Friday, May 18, 2018

The Catskills- 4000 footer #2 - Slide Mtn

Friday, May 18, 2018 - Hike Slide Mountain (4,180), then visit the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston, NY, and the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY:

Another day of Hiking and Art!

On my way up to Slide Mountain - a very pretty picture of 3 pairs of geese, with a-bunch-of little ones:

A nice turnout farther on up the road:

I wound up hiking 7.34 miles in 3 hours 25 minutes:

I got up to the trailhead at 9:45

and started uphill:

The moss is REALLY COOL:

After hiking for an hour, I reached the intersection:

I came up he trail from the left, and will be going up the trail to the right.

Hiking up through some very cool rock formations:

Almost at the top, there is a nice ledge on the left with views to the north:

Noon up at the Summit:

Ooops - here is the whole sign:

Just a litte farther east is a large rock ledge with a view to the east:

Kind of obstructed view - I think that is the Hudson River:

Nice day for a hike - heading back down:

WOW - TWO 4,000 footers in TWO days - quite a way to start the season!!

I drove east to the Senate House State Historic Site in Kingston, NY. They have 2 paintings by Jervis McEntee, one of the Hudson River School artists I like.

The nicer painting is "Landscape: Rondout Creek", no date:

There was also a nice watercolor by John Vanderlyn - "View in Rome", 1805-1806:

I realized I had enough time, so I crossed over the Hudson River and visited the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site in Hyde Park, NY:

With a lovely view over the Hudson River, I do believe I have found our next "Summer Cottage".

The 4 o'clock tour was very good, and allowed us to be distracted from all the Prom people assembling around outside:

Unfortunately I did not get to see the Edmund Darch Lewis painting - "Romantic Landscape", 1854:

A little over an hour to get back to my Super 8. Hot bath, cheese steak, and Playoff Hockey to wind down the day. Thank you God for these wonderful adventures!

NOTE: Since I will only be doing Art tomorrow (no hiking), I will be posting Day 3 (going home) on dixonheadingwest link here

Today, for my listening pleasure, I have been doing Shuffle Songs on my iPod. 17,869 songs! Today I listened to 72 songs, starting with:

#1 - "Sunday Nights" - Frank Turner (from the album Poetry of the Dead, 2009)

and ending with #72 - "From This Moment On" - Frank Sinatra (from the album Classic Sinatra II, 2009 compilation album)

GREAT SONGS in between included:
#6 - "Play It All Night Long" - Warren Zevon (from the album Learning to Flinch, 1993 live solo acoustic album)

#8 - "Hey! Baby" - Bruce Channel (from the album 25 Beach Music Classics, 2003)

#32 - "Get It On (Bang A Gong)" - Power Station (from the album Living In Oblivion : The 80's Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, 1993)

#33 - "Tripping Billies" - Dave Matthews Band (from the album The Best Of The Columbia Records Radio Hour, Vol. 2, 1996)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Catskills- 4000 footer #1 - Hunter Mtn

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - Wendy has a conference up in Amesbury, so I decided to DO SOME HIKING. Although there are 46 4000 footers in the Adirondacks (?rent a cabin for a month?), there are only 2 further south in the Catskills: Hunter Mountain (4,040) and Slide Mountain (4,180):

So I made reservations for Thursday and Friday nights at the Super 8 in Montgomery, NY (about an hour south of this area)(much cheaper!).

I am a good hiker (but not a GREAT one - i.e. not up-and-down multiple mountains in one day), so when I travel farther than a day-trip, there is usually "extra time" for me to do something other than hike up-and-down a mountain. In this case, The Thomas Cole National Historic Site has an exhibition "Picturesque And Sublime: Thomas Cole’s Trans-Atlantic Inheritance":

I called on Tuesday for the noon-to-1 tour, and, after breakfast in Boston, got out there 10 minutes early!

Unfortunately, the woman selling tickets had not gotten my message - the noon tour was FULL of people from The Met, so I got a ticket for 1. But it turns out that The Exhibition is not "part of the tour", so after eating lunch at the car, I saw the exhibit myself. It was in a single room in "the New Studio", and a beautiful display of art:

Of course there were works by Thomas Cole:
Ruined Tower (Mediterranean Coast Scene with Tower), 1832-1836 oil [Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, NY]:

Catskill Mountain House, The Four Elements, 1843-1844 oil [Private collection]:

There were also works that inspired him:
J.M.W. Turner - Devil's Bridge, Saint Gotthard's Pass, ca. 1804 watercolor [Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT]:

J.M.W. Turner - Hardraw Fall, 1818 etching/engraving [Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT]:

The tour of the house was nice:

There is a very good slide presentation. Memorable art includes a Cole study:

(it was nice seeing the study after seeing the finished work!)
and a nice small piece by Sanford Robinson Gifford:

The Thomas Cole National Historic Site hosted an exhibit of Sanford Robinson Gifford just last year - sorry I missed it.

Then it was time to head down the road:

It turns out that the original Catskill Mountain House was just west of here - there is even a road called "Mountain House Road". I drove there, and it ends in a hiking-trailhead. So I continued on to Kaaterskill Falls:

Very beautiful up the creek:

A few minutes later I was at the trailhead for the Becker Hollow trail up Hunter Mountain:

The hike, being the first-of-the-year, was kind of hard. But you rest when you need to, and it actually gets completed. 5.73 miles in 3:09

5 minutes in, you cross a bridge over a stream:

There are these nice markers all along the trail:

The "3500 elevation" sign on a tree, with the trail continuing up beyond it:

I got to the Hunter Mountain Fire Tower just after 5

Nice views from the top of the Fire Tower:

You then hike south along a ridgeline for a little less than 1/2 mile. I love these ridge trails!!

At the end there is a ledge with a nice view to the west:

And then a little over 1/2 hour to get back down to the bottom. An hour-and-a-half drive to get down to the Super 8:

Pepperoni pizza, and Playoff Hockey for the night! Thank you God for these wonderful adventures!

Today, for my listening pleasure, I have been doing Shuffle Songs on my iPod. 17,869 songs! Today I listened to 86 songs, starting with:

#1 - "I'll Be Waiting" - Michael Franti and Spearhead (from the album The Sound of Sunshine, 2010)

and ending with #86 - "Stand Back" - The Allman Brothers Band (from the album The Road Goes On Forever, 2001 compilation album)

GREAT SONGS in between included: #4 - "Runnin' Down A Dream" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (from the album Greatest Hits, 1993)

#5 - "Here To Stay" - the Pat Metheny Group (from the album We Live Here, 1995)

#8 - "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)" (10:50 in length!) - Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (from the album Live at Montreux 1982 & 1985, 2001 double cd)

#13 - "Meeting Across The River" - Bruce Springsteen (from the album Born To Run, 1975)

#43 - "Visions of Johanna" - Bob Dylan (from the album Blonde on Blonde, 1966)

and just so you know its not ALL ROCK N ROLL and JAZZ:

#24 (quiet folk) - "Tin Angel" - Tom Rush (from the album The Circle Game, 1968)

#34 (acoustic piano) - "Sung To Sleep" - Michael Manring (from the album A Winter's Solstice II, 1989)

#52 - "Passio D.N.J.C. secundum Matthaeum, BWV244: 52. Konnen Tranen meiner Wangen" - Johann Sebastian Bach (from the album St. Matthew Passion, 2009)