Sunday, June 12, 2011

6/11/2011 CROTON-ON-HUDSON TO MARLBORO

SATURDAY

TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 33 NM

DOCKED AT: WEST SIDE MARINE 845-236-4486

                         MARLBORO, NY (JUST SOUTH OF POUGHKEEPSIE ON THE WEST SHORE)

SUNRISE: 5:22      SUNSET: 8:29

HIGH: 66                LOW: 59

Last night’s rain storm ushered in today’s cooler temperatures and drizzly skies, a welcomed change from the sluggishly hot days we have been experiencing.

 After a quick walk to the post office in the small but well equipped town we cast off and continued north.Haverstraw, the site of a thriving brick industry in the late 1800’s, was just across the river as we pulled out. Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant on the eastern shore marked the widening of the river into Peekskill Bay. Across the bay from Peekskill is Dunderberg Mountain, home to the legendary Dutch goblin believed to be responsible for summer storms and the beginning of the Hudson Highlands that cuts through the spine of the Appalachian Mountain chain. Next came Bear Mountain and the Bear Mountain Bridge that boasted the title of the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened in 1924.



INDIAN POINT NUCLEAR POWER PLANT

DUNDERBERG MOUNTAIN, HOME TO THE GOBLIN RESPONSIBLE
FOR SUMMER STORMS

BEAR MOUNTAIN BRIDGE, ONCE THE LONGEST
SUSPENSION IN THE WORLD

Then came the magnificent U.S. Military Academy at West Point which was first fortified in 1778, making it the oldest continuously occupied military post in the United States. It was not commissioned as a military academy until 1802. Just north of West Point we passed through World’s End, the deepest point in the river at 216 feet.


US MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT

Storm King Mountain marked the entrance into Newburgh Bay with lovely Victorian homes perched on the shores just south of the town.


STORM KING MOUNTAIN

LOVELY VICTORIANS ABOVE NEWBURGH

We are seeing a few scattered barges and tugs working the river. We found the Steven Scott just north of Chelsea, working its load south.


COMMERCE ON THE RIVER

Marlboro, just south of Poughkeepsie on the western shore, provided us with dockage tonight. Dan had to struggle with the power for a bit but managed to splice to two different power posts and got things working just fine. Later we trooped up the hill to the town and had a most enjoyable meal at the lovely Raccoon Saloon and Restaurant. It offered a charming atmosphere, luscious food and an attentive staff. Give it a try if you are in the neighborhood.


WEST SHORE MARINA IN MARLBORO

OK, so there may be one little glitch here. You see, the railroad tracks are directly behind the marina and those noisy freight trains seem to run quite frequently. We are hoping that they take the night off but I guess “only time will tell’.


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