Jeff and Cheryl New England Trip travel blog

We started our day today with breakfast at our B&B. We were served croque monsieur. Those of you who remember the movie "It's Complicated" remember it. For those who don't remember, it is slices of bread with a hole in the center, filled with an egg and fried. It was preceded by a fruit dish for each of us.

Breakfast finished we went to spend the day with our friends Linda and Dave. After meeting them at their house, we were taken to Kaaterskill Falls. Unfortunately, due to the recent drought, the falls were not much more than a trickle. Still, nice to see.

From there, we went on to the North South Lake and walked up to the overlook at the site of the Catskill Mountain House. The Mountain House was a grand hotel from the 1860's until it was torn down in 1964 because it had become derelict. It had been situated on an overlook where on a clear day you could see five states. The hotel is gone except for parts of the foundation, but the view is still spectacular.

By now it was time for lunch. We went to a restaurant in Catskill, NY, where there are statues of cats all around the downtown area decorated in different styles. For example, there was a cat decorated as Mr. Spock and it was titled "Live long and PAWSper". Fun designs.

Lunch finished, we went to Olana, the long time home of painter Frederic Church. Frederic Church designed the house as well as the grounds and landscape surrounding it. The house remains today as it was when Church lived there including many of his paintings, and those of his contemporaries. Very interesting tour.

Sightseeing done, it was time to go to their boat. They have a very nice boat with living space, a dining area and a small fully equipped kitchen. Below is a sleeping area for two. The boat is a Pilgrim 4 trawler called Riverdancer. We went out and sailed along the Hudson River for about an hour or so, then returning to the dock. We had a late dinner on the boat at the dock. After dinner and some good conversation, it was time to head home. Quite a full day!

Scheduled for tomorrow...on to Howe Caverns.

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