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Sep 30, 2013 - Sherry & Rick Shanks, Catsill, NY

As we headed toward North Dakota to see our son Charlie and his wife Jess (and to drop off the 2 cats), we stopped to see some of our oldest friends Sherry & Rick Shanks in Catskill, NY. The let us sleep in their beautifully renovated Victorian house, with 3 floors, 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms! We then toured the neighborhood and saw a great overlook showing the Rip Van Winkle Bridge that spans the Hudson River!

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Sep 4, 2013 - Martin van buren and State Capitol

We took a tour of Martin van buren's home, he was the 8th president, served one term as the economy collapsed in 1837 and he took the blame. The sky is clear and blue, a beautiful day. We then drove to Albany to see the Empire State Plaza, took the elevator to the 42nd floor for a panoramic view of the Hudson river and the city. Then visited the excellent ny state museum and climbed the million dollar staircase in the State Capitol building. From the observation tower we were able to see the site of the original dutch settlement and the...

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Sep 3, 2013 - Hyde park

We visited FDR's home and presidential library -the first to be established. It was utilized by FDR when president and the king and queen of England and Winston Churchill all visited him here. The complex includes the home that was altered significantly and that was designed by FDR and built in 1800 and then altered in 1905. FDR's mother lived in the house the entire time and Eleanor had a simple bedroom there. She built Val-Kill cottage for her use on the premises. We did not have time to visit it. There is also Stone Cottage here that was...

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Sep 2, 2013 - Kingston

It is still overcast and rainy, today we went to camping world in Kingston and then took the tour of the first capital of NY, the senate met here in 1777, before being run out by the british and the town burned. The home of Abraham van Gaasbeck was used by the senate and it survived as it's built of stone and is set up as it was in 1777. The docent explained the significance of their display of colonial art, including works by John Vanderlyn who painted a portrait of Aaron Burr in the 1800'2. The site of the Dutch colonial wall/fence that...

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Sep 1, 2013 - Drive into Catskills and Woodstock

The clouds were supposed to clear today making it a good day for the mountains. It looked promising at first but as we drove up the mountain here was heavy rain in the middle of the mountain, was supposed to be a clear day. The skies cleared at the top, we stopped in Tannersville which is a colorful town that Mark Twain liked, we stopped at one of the shops but didn't see much else. Had we gone the opposite way we would have been in Hunter Mountrain ski resort with a scenic chairlift ride. This wasn't a good day for that. On the way we...

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Aug 31, 2013 - Old rhinebeck aerodrome

We are finding there are few straight ways anywhere here, it's mountainous and the roads twist and turn. We drove to Kingston to Rhinebeck and found the best way was not the turnpike but Hwy 32 that took us through farmland and small towns. The town of Rhinebeck is historic and we didn't see much of it as we took one of the few bridges across the Hudson and then wound up on back roads to the Aerodrome. It was REALLY worth it. Once you drive into the parking area there are two sides of the facility. Once we went through the entrance to the...

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Jul 21, 2012 - Catskill, NY - Brookside RV Campground

Our trip from Boston,MA to Catskill, NY was an easy 190 miles along mostly interstate highways that cost us 16.56 in tolls. It's always amazed me how the interstate highway system can now be made toll roads when that wasn't the original intent at all. The federal government and our taxes played a large part in their building but now some states have placed tolls on them, mostly in the North-Central and North-East of our country. We are staying at Brookside Campground which is about 9 miles outside of Catskill. We have a large 50 amp, full...

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