Visiting Some Old Stomping Grounds

Last Friday I believe it was, we visited the little towns and the area that had once been our stomping grounds, those many years ago. There are parts of that trip that I am saving because those parts have more tales to tell and I want to see what old pictures I can find at home to use for contrast – the old and the new. Or more recent. But this part of the tale I can share.

We drove across the river on the Mid-Hudson Bridge, aka Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge (I believe)

Then pulled into a small area to enter a small park with a view of the bridge we had just crossed

the town across the river

and a sign that told about the walkway, formerly a railroad bridge that had been converted to a bridge on which one could walk across the Hudson River if one so desired. I desired, sort of, but we had places to be and things to see.

Zooming in, we see the walkway

which has an elevator to carry you up to the top.

Heading on up the road

we come to a covered bridge – the second oldest in the state of New York I am told

and since I am a sucker for covered bridges and lighthouses, we stop so that I can take a picture. Or two.


On the road once again, we are growing closer to our destination

and suddenly, we are entering the town of Rosendale, where once upon a time long long ago I lived for a short period of time. The parts of the story that I am not yet sharing took place after we moved from Rosendale to Bloomington; today we see Rosendale

which has changed a good deal but yet is much the same.

The change has come, The Author says, because of the nearby Metro train line that rapidly and efficiently transports those who wish, or must, go to New York City. We suspect the area has become a respite for city-dwellers, a place to go on weekends to enjoy blue skies, fresh air, and more open spaces.

We are hungry now, so we stop for lunch at a small cafe that was not there in those days that we were there, which has a patio facing the street – but across the street is a forested area, and the street is not so busy as to be a deterrent

We sit at one of these little red tables, but the wooden picnic table that shares space on the patio has decorative additions that catch my camera’s eye.

We meet Leo who is out with his man, who is out for lunch. Leo’s man says Leo is a Silver Lab; I have never before met a Silver Lab and had taken Leo to be a Weimaraner. It is my suspicion that Leo’s history includes a Weimaraner.

Lunch is done (it was very good – I did not take a picture) and we wander off to meander along some of the little roads to see what we can see that we might recognize

until, late in the day, we arrive back home, satisfied with our day but tired.

In this day, as in many, there was enough.

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7 Responses to Visiting Some Old Stomping Grounds

  1. suzicate says:

    That is an awesome covered bridge!


  2. Isn’t it fun to revisit places from your past? It must be great to return. I look forward to seeing your pictures of the new contrasted with your old photos. It looks like fall is in the air. πŸ™‚ I’ve never seen a Silver Lab either!


  3. Robin says:

    Leo is a beautiful dog. I’m amazed at how much fall color is peeking through. We’re not quite there yet. I love the bridge, and the whole outing (from my perspective) was lovely. πŸ™‚


  4. Carol β€” The covered bridge shots and Leo are my favorites. I agree that Mr. Leo has a fair share of Weimaraner in his pedigree. Thank you for the wonderful virtual tour!


  5. Kathy says:

    I enjoyed your post from a place you knew a long time ago.The little red chairs and table look inviting. I must confess to enjoying sitting at a restaurant or cafe after a day of viewing the sights. Thanks for sharing with all of us.


  6. Heather says:

    Ahhhh, the bridges – covered ones! And eating outside in October? What a treat.


  7. lisa says:

    I think you are correct about Leo. I would concur the same! I love the bridge shots and look forward to seeing the contrasting shots you will share with us soon! It all looks like perfect October days! Glad you to stomp around a bit! πŸ™‚


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