Circumnavigating Manhattan

We’ve lived in New York for 17 years now, and today we finally attempted something I’ve been wanting to do since we moved here: circumnavigating Manhattan:

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We put in at Hazzard’s Boat Ramp under the GW bridge:

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Heading south down the Hudson River:

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As we approached the southern end of Manhattan and the New York Harbor, the water got pretty choppy, so we had to slow down:

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Lots of ferry traffic to dodge:

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Ellis Island (right) and the Statue of Liberty (center):

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We rounded the southern tip of the island and headed up the East River:

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The Brooklyn Bridge, first of many we would pass under:

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The United Nations building:

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Long Island City in the background, and in the foreground, U Thant Island, the smallest island in Manhattan:

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Passing by the sometimes-treacherous Hell Gate:

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Once we passed Hell Gate into the Harlem River, the water calmed down and we were able to go full throttle:

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Some of the 14 bridges over the Harlem River:

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M drove for a while:

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The Spuyten Duyvil Bridge only has 5 foot clearance, but we managed to squeak under after waiting for a train to pass:

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Heading down the Hudson to the GW bridge:

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The Little Red Lighthouse:

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Back at the ramp:

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What a great trip!

Summer 2018, Day 47

We woke up to the worst Walmart parking we’ve ever seen:

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We drove a few blocks to Fort Stanwix National Monument:

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The fort is a recreation of the fort built by the British for the French and Indian War.  It was “sold” by NPS to the town as an attempt to revitalize downtown.  Sixteen acres of downtown were demolished to make way for the fort:

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In the original fort, there was a Ravelin between the gate and the Ace Hardware:

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The fort was used by American forces in the Revolutionary War.  Camp followers had to live outside the fort because the fort was too small to accommodate them:

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After finishing our visit, we drove southeast to get home.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

This is probably our last summer trip as a family, as M will be graduating high school this spring.  I’m glad we’ve had the opportunity to experience all these trips together!

Summer 2018, Day 46

It wasn’t the quietest night at this truck stop outside of Boulder.  It wasn’t quite clear what the signs were referring to, as there were dozens of trucks parked here:

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We drove over to Niagara Falls.  We’ve never been here before, so we wanted to see what all fuss was about:

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The falls were pretty impressive:

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We continued east across upstate New York:

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We visited Women’s Rights National Historical Park, site of the first women’s rights convention in 1848:

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The church in which the convention was held:

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We continued east to overnight at the Walmart of Rome, New York.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.

Summer 2018, Day 45

Our first stop today was James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio, home of the 20th president:

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1980s social media?

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We toured the house:

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The wreath from Garfield’s funeral after his assassination in 1881:

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An original painting of Yosemite, probably from the Hudson River School, most likely Bierstadt, who was a contemporary of Garfield:

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We continued east into Pennsylvania along the shore of Lake Erie:

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Onward to New York.  The Rainbow is a consolation prize, I guess:

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Our next stop was Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site in Buffalo, the house where then-VP Theodore Roosevelt was inaugurated in 1901 after the assassination of President McKinley:

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Upon leaving the site, we discovered that one of our new leaf springs had become misaligned, so the top leaf spring fell past the lower leaves.  We limped to a home depot parking lot where I unloaded the spring and hammered the leaves back into position:

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We overnighted at a nearby truck stop.  See the alternating yellow line on the trip map for today’s drive.