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Kingston, New York
August 2015
For those keeping count, this short vacation to the Catskills is the third time we've wound up at a German festival at a ski resort. I swear it's not intentionally planned that way, but really, who can resist delicious German food? Of course, it included a scenic chairlift ride, but one difference at this festival at Hunter Mountain was the Doxie Derby. How often do you get to watch dachshunds racing??? Some ran to the finish line, some ran away! This trip also included a walk across the Spectacular Walkway Over the Hudson, a boat ride on the Hudson river and some time in downtown Kingston before we headed out of the Catskills and off to Norwalk, Connecticut.

There's also one very short timeslapse video below that I shot on the elevator heading up to the Walkway over the Hudson on the Poughkeepsie side.

(click any photo for a larger version)

001 Walkway Over the Hudson 004 Railroad Tracks and Mid-Hudson Bridge 006 Freight Train
Walkway Over the Hudson is a very cool restored and converted railroad bridge that's now a pedestrian bridge
Looking down the Hudson River to the Mid-Hudson Bridge from Walkway Over the Hudson
Freight train travelling along the Hudson River
007 Civil Engineering Landmark Sign 008 Mid-Hudson Bridge 010 Hudson River
The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge (now Walkway Over the Hudson) is a Civil Engineering Landmark
Looking down the Hudson River to the Mid-Hudson Bridge from Walkway Over the Hudson
Looking north on the Hudson River from Walkway Over the Hudson
012 Poughkeepsie 013 Mid-Hudson Bridge 014 Ducks
Looking out over Poughkeepsie
Mid-Hudson Bridge
Just some ducks swmming on the Hudson
015 Walkway Over the Hudson 016 Walkway Over the Hudson 017 Walkway Over the Hudson
Heading down to ground level in the elevator on the Poughkeepsie side
Heading down to ground level in the elevator on the Poughkeepsie side
Heading down to ground level in the elevator on the Poughkeepsie side
019 Walkway Over the Hudson Elevator 020 Walkway Over the Hudson Elevator 025 Walkway Over the Hudson
The elevator to the ground on the Poughkeepsie side
The elevator to the ground on the Poughkeepsie side
Walkway Over the Hudson as seen from the Poughkeepsie riverfront
027 Walkway Over the Hudson 028 Mid-Hudson Bridge 029 Church and Mid-Hudson Bridge
Walkway Over the Hudson as seen from the Poughkeepsie riverfront
Mid-Hudson Bridge as seen from the Poughkeepsie riverfront
Looking out over Poughkeepsie to the Mid-Hudsdon Bridge
030 Walkway Over the Hudson 031 Ocean Tower Tugboat 032 Ocean Tower Tugboat
Heading back to Highland on the Walkway Over the Hudson
The tugboat Ocean Tower heading up the Hudson
The tugboat Ocean Tower heading up the Hudson
034 Rip Van Winkle 035 Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge 037 Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge
We took a tour of the Hudson River aboard the Rip Van Winkle
Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge over Rondout Creek
Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge over Rondout Creek
038 Old Crane 039 Old Crane 040 Blue Heron
Old crane on Rondout Creek
Old crane on Rondout Creek
I believe this is a heron, but I'm no expert
042 Hudson River 043 Hudson River 047 Espous Meadows Lighthouse
Cruising out onto the Hudson
Cruising out onto the Hudson
The 144 year old Espous Meadows Lighthouse
048 Espous Meadows Lighthouse 050 House and Gazebo 053 Bald Eagle
The 144 year old Espous Meadows Lighthouse
This house looks like something out of a movie
A bald eagle!
055 Bald Eagle 056 Bald Eagle 058 Payne Mansion at Marist College
A bald eagle!
A bald eagle!
Payne Mansion at Marist College
059 Payne Mansion Boat House 060 Gazebo 061 Palmerton (Ship)
Payne Mansion Boat House
Payne Mansion gazebo
The Palmerton, a cargo ship from Antigua & Barbuda
062 Vanderbilt Mansion 063 Holy Cross Monastery 065 Palmerton (Ship)
A glimpse of the Vanderbilt Mansion
Holy Cross Monastery
Apparently we're playing with the 11,000 ton cargo vessel Palmerton
069 Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge 071 Amtrak Train 073 Rondout Lighthouse
Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge
Amtrak Train speeding along the Hudson riverbank
Rondout Lighthouse
074 Rondout Lighthouse 077 Cornell Tugboat 078 Gowanus Bay Tugboat
Rondout Lighthouse
The historic tugboat, Cornell
The tugboat Gowanus Bay moored along the great Kingston waterfront
079 Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge 080 Duck 081 Beef Brisket at Ole Savannah
Kingston-Port Ewen Suspension Bridge over Rondout Creek
This duck was waiting around in case we dropped our dinner into the creek
Delicious beef brisket at Ole Savannah in Kingston
082 Clearwater Yacht 084 Hunter Mountain Sign 088 Doxie Derby Sign
Watching the wooden yacht Clearwater pass by as we eat
We went to Hunter Mountain Ski Resort for their German Alps Festival
Not every German festival has a Doxie Derby!
089 Dachshund 090 Kid and Dachshund 092 Dachshund
The dachsunds are mentally preparing for the race.
A kid, a fedora and a dachsund. This sounds like a Carnac the Magnificent question.
Warming up for the derby
093 Starting Line 094 Finish Line 095 Race Race
It's post time
The finish line awaits
The dachsunds are at the gate and ready to run!
096 Dachshunds 097 Dachshunds 098 German Buttons
And they're off! Well, most of them anyway.
Run little weiner dogs, run!!!
It wouldn't be a German Festival without witty German buttons
099 Chairlift 102 Chairlift 103 View from Mountain
Headed to the mountaintop on the ski lift
Headed to the mountaintop on the ski lift
The view from atop Hunter Mountain
104 View from Mountain 108 View from Mountain Trail 109 Mountain Trail
The view from atop Hunter Mountain
The view from atop Hunter Mountain
Walking along a cliff
110 Stone Scuplture 113 Michael in Ski Chair 114 Mom in Ski Chair
One very complex flower planter
Relaxing at the top of Hunter Mountain
My mother relaxing at the top of Hunter Mountain
115 Snowboard Chair 116 Chairlift 118 German Alps Festival from Chairlift
Old snowboards make a good chair
Ready to head back down the mountain
Heading back down to the German festival
119 German Alps Festival from Chairlift 120 German Alps Festival 122 Old Dutch Church
Heading back down to the German festival
Hunter Mountain German Alps Festival
The Old Dutch Church in Kingston is a National Historic Landmark
124 Old Dutch Church Clock 125 Old Dutch Church Door 126 Old Dutch Church
The Old Dutch Church clocktower has never been struck by lightning or powered a Delorean time machine, as far as I know
The entrance to the Old Dutch Church
The Old Dutch Church in Kingston is a National Historic Landmark
129 Old Dutch Church Cemetary 130 Volunteer Firemen's Museum 131 Wall Street
The Old Dutch Church's cemetary is a landmark in its own right
Volunteer Firemen's Museum
Wall Street in Kingston
133 Frogmore Tavern 134 Frogmore Tavern Frogs 135 Jolly Cow Ice Cream Sign
Frogmore Tavern - a cool pub with delicious food in a historic building
Frogmore Tavern - a cool pub with delicious food in a historic building
We wanted ice cream so we hunted down the best soft-serve we could find in the area

 

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