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  1. #1
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    Summer Saturday Upstate NY (Hudson Valley)

    So I drove upstate last Saturday to visit my dad. My sister was driving him over to a Maine to visit one of my other sisters so I got there early. My kids and wife had their own shit going on so I was on my own all day. I figured I would stop someplace in the Hudson Valley for a paddle on my way back home. I visited my dad; they hit the road and I went ahead and mowed his lawn for him. It was hot enough that about halfway through I really wanted a Utica Club. I finished up and checked his fridge. Nothing. Easy solution.

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    There it is.

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    Luckily I thought to steal some ice and a ziploc from my dad. There was a lunchbox in my cars backseat already. My blue cooler would have been better but we make do.

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    Gassed up.

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    Grabbed some early lunch down the road.

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    mmmm

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    Then I hit the road again. As I got on the Thruway I was starting to think Rondout Creek. Iíve explored different bits and pieces of the Rondout before. Itís pretty idyllic at times.

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    Near where it empties into the Hudson in Kingston.

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    Of course this is upstate so thereís a canal. The lower Rondout used to be part of the Delaware & Hudson Canal. There are still lots of dams and defunct locks and stuff.

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    Itís not all pretty though.

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    Closer to its source up in the Catskills.

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    So one section I hadnít paddled before is called Highfalls. There is a town called High Falls too. Thereís supposed to be a D&H Canal Museum there so I punched that into my phone and followed the directions. Iím not sure if I drove past the museum and didnít spot it or if itís closed or what but I couldnít find it. I did stumble across this.

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    I had the whole day to kill and Iím pretty fascinated by canals so I gave it a shot.

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    it turned out I wasnít all that interested after all. I made it to two locks out of the five and got bored.

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    High Falls turned out to be your typical funky HV spot. Itís not all that far from Woodstock.

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    I ended doing two or three laps of town before I found my put-in which was just above the actual high falls.

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    It turned out to be about as gentle a place to paddle as you could ever expect.

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    I was theoretically paddling upstream but there was almost no current. I did find a shallow spot at one point. Somebody had anchored some homemade channel markers on one side. Never saw that before. Super helpful.

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    There were some houses here and there along the bank, and a golf course. I found myself wondering how much these people spent on this deck.

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    Typical upstate: a wooden deck mounted on some pontoons with a trolling motor on the back.

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    More gentle summer creek paddling. I was disappointed there wasnít any visible canal evidence on this section. Nice workout though.

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    Then, in the distance I spotted an island with some smoke wafting through the trees. As I got closer I could see a variety of different small boats along its shore- kayaks, canoes, row boats, inflatable paddle boardsÖ party spot.

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    As I got closer they called out and offered me a beer. I told them I had it covered and thanked them and kept going. They looked like they were having fun- probably twenty folks of all ages just hanging out grilling and drinking and laying in hammocks while the kids and a dog played in a stream. Awesome spot for it.

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    Of course now Iím thinking about a beer so pretty soon I sort of lost interest in my workout.

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    I canít even describe how good the first mouthful of an ice cold Utica Club tastes on a hot summer afternoon while floating in a kayak on Rondout Creek, after paddling upstream for forty minutes or an hour. It was very satisfying.Iím not gonna say you should buy a flat bottomed kayak just to make drinking beer easier but I will say that it DOES make it easier.

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    This should have been the leisurely down- current drifting part of the trip but there was zero flow to this section of the Rondout so I had to keep paddling.

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    Made it back; probably only spent two hours on the water.

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    Further readingÖ

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  2. #2
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    one of my favorite tgr posts ever. thanks for the tour.

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    Holy shit, cement is Upstate?

    Five stars, would read again. Great TR.
    I still call it The Jake.

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    great read, thanks

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    I especially like how the story comes to a climax with an Ice Cold UC, just after you were invited to the orgy.
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    This is exactly how it is supposed to be done. Excellent work. Fantastic start to my day.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    I especially like how the story comes to a climax with an Ice Cold UC, just after you were invited to the orgy.
    That beer tasted so good. I forgot to include that there were chickens in High Falls too.

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    Utica Club, eh?
    Gotta try if I see it!

    Thanks for the tour!!

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    Capitol District into Hudson Valley is a good combo.

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    Best TR since Tedski!

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    Brownski brings it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatchgreenchile View Post
    Best TR since Tedski!
    Thanks. This is about the nicest compliment Iíve ever gotten. Hopefully Tedski is still lurking round here and got to read this. He would fit right in in the upstate I expect.

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    mmmm, Stewart's. Almost made me book a flight home.

    ... almost.

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    This TR is Upstate as fuck. Nice work.
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    Awesome!!!!

    I grew up in Poughkeepsie. I left for college in California in September 1993, and I rarely get to go back in the summer. I spent summers in Santa Barbara, we had to sign a one year lease in Isla Vista so you really might as well, so I would get to go home for Christmas and a few weeks during the summer and that's it. We go back for the holidays, but other than a few random trips I have spent very little time there during the summer. In fact, I don't think I have been there, aside from the holidays, since a friend's wedding in 2010.

    Thank you for sharing this. It reminds of just how beautiful it is back home during the summer. I need to get back at some point soon. I enjoy going over the holidays, but the green hills and the river are just awesome.

    My sister lives in Woodstock. She might very well know that spot. It definitely looks very Woodstock.
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    Nice TR.....always get a kick out of the "Up in the Catskills"

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    Quote Originally Posted by steved View Post
    Nice TR.....always get a kick out of the "Up in the Catskills"
    Well, you know, in context, Peekamoose Blue Hole is upstream and at a higher elevation than High Falls so it is accurate in this case.

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    Sweet write up Brownski, thanks for sharing that!

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    Nice Brownski, way to make the most out of a hall pass!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brownski View Post
    That beer tasted so good. I forgot to include that there were chickens in High Falls too.

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    Speaking of chickens. I'm doing a bike race on Wed night in Mount Morris where the winner gets a live chicken. Second place is goat cheese. Third place is eggs. Thinking of throwing the race because who the hell wants a live chicken?

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    A live chicken is powerful juju……








    with great power comes great responsibility.




    fact.

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    Hmmm I could use some juju and sacrificing that chicken could set me up for good things come cyclocross season.

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    Pretty sure you get to eat chicken afterwards anyway… just gotta give the various gods first dibs on the drumsticks. so, pretty much a win-win for everybody but the chicken.

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    Iím waiting to catch a flight to Newark right now. Looking at this calmed my stress level a little.

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