NY - New York
July 14, 2007
My first trip to upstate New York was to Keuka Lake in Yates County.
We have enjoyed many visits to Duchess County, where we visit our
Jeff, a musician, cook, photographer, and of course, a geographer! Jeff
for Scenic Hudson, and through him I have learned a lot about this
river and the efforts to protect its scenic, historic, and natural
The book River Horse by
Least-Heat Moon is a great introduction to the Hudson and to many of
other great rivers of the United States.
During Spring Break 2002, we visited my Brazilian friend Miguel, who
was doing a post-doc in Toronto. On the way we traversed nearly the
York State Thruway without seeing much else in the state, but we did
for a quick visit at Niagara Falls. Atmospheric conditions at the falls
were such that snow was forming from the freezing spray.
In the summers of 2006 and 2007 our daughter Paloma has fallen in
with Unirondack -- a
Unitarian-Universalist camp in the Adirondacks. It is a great, remote
place in the north-center of the state. Taking her there and back has
us a chance not only to visit Lewis County, where the camp is located,
also other counties along the way.
has a vibrant downtown with a number of great restaurants. If you want
to splurge on a lovely gourmet meal in an exquisite garden setting, the
best choice is in a surprising location -- practically underneath a
freeway exit ramp. Nicole's
Bistro is in one of the oldest Dutch-built houses in North America.
It has a lovely patio, attentive service, and delicious, fresh food. Do
not go if you are in a hurry -- take time to savor the atmosphere and
A very cool New York county fact:
city (New York City) includes five entire counties! It is also funny
that whenever I mention a trip to New York, people ask, "What part --
Upstate?" The answer is usually "yes," because Upstate is well over 95
percent of the state! What I find amusing is that the term hardly
narrows things down, other than to exclude one tiny corner.
So far, I have visited the counties shown in yellow.
I have been to 38 out of 58 counties in New York.
For a very clear map with the county names, visit Delorme's
New York Counties page.
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