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Storm King Museum

Booker "Foci"


Goldsworthy "Storm King Wall"

Maple Allee

Stamen Winesap

October 16

Second day to wear shorts! Yesterday was in the mid 70’s but today may not warm up as much. Drove down 9W west of the river to Kingston where Bob had the tires checked. Fellow estimates we have 10,000 miles left on them which should get us home.

Our first stop was Storm King Art Center in New Windsor which I had known about but is not well publicized. Storm King is a 500 acre “sculpture landscape” with a permanent collection of monumental sculptures from the 1960’s to the present. In 1961 Ralph Ogden acquired 14 works by David Smith as the anchor for the collection which now includes Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, Louise Nevelson, Mark Di Suvero, Maya Lin, Andy Goldsworthy etc. Over the past 50 years the landscape has evolved with planted native grasses and woodlands. (Originally it was cow pasture.) Although overcast, the foliage provided great backdrop for the sculptures. Unlike 11 years ago when I visited, there is a trolley that will take you around part of the grounds. The automated narration was not good and primarily focused on selling a museum membership. This could be a phenomenal opportunity to establish a cell phone self-directed tour. It really is an incredible collection of large platform sculptures and worth a day visit. (We did not see Marfa TX but assume it is similar. ) Some of our favorite pieces were Andy Goldsworthy’s Storm King Wall (English style that wound throughout the property, Maya Lin’s 11 acre Wavefield (undulating waves in the fields) and George Cut’s Sea Change (kinetic curved wands moving in opposite directions but appearing parallel). Thought we would do a lot more walking but had seen most everything and were hungry. We both had a Stamen apple ( they are wonderful(!) and worth the hunt)and we shared the Culinary Institute Big chocolate chip cookie!

From there we went to West Point which was closed but we could visit the museum. Simply displays of various uniforms and weaponry from the various American wars. What was most interesting was the simple synopsis of all of the wars.

Crossed the river (another $5!) and are camped in a lovely Westchester County municipal camp (Croton Point) on the Hudson. This was one of our considerations to use as a base camp for NYC visits. It is 1.25 hours on the train and evening transport could be a problem.

Looks like the shut- down will be over tomorrow and the NPS may open. We are now committed to Jersey City for camping at $85 a night. ( Apparently, is very crowded and not nice. They brag about the fact the price is a third of what you would have to pay in NYC.) As a comparison the NPS was $10/night! The good news is that our senior citizen fare into the city is $1 with trains running to 11:30 pm.

Tomorrow we visit the Rockefeller Estate and then go to Jersey City. The park here is lovely and hope to get in a long walk even if in the rain.

Dinner tonight is Cincinnati Chili made from a mix we got on the MA coast. Has cinnamon and chocolate which is a little different. Salad with the rest of our large avocado.

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