Saturday, September 26, 2009

White Sulphur Springs

Formerly called Robertsonville, this village was renamed ~ since White Sulphur Springs in West Virginia was a spa, it sounded good, and at the time many villages were being renamed to try and glam up the place and lure more tourists ( nearby Stevensville became Swan Lake. ) No one seems to know where the white springs are or if they ever had enough sulphur in them to qualify as a healing spa environment. But the area is beautiful and the mountains and valleys offer their own healing properties. The place to be in WSS is Green's Grocery Store, which is connected to the P.O. If you're a local and have a special food need, Green's will make sure to stock it just for you.

There are a couple of churches, a garage and a fire dept. building where special fund raising suppers are held.

It's a nice little community located on State Route # 52 between Loomis and Youngsville.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Duck Race Results

From almost the very start of the race, a pink duck was in the lead.

At the very last moment the pink duck slowed up and a yellow duck floated to the finish line.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Livingston Manor NY

This is one of the town parks.

Great bookstore on the main drag. There's also Morgan Outdoors ~ a good clothing and boot shop, a kitchenware store, and a couple of wine shops. Also a restaurant supply warehouse that I'll check out sometime in the future.

A peek inside the hardware store.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Hiking in Willowemoc

Monday's hike started here, on Flugertown Road in Willowemoc.

We walked through wild forest and saw many birds, no people at all and no telltale signs of people (pristine forest.)

You can walk for miles along the creek.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Shadt Memorial Footbridge

Located in Jeffersonville, the footbridge will become a rubber ducky race finish line this weekend.

The Duck Race begins on September 19, at 1pm.

Over a thousand rubber duckies will be racing towards the footbridge from the Millpond, with a group of youngsters working as duck herders making sure that no ducks wander ashore.

Duck Race proceeds benefit some community projects, including a fitness & nature trail.

If you'd like to purchase a rubber ducky and enter the race, you'll want to arrive in Jeffersonville at least a half hour or so before the race begins.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Bendo Bridge

The Bendo bridge is on Conklin Road on the Willowemoc Creek. Bendo was built in the nearby town of Livingston Manor in 1860, and was moved to the Conklin Road site in 1913. The bridge is open and there are public fishing spots all along the Willowemoc. There is also a campground and general store right at the bridge. Once you cross the bridge, there's public parking and decent hiking opportunities. We walked with a few friendly chickens and observed a goat who had a large goose as a best friend --(the goose was perched on the goat.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday Morning

This morning in Liberty, New York. It was a perfect day from start to finish.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Poughkeepsie Part One

Back in the olden days, Matthew Vassar's niece kept telling him that there was a dire need for women's colleges. Her persistence paid off. Vassar College is quite a beautiful place. Here are some random campus photos in black & white.