Archive for April, 2012

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Today’s photo was taken from the base of Plateau Mountain which I hiked today, at Catskills State Park in Greene County, New York.


Devil’s Path

I took my first serious hike of the year visiting Catskill State Park in Greene County, New York.  I hiked a 4 (up and back) mile section of the “Devil’s Path” trail.  I reached the summit of Plateau Mountain (pictured).

Along the way I saw ice, my first sighting in 2? years.

The views from the top.

I walked down the other side of the plateau and then returned.  Today I found out what kind of hiking shape I am in (sorry), but I should be reconditioned after a few more hikes.

At the bottom near the parking area is the work of some beavers.


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Today’s photo was taken from the Chester A. Arthur burial site at Albany Rural Cemetery in Albany, New York.  Arthur was the 21st President of the United States.


Chester A. Arthur Burial Site

Chester A. Arthur, the 21st President of the United States is buried in Albany Rural Cemetery, in Albany, NY.  Arthur was elected as Vice President and succeeded President Garfield after his assassination.


Albany Walking Tour

I spent the morning and part of the afternoon strolling around the State Capitol in Albany, New York.  The capitol itself was not open, since it was a Saturday.

I spent about 3 1/2 hours at the State Museum, just across the plaza from the capitol.  It was much better than the New Jersey State Museum I visited last July.  I am not embarrassed to admit the retired Sesame Street set was the highlight for me.  There were a number of September 11, 2001 artifacts, a moving display telling the story of immigrant Jews to New York during the holocaust.  And the museum had one of the most interesting fossil exhibits I’ve ever seen as well.

Not far away is the executive mansion.  Three future presidents resided here while serving as Governor: Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Grover Cleveland

There were a number of statues on the grounds around the capitol.  This is General Sheridan.

There were several signs mentioning George Washington, but this is the only statue.

The historical marker next to this building says this is the “birthplace of modern electricity.”  Joseph Henry pioneered the development of the telegraph and electric motor in the late 1820’s and early 1830’s.  I didn’t have time to research this so I’ll just let it go at that.