(Semi) Sober at the Hudson River Craft Beer Fest

“I won’t be driving to Wappingers Falls later — I’m gonna be schwasted.” The 20-something white dude wearing a baseball cap toed forward in the line entering the Hudson River Craft Beer Fest while pontificating about the various brews he would drink and how each brew would get him further schwasted. Although it was ten…

Environmental Groups Attack Proposal to Separate Hudson River from Atlantic

Six proposals are on the table to protect New York City and its surroundings from catastrophic flooding, including two plans to separate the city’s harbor — and therefore the Hudson River — from the Atlantic Ocean with a combination of seawalls and gated storm surge barriers. Hudson River environmental groups have attacked these two plans,…

Hudson Valley moose

Moose in the Hudson Valley

Moose are now occasionally spotted in the Hudson Valley as their population expands west and south from the obscure corners of northern New England that the massive quadruped was forced into by the region’s development. The moose’s historical range stretches down from Canada through New York and into Pennsylvania, but deforestation almost completely extirpated the…

Mount Beacon – A Very Urban Hike

The Casino Trail to Mount Beacon is a popular hike to a popular destination. Both are not as popular as they were in the early 20th century, when one had to simply hop on the Mount Beacon Incline Railway to ascend the mountain, and there was a resort waiting on top. But that’s good. I…

Hiking Brace Mountain in the South Taconics

I was driving down a stretch of road in Columbia County when I went into Hudson Valley tour guide mode and decided to point out to my down-state passenger the Catskill Mountains to our west and the Taconic Mountains to our east. “Taconic Mountains?” the other passenger in the car snootily quipped, “…more like hills.”…