When the dude and I made our New Year's Day list, we included quarterly weekend trips. We've been sneaking them in just under the wire. (I refered to, but did not share, our first quarter trip to D.C. in March.) This weekend we went to Hyde Park. The dude is a bit of a history geek, and he is slowly learning the intricacies of American history by dragging me to Presidential homes and libraries. (We're up to nine after this weekend.) On Saturday, we visited FDR...
Later, the dude heeded Eleanor Roosevelt: You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
And walked across the Walkway over the Hudson. (He's afraid of heights.)
We'd read that Poughkeepsie--where we traversed the bridge--had quite a hip dining scene, so we went to Rhinebeck for dinner. We had a fabulous meal and strolled around the town a bit after dinner. I think I could get the dude to go back for the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival should the right amount of sheepherding trials be present...
On Sunday, we drove out to Kinderhook to see the home Martin van Buren, our eighth president, retired to. It was a beautiful drive. In fact, Google maps kept taking us on very strange but beautiful paths.
On the way home today we drove down to Pocantico Hills to see the Chagall and Matisse windows at the Union Church (where the Rockefellers worship). This was Matisse's last ever completed project. He died two days after delivering the design.
It was a wonderful relaxing weekend. We had great weather too. I'm looking forward to our next quarter!