Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Catskill, NY

Tuesday was another gray rainy day. We left Haverstraw around 0700 to meet up with Looper friends Linda and Robert on Errante- we first met them back in 2014. They were headed south and we are headed north so we connected (literally) just downriver from West Point. We tied up alongside their 42' Nordic tug and floated together while we caught up on each others' adventures. It was fun to see them again!

West Point from the river.

"Beat Air Force" on this side of the roof, "Beat Navy" on the other.
We saw several small tows pushing a barge or two and a few pleasure boats, but not much traffic on the Hudson.

Esopus Meadows Lighthouse

Bannerman's Castle ruins on Pollepel Island

Saugerties Lighthouse

We had planned to stop at Kingston for the night, but it was just noon when we approached, and the weather was not appealing, so we decided to keep going to the next day's destination, Catskill. The Catskill Mountains are beautiful! "Kill" is part of many geographic names in New York. It is a Dutch word that means stream.

Catskill is a small, historic town along the river. This area has river towns, valley towns, and mountaintop towns. We will spend about a week here exploring all of these and waiting for other Loopers to catch up. We have rented a car to make the most of our time here. Today (Wednesday) was bright and sunny, so we drove up in the mountains to Kaaterskill Falls.

Kaaterskill Falls is a 2-tier waterfall that drops an impressive 260 feet. Niagara Falls, in comparison, is 187 feet high. 
The upper tier plummets 180 feet. I was nauseous just standing on the viewing platform built out from the side of the cliff.

The young woman sitting at the foot of the falls gives an idea of its size.

This is Rip Van Winkle Country and home to the Hudson River School, a mid-19th century American art movement- romantic landscape painting- typified by Frederic Church and Thomas Cole- their homes are on the tourist circuit here. More about that later...

Kaaterskill Clove, a deep gorge near Palenville.

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