Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Beacon Harbor During Storm

The Mystic Whaler was docked the other night in Beacon when a storm came in.

The crew watched it roll in.

There was a crew on the Woody Guthrie waiting for the storm to pass.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Before & After - New Garden 'Round the Pergola


After: three clematis, three honeysuckle, and three other plants whose name escapes me at the moment.

We hope to make Dee proud of us.
We're going to place trellises on these two sides for the vines. You can see them in the background leaning against the garage. With a little luck, by next year all will climb up and provide a sweet-smelling screen.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

On The Waterfront

Panoramic shots of Beacon from the Newburgh waterfront.Click on the images to get a better view.

These two images are stitched together from photos I took with my iPhone. I was standing on the waterfront patio of Billy Joe's Ribworks.

Newburgh has experienced a renaissance in the last 15-20 years, at least at the waterfront. Many new restaurants enjoy a steady stream of visitors, especially during the summer when boats come and go from the Marina.

The nightlife must be good because we often hear the music all the way over here until the wee hours of weekend mornings.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Beacon Falls and East Main Street, Beacon, NY

Click on any of the images for a larger view!

Upstream from Beacon Falls, looking toward the Roundhouse At Beacon Falls

In between Beacon Falls and the Roundhouse.
We ate at the Roundhouse last weekend on the patio and enjoyed it. We're glad to have a great, new restaurant in town. I am beginning to believe that a twitter friend of mine is correct: the east end of Beacon is where it will be happening soon. 

A few closeups of the falls. 

Up Main Street a little, this dress caught my eyes. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fog Over Beacon Tonight

This was the scene coming home tonight.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Breakneck Ridge, White to Yellow to Red

On May 12th Jenn, Paola and Grant and I went up Breakneck ridge for a slightly different adventure. This time we climbed the white trail from the tunnel on 9D to where it meets the yellow trail for the first time. This hike took us about 2.5 hours with frequent breaks and photo stops. It runs about 2 miles.

Paola is a veteran already; this is new to Grant. They're ready to go. 

Check out Paola's guns.

Tug and barge on the Hudson.

Grant's doing OK.

Pleasure craft on the Hudson.

First break near the flagpole, white trail.

Further up the white trail.

This was our pointer to leave the white trail and start dropping on the yellow trail. It goes mostly down (there  is one point at which it takes you back up, do not be discouraged) and to where the red trail is.

Down the yellow trail a way, Paola poses with the wet rock face.

Grant wanted a waterfall. He got one.

This is part of the Cornish Farm, which was once a dairy owned by the Cornish family. It was abandoned in the 1940s.

Some kind of machinery in the old dairy.

I am not sure what this is - old, woven metal cables - but I have seen it used for rip-rap and also to cover certain areas during road construction.

Jennifers' favorite fallen tree.

Grant disrupts the ecosystem therein.

Tree huggers.

We got back to route 9D and headed north back to the car. This is what the ridge looks like from the road.

Here is the south side of the tunnel on 9D. We have to walk through that to get back to the car.

On the other side now, you can see how popular this trail is by the cars lining the road, not to mention the people risking their hides to walk along the road and get to the trail head.

Panorama shots:

White trail, near flagpole.

White trail, near flagpole w/Jenn.

Newburgh, NY.