I’m In a NEW YORK State of Mind

New York…more than horns honking …more than Times Square….more than its ginormous skyscrapers, 42nd Street and the all the “sound”.  When someone says they’re from New York to someone who’s never been to New York, well, inevitably they have a picture of the metropolis of Manhattan.

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They think of bright lights, yellow cabs, big busses and large crowds just like they see in the movies….they don’t really think about lakes, farms, waterfalls and mountains.  Don’t get me wrong…after all these years, I still get butterflies when I get my first glimpse of the city skyline and cross over the George Washington Bridge.  There is nothing like the enormity of NYC to me. Manhattan is spectacular and George and I are about eighty miles away from FINNominal shopping, Broadway shows (more me than him) the annual car show at the Javitts Center (more him than me) art, museums, comedy clubs and frozen hot chocolate. The point is New York has it all.  There is the metropolis of NYC and there is also the expanse of New York independent from the hustle and bustle. Come here to see both.


Central Park Autumn and midtown skyline over lake in Manhattan New York City
Central Park Autumn and midtown skyline over lake in Manhattan New York City

Anytime is the right time to go to the city.

Prometheus Statue at Rockefeller Center in New York City
Prometheus Statue at Rockefeller Center in New York City

I love it during the holidays with all the store windows decorated and the smell of street vendors with chestnuts roasting…honestly I never eaten one…the smell makes me happy and I’m good to stop there. Everything is decorated and you can hear the Salvation Army bells everywhere.  Rockefeller Center is the tourest mecca this time of year with the tree decorated for Christmas and ice skating  NYC just screams holidays so much it almost becomes the fifth season of the NYC year.

Hot steamy NYC summer is probably my favorite. Personally, it’s the most perfect time of the year for some extreme people watching either on a roof top bar or a park bench.

New York Subway Station
New York Subway Station

I feel that there’s more energy in this city when it’s hot. The sounds are different…it’s louder with a bit more hustle and bustle. People always move fast here but there’s just this higher energy in the summertime.

But don’t forget, New York is also like 30 million total acres (almost 55,000square miles).  Really! Where NYC is people congestion to the max (almost 9 million people)…New York State is more…really much more and actually much less. It’s got its quiet.  New York is traveling north to Lake Placid in the Adirondack Mountains or heading for wineries in the Finger Lakes Region.  It’s eating buffalo wings in, well, BUFFALO!  Yeah, thats were the name came from for those messy, yummy eats you share with some friends and a beer.  With our camper we can spend a week camping in Letchworth State Park  and hike through the gorge and come across just three of the states beautiful waterfalls.  With the opportunities we have in New York, we have the choice of activities in this vast state and we don’t always have to travel very far to explore the beauty that is home.  Certainly… it doesn’t always have to be done in Howie…our house on wheels.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Pre-Fifth Wheel, we’ve taken the train to Niagara Falls and hopped over the border for a long weekend in Canada. There is plenty to do on either side of the falls.

In the summer, Saratoga Springs has the “Saratoga Harness Track” which is celebrating 75 years in 2016. Even if you don’t want to bet on the horses you can buy a lovely hat to wear to look the part.  There are historic landmarks, state parks with more waterfalls than I can name, annual festivals, county fairs, breweries and some of the best wineries in the country.  We have boatloads of all of those right here in the Hudson Valley.

Ulster county has so many of the small artsy towns to spend a day in. Woodstock is probably the most widely known of them and still has a 60’s feel about it.  Many of the shops in Woodstock and throughout Ulster have a more boutique, handcrafted personality.   There are an endless array of rustic cafes or high-end restaurants that pride themselves on the local resources available in their regional farming communities.

Don’t forget skiing in the Catskills.  Yeah, we picked up where we left off 25 years ago. (albeit much more carefully)  Hunter, Belleayre and Windham are about an hour and a half for us. Perfect  way to get through the doldrums of the northeast winter.

Hunter Mountain 2016
Hunter Mountain 2016

As we research and plan our retirement, we don’t know where we will “land”.  The possibilities are really endless the way we see it now. Right now we’ve added a bucket list to our site to keep track of all the places we’ve already chosen to visit and places that are recommended by you. We can’t say for sure if we will stay here in New York once we “retire”  We really don’t know what our definition of “retire” will be. So to be sure that we cover as much ground, so to speak, as possible, we are going to make sure we see everything we can right here at home.

 

 

 

 

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