Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday Snapshot: Hudson River Valley

Saturday Snapshot is hosted by Melinda at A Web of Stories (same host as always but with a new blog - check it out!). And I am also participating now in the #WeekendWanderlust Travel Blog Party.

We finally managed a full week camping vacation - yay! It was last-minute because I had just gotten over bronchitis, and we weren't sure I could go. So, we made reservations the day before we left, but it worked out well. We wanted to go somewhere not too far away, since we only had a week, but someplace new-to-us to explore. We started our trip in the Hudson River Valley - just 4 hours from home but a place we'd never been. We were stunned to discover how picturesque and undeveloped the Hudson River is, above New York City. We crossed the river at Bear Mountain, near West Point, and camped for a few days at Clarence Fahnestock State Park, making a couple of trips into the waterfront town of Cold Spring. When we left that park to move to the Catskills, we stopped in Poughkeepsie to hike the Walkway Over the Hudson. Here are some highlights of that first part of the trip in the Hudson Valley (Part 2 in the Catskills will be posted on another Saturday):

Hiking around Pelton Pond Trail

Our campsite at Clarence Fahnestock State Park, NY

A squirrel sleeping on a tree branch with its tail over its head!

Sunset campfire view from our campsite

Kayaking on Canopus Lake

Reflections of the rocky shore

First signs of fall! (not much yet)
Gorgeous views of the Hudson from Stony Point in Hudson Highlands State Park

Looking north up the Hudson River

Bookstore in Cold Spring - closed when we got there!

Beautiful sunset from the waterfront in Cold Spring

Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie, NY

Views south of the Hudson River and the nearby car bridge

My husband and I enjoying the spectacular views!
Hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend!


  1. Your trip was in my backyard- glad you enjoyed the Hudson Valley!

    1. We loved it! Such a beautiful area with so much to see and do - we'll definitely go back!

  2. The Hudson River Valley is one of our favourite places in the US.

    1. We so enjoyed it - can't believe we'd never been before! We'll definitely be going back.