Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie - Highland, NY

They (whoever "they" is) have been touting this walkway for years. The thing finally opened to huge crowds and it is the talk of everyone in the area, "Have you been over the walkway yet?".  It is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.  We went Monday with my mother-in-law.  It was overcast and chilly but at least I can finally say YES I'VE WALKED OVER THE WALKWAY.


That is actually my daughter and I there on the right.

The parking situation is terrible. We tried to park on the Poughkeepsie side and finally gave up and parked on the Highland side - I think the walk from my truck to the start of the walkway was as long as the walkway itself.  After all the walking I didn't have to take any diet pills that day, ha ha.



The bridge was originally constructed for trains.  Eventually the trains stopped running.  Then there was a fire on the bridge.  Then it just sat there for years and years.  Then there was the idea of making it a walkway. Then it just sat there for a lot more years.  Then they got financing and started working on it.  Finally it is open and now it is part of the New York State Park System.



Here's a shot of the walkway. There aren't any benches or lights, but I believe they have plans to still work on the walkway more, maybe even have festivals and such on it at some point in the future.

 
 Here you can see what the old structure underneath looks like.

 
Here's a shot of Andy's Place from the walkway - where we ate afterwards.  It's one of our favorite places to eat when we're in the area.  The food is great, especially the chili.

 
One of those little piers is where my husband proposed to me 15 years ago.

 
The Mid-Hudson Bridge. Note the freight train going by on the right.

 
The photo doesn't show it well, but the color of the foliage is really nice.

 
Ever wonder where the odd name "Poughkeepsie" came from? Well now you know.

So, the walkway was nice but I have to admit after hearing about it incessantly I'm glad to say yes, I've seen it, I've walked it, I'm movin' on with my life now.

Do I seem grumpy today?  Hmm.

The end.

4 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your photos and experience now that's one less thing I have to do for myself.

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  2. LOL! Thanks Jude - I am worried I'm going to get angry comments from people who think the walkway is the greatest thing since the invention of the wheel - glad you were satisfied with your "virtual visit". Maybe when they remedy the parking and add some benches and lights and whatnot, and some of the hype dies down it WILL be closer to being the next best thing since sliced bread. :-P

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  3. I always got the impression that the walkway was REALLY high, but it doesn't look so bad from the pictures.

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  4. How cool is that! My best friend lives in Kingston. Wonder if she's done it yet. not sure which account I'm signed in with. Sharkbytes at myqualityday.blogspot.com

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