1 Driving north on US-9 along the majestic Hudson River, we encountered some amazing ice formations.
2 There was a turn-off, so we stopped the car to take some photos.
3 Water was dripping through crevices on the rocky embankment, creating such interesting icicles!
4 Ice-covered branches
5 A cascade of ice
6 The icicles looked like beautiful stalactites.
7 It was just stunning!
8 Meanwhile, Francesca seemed to be enjoying the view.
9 Just around the bend, we found the Bear Mountain Bridge.
10 Although plans to build a bridge here date as far back as 1868, construction didn't start until 1923 with completion in 1924. It was the longest suspension bridge in the world for a couple of years.
11 At that time, there were no fixed vehicular crossings of the Hudson River south of Albany, New York State's capital. Vehicles crossed via ferry boats.
12 This bridge connects the northwestern corner of Westchester County to the lovely Bear Mountain State Park and nearby West Point Military Academy.
13 Along this shore of the Hudson are the rails for Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line and Amtrak trains.
14 This is a very scenic area along the Hudson.
15 This is the beginning of what is know as the Hudson Highlands.
16 Nearing the other shoreline and looking down, you can see the tracks and tunnel of a freight train line.
17 The Bear Mountain bridge carries one 12-foot-wide lane in each direction for US-6 and US-202.
18 The roadway has eight-foot-wide shoulders for pedestrians and cyclists. Those shoulders also accommodate the Maine-to-Georgia Appalachian Trail through this scenic vista.
19 This is a narrow stretch of the river, but still, from beginning to end, the bridge measures 2,332 feet.
20 Approaching the tollhouse
21 Tolls used to be collected from cars going in each direction. Today a toll of $1.00 is collected in the eastbound direction only.
22 My friend, Kathy Sloane, on the porch of Beaverkill Valley Inn, which was built 1893 as a lodge for anglers. http://www.beaverkillvalleyinn.com/
23 I would love to come back in warmer weather to fish for trout and to rock on this wrap-around porch.
24 One of two sitting rooms, with their original oak trim
25 The fireplaces are also original to the building.
26 The dining room has all of its original trim, as well.
27 The home-owner's association for the inn chose wallpapers, fabrics, and furniture that were true to the building's historic appearance.
28 Laurance and Wendy Rockefeller hosted a friendly lunch for about 60 of their friends in one of the barns out back.
29 Here I am with the adorable Fox Sloane, Kathy's grandson.
30 Kathy, her daughter-in-law Erin, and Fox
31 Kathy's son - Patrick and baby Fox
32 After lunch, we visited Laurance and Wendy's farmhouse.
33 The Rockefellers' barn was turned into a huge and fun playhouse, with ping pong, a pool table, and even an ice cream bar!
34 The countryside is quite lovely with the rolling hills of the Catskills.
35 Entering the village of Andes, NY, we came upon this handsome old building. I just love those doors.
36 Fisk Barn Antiques is housed in a beautiful two story, rescued and completely renovated barn. This shop has very distinctive antiques and collectibles.
37 We dropped in on a really fabulous vintage clothing shop called Clementines. http://www.clementinevintageclothing.com/visit_store.html
38 At Clementines, the clothing is hand selected specifically for the Catskill's lifestyle - great classics that become old favorites.
39 I saw something I really liked!
40 Misha Mayers, the owner of Clementines, has worked in fashion merchandising for many years and has a real eye for clothing.
41 Misha's shop is very popular with both residents and visitors passing through Andes.
42 Our last stop was at Kathy's newly renovated home - Abigail Davenport, Erin Sloane, Patrick Sloane, GK, Me, Sloane Davenport, Charlie Davenport, kathy Sloane, Harvey Sloane