The Last Ice on the River
From Trinity Church back yard.
Trinity Church and Rectory
Tiffany Window in Hall
William Morris Window ChurchLocation: Saugerties, NY.
Temp: 45 degrees
Weather: full sun
River Conditions: all ice nearly gone. Low Tide.
Total mileage for the day: 6.5 miles
Path: slightly muddy
Ice conditions: mostly melted, save for a few chunks washed upon the shore.
Lunch: Hudson Valley Desserts
Price: 4.95 for soup and buttered roll
Value: excellent and lovely staff
Difficulty: (trail from trailhead to lighthouse) easy. Flat, maybe 1/2 mile in. ?
Splendid day to walk and catch views of the mountains along the Hudson River on the path to the Saugerties lighthouse. I had wished I bought a picnic and lunched on the river. The sun was warm on the lighthouse deck - the sky and water such wonderful blues. We then walked from the lighthouse into town for soup and cookies. Excellent choice of venue and we and loved sitting in the cafe window watching the world go by.
On the way home, I asked Meredith to pull into the Trinity Church parking lot. I had sold a group of 100 year old photos of this very spot, possibly taken by Thomas Cole Jr. who was the Minister at the church for 40 years. I wanted to see the places that I had studied in the photographs while researching their providence.
We quickly read a sign stating the grounds are private, but a kind volunteer who happened to be working on the church, took pity on our enthusiastic interest in the history of the place, and he let us walk the grounds, take photos, and even took us into the church and hall to see the Morris/Tiffany stained glass windows!!!!!!
I was glad I took this day to celebrate the sun, the beauty of our county, a friend, and art. The day unfolded itself, ripe with sensory experiences, mixed with a dash of art and history.
A stellar 5 star day.