Up the River

Friday, May 14, 2010 Road Junkies 0 Comments

Tarrytown, NY to Lenox, MA
In the late 19th century, the beauty of the Hudson River Valley lured such wealthy industrialists as Gould, Rockefeller, and Vanderbilt to build summer homes in the area. Many are now open to the public. Another popular attraction is Sunnyside, the home of Tarrytown's favorite son Washington Irving. Our plan to visit some of these great estates of the rich and famous in the Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow area was disrupted by the weather this morning.

As we set out for Sunnyside, rain arrived in a sudden downpour. While we were safe and dry in our car, we saw a young woman at a bus stop who was getting drenched, so we gave her an umbrella. What a feel-good moment to be able to help someone with exactly the thing they most need at the moment they need it!

As we drove north along the river, the weather cleared. We letterboxed a bit on both sides of the river. Having lived in the Atlanta area most of our lives, we have become accustomed to buildings being torn down when they become a bit dated and replaced with something shiny and new. It has been such a pleasure to see some of the historical sites in this area. Even the public libraries are housed in the most impressive buildings. Many have benefitted from generous philanthropic bequests, such as the Tarrytown Public Library. Salisbury, Connecticut's public library is also a majestic structure and has also benefitted from generous local residents. We ended the day in Lenox, Massachusetts, in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. We plan to spend a couple of days here before continuing northward.

Daily Stats:
Miles: 153
Letterboxes: 3
High Temp: 72 degrees