As I was saying in my previous post, the area we were in is rich with Revolutionary War history. We saw a number of these "blue signs" that day - these are the signs New York State uses to mark historic sites. As a matter of fact, we were very close at one point in our travels to the West Point Military Academy. I have visited there a few times and it is a beautiful place. I've also been to a number of Army football games there over the years as well. If you ever have the opportunity to visit the area and take a tour, it is well worth it. On the weekends in the summer they even have Army band concerts out on the lawn and you can bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy a fantastic performance surrounded by gorgeous views of the mountains and the Hudson.
Here's another sign that was actually right down by the Hudson River on an overlook:
Incidentally, those people down below in that photo are not anyone we know. They had a metal detector and were poking around with it. They didn't seem like they had lost something, more like they were looking for "treasures". It was a little weird. I wonder if they found anything worthwhile?
While DH scrambled up a cliff to find a geocache, DD and I stayed on the shore. There were a bunch of fallen tree limbs DD was having fun climbing on, and I was enjoying looking at the ice formations left on the beach. Check out the cool ice crystals:
After DH found the cache after a bit of searching, it was on to our last stop:
A nice way to finish off the day. :-)
We've always been a fan of "day trips", but even moreso in this economy, and in our effort to save money for our "cabin", day trips are a great way to have a lot of fun for very little money. We even brought our lunch with us, some snacks and filled up water bottles at home with our own tap water. We did stop and have dinner at Panera Bread though. But for a whole day of fun it only cost us gas money and it was under $20 at Panera. A lot cheaper than staying over somewhere in a hotel, or flying somewhere, or eating out all three meals, or buying travel insurance or renting a car... And if feel like you don't live near anywhere that's interesting, go put in your zip code on Geocaching.com and go find some geocaches! :-D