Monday, August 22, 2011
Drive west toward the Hudson from Tivoli and you will find this gem, Claremont Park. I mentioned it once in my Red Hook post but decided it deserves a little more attention. We visited it at sunset and brought a frisbee. What ensued was a super-athletic game of catch that had us running up and down the park's massive hills:
When you first set eyes on the rolling hills of Claremont Park, your first instinct will be to run. Of course you will probably quickly tire, because come on, who runs these days? But feel free to throw your arms out and let loose. Running up and down grassy hills is weirdly, a little magical.
Below Claremont is the Hudson and running along the river bank is the railroad track that services Amtrak and Metro North. We drove down to the tracks because our hostess had been fascinated with them since witnessing several cars driving on the gravel path between them and the river. We decided to investigate:
We drove our car down along the tracks and noticed others had been doing the same and parking near the water to fish. We also encountered some sort of ruins - a cement structure covered in graffiti and another family that was on the tracks for reasons we couldnt really figure out. A train came and we cowered behind our car as it passed. It was flew by us with such force that the car shook and we were thankful for its protection.
Things that I will never tire of: Summer, sunsets on the Hudson and unplanned adventures.
This is the perfect afternoon trip. Pack a frisbee and some beers, bug spray and your best friends and watch the sun go down from one of the park's great hills.