creek to anchor for the night.

After we poke our keel into some soft mud, we back off, and proceed to a different spot, and find this place just before the bridge.

Notice the peaceful waterfall just past the bridge.

Light house in the Hudson

This interesting light house seems to be in the middle of the Hudson.
It warns the mariner about the dangerous shoal that lays behind it.

From the river

A view of the main building from the river.

Many resaurants

One of 5 or 6 restaurants on the grounds.

All serve different cuisine, prepared, and served by the students.


It is situated on the Eastern bank of the Hudson on immaculately manicured grounds.

The "CIA"!!!

An other place of interest we stopped, is the CIA

No it is not the "Central Intelligent Agency" of the USA, but rather the Culinary Institute of America. Any well known chef is bound to have spent some time in either this institute, or the one other CIA located in California.

West Point

Amongst the impressive, and well known places along the Hudson is West Point Military Academy.
Many well known names graduated from West point, such as Lee, Grant, Eisenhower, and a more resent heard of name General Schwartzkopf.

More Hudson river

The Hudson is a wide river (close to 1 mile wide) all the way up to Troy, where we turn west and take the Erie Canal. In Manhattan it is on average 50 ft deep. Further up the river you can see the depth gage go over 1oo ft. It is effected by the tides all the way up to Troy.

(The weather is less humid today after we had some thunderstorms come through last night.)

The rugged Hudson river valley

The Hudson River is a deep river, running through rugged mountains.
From New York north you first pass through the Eastern part of the Ramapo mountains. After that you come through the Catskill mountains, and finally the Adirondack mountains.

(This day is Hot, Humid, and Hazy.)

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Food Food, and more Food

And we had to sample some of the New York CUISINE!!!!!

Statue of Liberty

Of course we had to go back in to New York with the kids and do the statue of Liberty tour on Le reve.

Statue of the Headless Horesman and Ichabod

This is the statue of Ichabod, and the Headless Horseman. It is situated just beside the Church in Sleepy Hollow., just north of Tarrytown.

The statue depicts the Headless horseman (Bram the town bully) chasing Ichabod with pumpkin in hand ready to throw at Ichabod.

Tarrytown Old Reformed Church

This is the Tarrytown reformed Church. A historic landmark being it is one of the oldest churches in the area.
As I mentioned before, it is quite amazing to see all the Dutch heritage in this area from way back.
The cemetery behind the church has lots of history, including the story about Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. The characters in the legend are buried in this cemetery.

We actually met a historian (tour guide) who told us all about the history from this area . His name is William Lent. He is from Dutch decent from way back. (Makes me wonder if this is any connection to van Lenthe from way back)

This Church was actually used on a greeting card by Currier & Ives.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Still in New York

As of this writing we are still in New York. Or I should say Tarrytown which is a 2 hr boat ride north of New York.
We will meet Val and Bart, and Christie and Andy at noon today. (June 23)
We will take them south (into New York) by boat, and do some more New York sight seeing, before leaving to go further up the Hudson river.

From the little that we have moved back and forward on the Hudson (From New York to Haverstraw) it is clear to see that the Hudson will be an interesting (and big river) to explore. Not only it's scenic beauty, but also the history is very interesting. There is no doubt who the first settlers of this area were. If not by the architecture, than by names you see all over, like Beekman street, Harlem, Wall street, Tappan zee, and Rockefeller's estate, called Kykuit just to name a few.

Henry Hudson ( who the river is named after ) obviously was not of Dutch descend, but was hired by the Dutch East Indies company, and thus claimed the territory for the Dutch in 1613.

In the mid 1600 Peter Stuyvesant was send to the area to govern, and control a settlement that had clearly gotten rowdy and out of control.
In the sixteen sixties the British came to take over the territories.
If Peter Stuyvesant would have had his way the dutch would have had control of the area much longer than the 50 or so years they did. However he could not convince the people to take up arms against the British, and Mr Stuyvesant had no choice but to surrender. Perhaps it was the hard life, internal bickering, and fight for survival the first settlers were subjected to that caused them to feel the way they did about fighting the British. Who knows why, but it is said that the take over of New Amsterdam (as it was called then) by the British was one of the easiest of all. The British renamed the area New York (after the Duke of York) and the name stuck to this day.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Central park

Central park which is only 4 blocks from our mooring is an other place of "must see" when in New York.
The day we went they were having a performance in the very beautiful open air theater. A production of Romeo and Juliet was playing, and we where lucky enough to get tickets.

The picture shows only the central oval of the park with 6 baseball diamonds. This is only a small part of the overall park, totaling 60 city blocks long.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ground zero

The building on the right is only 1/3 the hight of what the twin towers were.
Witnessing the large empty area in the center of this big city makes you more aware of the devastation and destruction of 9/11

Ground zero

Construction is in full swing at the sight of the former twin tower world trade center.

The garment district

Just south of Time Square is the "garment district"

The statue of a man behind a sewing machine, and a large needle in a button behind him remind you of that fact.

Time Square

Only two blocks and we are on Broadway.
Yesterday we walked south on Broadway for several blocks (27 to be exact) and found ourself on Time Square.

Wanted to go further in to down town, and hopped on the subway.

79th street mooring field

Here we are anchored just off Riverside park on 79th street.

This location gives us good access to Manhattan and all the sites we want to explore.

Lady Liberty

Upon entering the New York area, our first anchorage was behind Liberty Island. You can not go to New York by boat without anchoring behind this well known land mark.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Atlantic City

We were anchored out just close enough to Donald Trump's casinos to enjoy the light show.
It certainly lights up the night sky.We went out for supper with some people we met here in the anchorage and all the lights made for a lovely ride home in the dingy.

Friday, June 8, 2007

Delaware Bay

We crossed the Delaware Bay on Wednesday June 6th. There was lots of commercial traffic.

Yesterday we came from Cape May N.J. to Atlantic City. A 36 nm Atlantic ocean crossing.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

On the move again

After spending more time than we anticipated in Annapolis we are on our way north. Not that Annapolis was not a nice place to visit, especially the Dock in Salt works creek at the Huggins, was a wonderful place to hang out. It was just like home away from home. However we need to continue north. So at 09.45 hr this morning (June 5th we untied from the dock and headed north. Made it all the way to Chesapeake City on the C & D canal. (Chesapeake/Delaware bay canal) As the name suggests it is a canal that joins the Delaware Bay to the Chesapeake. Lots of commercial traffic, and we met a couple of pretty large ocean going boats. Better get out of the way of those boy's. No pictures, as I don't have a strong internet signal.
In the next few days we hope to be in New York City.