Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cabot Explores More of Hudson, NY

Parade Hill, the park overlooking the Hudson and the Catskill Mountains was given to the town for public recreation in 1795. How cool is that.

The view from the Promenade on Parade Hill. In the distance are the cloud covered Catskill Mountains. In the middle of the river you can barely see the Hudson Athens lighthouse, built in the mid 1800s.

Cabot decided to take the trolley down to the park by the river.

These trolleys are, in effect, the local bus service in Hudson. We said we didn't mind when the driver said he had to stop for gas.  He was a little embarrassed that his trolley wasn't cleaner, but we said we didn't mind. All the cars look like this. Sadly he also told us that the trolleys were being replaced by a more modern bus service come the new year. Phooey!

We drove down to the bottom of Warren Street to the Amtrak train station. It was built in 1874, and is the oldest continuously used station in the state.

Behind the station is a beautiful park right next to the Hudson River. In the summer there are free concerts and a paddlewheel boat that does sightseeing cruises.

Henry Hudson did in fact stop here on his trip up the river. Actually he was grounded on the island in the river. Across the Hudson, the Catskills are home to the legendary Rip Van Winkle.

Everywhere you look there is a beautiful view.

Across from the station, we saw a notice put up by Time & Space Limited, a great cultural center in town. They have simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera and filmed plays from the current season of the National Theater of London and others.

On his way back home, Cabot waved good bye to more country cousins who are lucky enough to have their own Christmas tree!

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