Hudson County Rails to Trail Review

Video 40 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

The history of rails to trails began in the mid 1960’s as a project to convert unused and abandoned train rail tracks, to trails that could be repurposed and used by bike riders as well as walkers, runners, skaters and hikers. Currently there are more than 2,000 trails through-out 50 states providing more than 24,000 miles of rail-trails! There continued dedication has given us many wonderful places and provided scenic trails for tens of millions of people to visit each year. You can find out more about Rails to Trails in the link below. https://www.railstotrails.org/ In this video (taken Sept. 2019) we explore Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail Located in New York States Capitol Albany, A great start place to reach the trail can be found at 722 S Pearl St, Albany, NY 12202 The trail stretches 9 miles along the old Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad between the Port of Albany and Voorheesville. The entire length of the Rail Trail, from Pearl Street in Albany to Grove Street in Voorheesville, is fully paved and open for public use during daylight hours. Check current hours as well as any restrictions here: https://www.albanycounty.com/departments/recreation/albany-county-helderberg-hudson-rail-trail For those of us who love the history, Delaware & Hudson (D&H) Railroad originally opened the tracks in 1863 and included stops from Albany to Central Bridge, Delmar, Slingerlands, and New Scotland. By 1864, one could purchase a 20 cent ticket and hop on the steam train in Adamsville (now Delmar) at 8:45 AM and arrive 15 minutes later in Albany! Commuters began to use the D&H for daily travel between their quiet country homes in Delmar, Slingerlands (and later Elsmere) and their offices in Albany. Suburbanization had begun. Incidentally, the use of the word “commuting” to describe this travel activity sprang from early railroad riders getting their fares “commuted,” or reduced, because of how often they rode the trains. Passenger service on this section of the D&H line ended in the 1930s. Freight service continued through the 1990s In our next video we are headed back to Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania

Bennington Battle Monument, The Real Story

Video 39 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

Wow, let’s learn about Bennington Battle Monument and the real stories of Patriot Colonel John Stark and British General John Burgoyne. Bennington and Saratoga might be a best kept secret if they didn’t have the prominent obelisks towering over the skyline. And we had twice as much content about Benedict Arnold and other stories to share but limited ourselves to the best 15 minutes that we hope you will enjoy. Happy Trails!

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Norman Rockwell Story and Paintings, Rutland and Arlington, Vermont

Video 38 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

If you like the charm of Americans between the 1920s and 1980s, you will love Norman Rockwell’s stunning paintings portraying the times, lives and relationships of everyday Americans and their stories.

Sabbaday Falls + Lebanon, NH, Rails to Trails Bike Ride

Video 37 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

Sabbaday Falls is truly a remarkable gift with breathtaking waterfall views – not to be missed if you visit the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Then heading Southwest to Lebanon, we were pleasantly surprised to find an Elks Lodge adjacent to the “Rails to Trails” former 58 mile train route – an excellent place to ride your bike or walk through the woods, adjacent to streams, rivers and Mascoma Lakes.

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White Mountains National Forest, Blackberry Campground – eBike Sightseeing

Video 37 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

On Part 2 of our Fall Colors expedition in the White Mountains National Forest, we stayed at the heavily wooded Blackberry Crossing Campground. And once we parked our RV, what better a way to see the sights than to hope on the trusty Rad City eBike. And tomorrow we are headed for awesome Sabbaday Falls and heading South to Vermont.

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RVing in Fall Colors: Kancamagus Highway, White Mountain National Forest

Video 36 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

FINALLY, on our RV trip around America we are treated to spectacular fall colors along the Kancamagus highway while in the White Mountain National Park. We can hardly contain our excitement. Join us as we drive through the state of “Live Free or Die”, New Hampshire.

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5 Years of living with a husky! Beast of burden? You decide!

On Aug 08th of 2015 we took a chance to bring home a rescue husky who was called Kaliki. One of the best things we ever did. Is he a lot of work? YES! Is he worth every moment of it Yes! (Now you know this is his Mommy talking right!) There have been some challenges but thankfully I married the dog whisper himself so together we have adapted to this new family. We hope you enjoy our boy as much as we do and we’d love to hear about you and your fur babies so please tell us about them.

Music: All We Need by Adam Brock

The Cold Side (Instrumental) – Colton Venner

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Acadia NP, Then & Now + Biking Carriage Trails

Video 35 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

On day two of in Acadia National Park we enjoyed a fabulous bike ride on the Carriage Trails. There are 57 miles of Carriage Trails, we opted for the ones that took us around Jordan’s Pond and Eagle Lake. If you love our National Parks as much as we do than we invite you to join us on our ride as we learn some of the fascinating history of how the park was started as well as some of the best and most popular places be sure and to while you visit.

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Hiking in Acadia National Park – Trust the Journey

Video 34 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

When traveling cross-county, many of us map out our general route and drop some pins along our “bucket list” of favorite spots to see. 
 
Some of us are planners, where the whole journey needs to first be mapped out and planned. Others like Michael and I are more of a “just wing it” type. We generally have a good idea of our plans between driving, taking care of our furry pupster Kaliki and stocking the RV with supplies.   Later we figure out where we are going to stay, without micro-managing our daily agenda – yeah, we’re the “wing it” couple. 
So on this trip heading to the far North to York, Maine we decided that since we were only a few hundred miles to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, we continued our northerly sojourn.
To make the most of our time in the Acadia National Park, we rose early to assure we would be able to find parking for our 25 foot RV (large parking spots are few and far between). That said, the park offers a nice transit system free of charge that can take visitors around the 27-mile loop, complete with hop-on and off privileges.
We jumped off at Sand Beach and on the spur of the moment, decided to try The Great Head Trail.

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Lobster in York Beach to Bar Harbor, Maine

Video 33 of our Series, Around the USA in 90 Days!

In our latest video we are in the beautiful state of Maine. It’s mid Sept and the weather is perfect! We stop to visit our friend Creda who wines us and dines us over a scrumptious Lobster meal. Creda is a local artist and we share some of her art as well as some of York’s history. You can see more of Creda’s amazing art on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?…

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