New Paultz day 11 May 5
Today is our last full day of our trip. It was another sunny gorgeous day here in New York State. To take advantage of the weather we thought we should take a walk on the historic Poughkeepsie-Highline railway bridge. The bridge up until 1974 was used by rail to transport goods across the Hudson River from Kingston, NY to Poughkeepsie. In the early 2000’s the bridge was developed to become a multi-use pedestrian walkway. While walking on the bridge your parallel to the Mid-Hudson Bridge which is used by vehicles today. It was interesting seeing large cargo ships travel below the bridges. We got a chance to admire the engineering and architectural design of both bridges along the walk.
The town of Poughkeepsie has an interesting history. During the days of the great depression, the town was one of the first in the USA to receive welfare. As a result, a lower income population resided in the town. The town had very little industry to support itself back in those days and continues to suffer today. This is very interesting because the next town over, Hyde Park, was full of very affluent people and is home to multiple universities including the Culinary Institute of America. This distribution of wealth could be explained by the fact that Hyde Park is where the wealthy Vanderbilt family resided in the spring and fall until the 1940’s. The family employed many people from the town of Hyde Park to keep the grounds maintained throughout the year. We had a chance to walk a 3.5 mile loop around the Vanderbilt property and my impression was simply, “wow, these were wealthy people”. Our bed and breakfast host, Petra told us the Cornelius Vanderbilt started his transportation empire on the Hudson River, ferrying individuals from Statin Island to Manhattan on a row boat. He grew the business to be the Statin Island ferry that still exists and is heavily used today.
We were privileged to end our evening and our trip with a raw dinner prepared by Petra back at the Hungry Ghost. Our appetizer was pea soup which was fresh peas, cashews and garlic blended together and chilled. The main course was a raw lasagna which consisted of sliced zucchini and tomatoes layered between a basil sauce, a cashew cream sauce and a sundried tomato based sauce. Desert was a decadent slice of raw vegan cheese cake.
Thanks everyone for reading about this trip! I don’t know where my next adventure will be. If you have any suggestions, please provided them in a comment below!