Fall 2012 Northeast Adventure travel blog

Perrine's Bridge

Perrine's Bridge

Perrine's Bridge

CIA Chapel Dining Hall

CIA-Students preparing our lunch

Apple Pie Cafe`

CIA

West Point Chapel

West Point Chapel

West Point Chapel

West Point

Hudson River at West Point

Battle Monument


Rain is still in the forecast. It continued to be cloudy and misty but the temp was in the low 70’s (shorts weather). It was a good day to just explore. Denise suggested an old covered bridge named the Perrine’s Bridge that is off the beaten path about 20 miles away. What a nice ride through the valley on the back roads. It was a great idea for a destination. The bridge is 154ft long, almost 20ft wide and built in 1844. It is an official historical site. I wonder if these where engineered or just someone built. It’s still remarkable.

It was getting close to lunch time; we decided to have lunch at the CIA (Culinary Institute of America) in Hyde Park. The CIA is recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. There are several public restaurants on campus that we could choose from. We chose the Apple Pie Bakery Café. The food was excellent. The old chapel was turned into a dining room. That was a nice venue. Of course that is where the students ate.

We made a day of it by driving down to West Point and touring the Academy. We took the one hour guided tour by bus through the campus. That is the best way to get a quick understanding of the history, tradition and famous Alumni. They only enroll proven leaders (academic top 5% and must demonstrated leadership in school or sports) Student population is around 4400. From day one, they are brain washed to hate the NAVY.

I personally enjoyed the Battle Monument. It was dedicated in 1897 "in memory of the officers and men of the American Army who fell in battle," specifically the Regular Army casualties during the Civil War. There were not many Regular Army during the civil war, most were militias. The Regular Army were mostly graduates of West Point and on both north and south fighting each other. Canons were buried around the monument with nose in ground to symbolize that we will never fight each other again. It was moving!



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