Spring Travels 2016 – East Coast #2

After Williamsburg we headed north making our way to Lewes, Delaware where we will spend a night. This is Dogfish Head micro-brewery country a must do is to check out this famous brew. An unexpected highlight of the trip was the 23-mile drive over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. After Lewes the next stop is son Paul in Downingtown, PA. There is a very convenient RV park to set the RV just outside of town at the Brandywine Creek Campground.

Dogfish Head great craft beer

Dogfish Head great craft beer

Paul and Marty always manage to feed us well and keep us busy. Over the years one of the favorite adventures has been Longwood gardens. It is a premier horticulture display on over thousand acres. It has impressive grounds and fountains although the main fountains are under reconstruction. In the past we visited there in the summer and fall so this is our first spring visit. Interestingly it is located in an area where the native Lenni Lenape Tribe lived (also known as the Delaware Indians). My great-great-great-grandparents are from that tribe. Last winter in my genealogy research found link which was a surprise.

This part of the post is all about the pictures.

Longwood Gardens exceptional grounds

Longwood Gardens exceptional grounds

Jan and Paul at Longwood

Jan and Paul at Longwood

One of the many fountains

One of the many fountains

Threatening rain clouds in the background

Threatening rain clouds in the background

Nice photo opt

Nice photo opt

Paul in the tree house

Paul in the tree house

Larry at the tree house

Larry at the tree house

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood

Longwood Foxgloves

Longwood Foxgloves

Longwood

Longwood

Spring at Longwood Gardens

Spring at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

Paul Longwood Gardens

Paul Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Paul and Jan enjoying the Conservatory

Paul and Jan enjoying the Conservatory

Larry and Paul enjoying the day at Longwood Gardens

Larry and Paul enjoying the day at Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

The next adventure for Larry and Paul was the National Watch and Clock Museum located in Lancaster County. The museum was interesting and there was a very large collection. There were many one of a kind displays as well as themed exhibits. It was curated with lots of text which we did not have time to get through. Of course there was a Micro-Brewery Columbia Kettle Works Craft Brewing close by that warranted a stop on this afternoon outing.

The National Watch and Clock Museum Lancaster, PA

The National Watch and Clock Museum Lancaster, PA

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

Conservatory Longwood Gardens

One of a kind traveling mechanical machine, yes we saw it in action...

One of a kind traveling mechanical machine, yes we saw it in action…

Watch store exhibit

Watch store exhibit

Plenty of educational curation on the world of clocks and clock making

Plenty of educational curation on the world of clocks and clock making

Really enjoyed seeing these old clocks

Really enjoyed seeing these old clocks

Columbia Kettle Works craft brewery nice stop at the end of the clock tour

Columbia Kettle Works craft brewery nice stop at the end of the clock tour

Jan and Marty had their own adventure heading off to Winterthur, a DuPont Museum (estate) in Delaware. The focus is on Americana in the US. This home was built for display by Henry DuPont who was an antique collector and horticulturist. It is always a worthwhile stop. It had been several years since we visited the museum. Pictures follow…

Winterur - Dupont Estate

Winterur – Dupont Estate

Winterthur - Dupont Estate

Winterthur – Dupont Estate

Winterthur - Dupont Estate

Winterthur – Dupont Estate

Marty Paul and Jan with Larry behind the camera

Marty Paul and Jan with Larry behind the camera

Brandywine Creek, photo taken on an early morning walk

Brandywine Creek flows through the RV park

Brandywine Creek flows through the RV park

Next stop is Jersey City, NJ and the Liberty RV Park and Marina. The trip north on the NJ Turnpike is always interesting for us Midwestern’s who are not use to 10 plus lanes in one direction especially with a RV in tow. The turnpike and the Holland Tunnel extension takes us right into Jersey City. Actually the trip is fairly easy now that we have done it many times. If you follow this route to the park, make sure you get off at the right place or you end up going through the Holland Tunnel under the Hudson River. The Liberty Marina is a great place to stay as it is close to New Jersey Transit system and links with the NYC subway system. It is also right next door to the Statue of Liberty State Park. Although we miss the park this time due to the rain.

In the City we will catch up with Karl and Cully and in Brooklyn with Grand Daughter Fiona and John.

Liberty Marina and RV Park Jersey City

Liberty Marina and RV Park Jersey City

From the park you can see the World Trade Center Complex and the Statue of Liberty. Also very interesting was the German rolling hotel…we saw this last time we here as well.

Rotel tour bus is an interesting concept for group travel

Rotel tour bus is an interesting concept for group travel

Very convenient to the RV Park you can catch two PATH trains into NYC. The destination stations are 33rd Station and the World Trade Center. Karl works in one of the World Trade Center towers, I think he said the 47th floor?

World Trade Center

World Trade Center

Inside World Trade Center

Inside World Trade Center

We love poking around the city the Chelsea market is a frequent stop. Interesting fact is that the building is where the Oreo Cookie was invented and produced.

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market

Another favorite thing to do is the High Line linear park. It is constructed on an old elevated railroad spur. It is a great walk with many views, lots of flowers, interesting paths and always a place to take a photo or two. It calls us back each time we get to the City.

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City

High Line Park New York City - Hudson River in the background

High Line Park New York City – Hudson River in the background

High Line Park New York City end at the river

High Line Park New York City end at the river

Here some NYC shots that caught my eye as we wandered the streets of Manhattan.

In the City parking can be complicated

In the City parking can be complicated

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

Macy's on Broadway

Macy’s on Broadway

Soho color

Soho color

NYC Photo Opt

NYC Photo Opt

Soho color

Soho color

Jan's favorite spice store...it is impressive

Jan’s favorite spice store…it is impressive

Always looking for a different place to eat. Easy to do in the City. Here are a couple of our lunch finds

Great spot for our lunch

Great spot for our lunch

Another good eating experience

Another good eating experience

Since we have done most of the main museums in NYC, the target is now some of the smaller ones. This year was Museum of the City of New York. Jan and I both enjoyed it a lot. However, some of the humor and displays went over our head as I think you had to be from the City to get. Coming out of the museum we encounter the ladies who were having a spring fling in Central Park…lots of color for sure… That is why we love coming to the Big City when we can.

Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

Central Park spring show has a bit of color

Central Park spring show has a bit of color

We caught up with Karl and did a walk in Central Park. Never get tired of seeing the park, it is an amazing place. It was even good in the rain.

Central Park along the lake

Central Park along the lake

Central Park New York City

Central Park New York City

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Central Park

Fiona and John invited us for pizza. There we had a nice evening with Karl and Cully, Mark was in the City and Marty came down from PA for the family event. It was good to see where Fiona and John live and be with family. But this was Wednesday night so some of the more distant working folks got left out.

Family gathering hosted by Fiona and John

Family gathering hosted by Fiona and John

Family get together in Brooklyn

Family get together in Brooklyn

Marty Karl and Cully

Marty Karl and Cully

John Mark and Jan in conversation...

John Mark and Jan in conversation…

This year we took on the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time. It was a nice experience, plenty of views and lots of foot traffic. As we were headed to Brooklyn anyway this fit in the schedule nicely. During the walk you see the Statue of Liberty, the Manhattan Bridge, action on the Hudson and great views of the skyline, picture to follow…

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk

Brooklyn Bridge walk - Padlocks on bridges symbolize love with couples names enscribed

Brooklyn Bridge walk – Padlocks on bridges symbolize love with couples names enscribed

Statute of Liberty off to the right

Statute of Liberty off to the right

Manhattan Bridge to the left

Manhattan Bridge to the left

One of the more eclectic experience is the New York Transit Museum. We did this several years ago and really enjoyed the experience. The museum is in an old Brooklyn Subway stop. Good information on the subway system the how, what, when and where. One of main exhibit was the plan to deal with disasters and other emergencies which both of us found it very educational. The tour is also a flash back in time as you wander through all the old vintage cars with the advertising banners still in place. These banners show us a glimpse into life in the city as well life at that specific time period.

New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn

New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

New York Transit Museum

Of course what you do in the City, you eat. Thursday night we caught up with Karl and Cully for dinner. Interesting place with the theme of faux meat. Actually it was very good and would go back.

Dinner with Cully and Karl at the Red Bamboo

Dinner with Cully and Karl at the Red Bamboo

Jan and Karl

Jan and Karl

Next stop is Kingston, NY to catch up with son Mark and Kevin. Mark and Kevin bought a house there and this will be our first visit. It is an easy drive from New Jersey to Saugerties, NY where we will be staying at the Rip Van Winkle RV Park. This area there has many references to Rip Van Winkle as the legend starts here in the Catskill Mountains of NY.

Mark at home in Kingston, NY

Mark at home in Kingston, NY

First on the list was a tour of Moresca by Kevin. This is where he works. Moresca is a clothing and costume shop. It has been around for over 40 years making Medieval, Renaissance, Fantasy Clothing and costumes. The tour blows one away with it depth and breadth of products. In addition, the old building and grounds had a creative flare all by themselves.

Tour of Moresca by Kevin

Tour of Moresca by Kevin

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

Moresca

What do you think?

What do you think?

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Warehouse

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Moresca Grounds

Mark and Kevin fixed us a late breakfast but first we rounded up the ingredients at the Saturday morning Kingston’s Farmers Market. We also got a tour of the town which has an interesting history as it was once the capitol of New York. They also took us on a hike along the Hudson River.

Mark and Kevin in their Kingston digs

Mark and Kevin in their Kingston digs

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Kingston Farmers Market Shopping for Breakfast

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Hike Along the Hudson River

Historic Kingston

Historic Kingston

Kingston the Artistic side

Kingston the Artistic side

Mark being Mark

Mark being Mark

Kingston City Park has a Trolley

Kingston City Park has a Trolley

Along the Wallkill rail trail in the middle of the woods is this place that sells food. We sampled their goodies from the outside wood oven. It was very good.

Pizza oven along the Wallkill Bike Trail

Pizza oven along the Wallkill Bike Trail

Strong recommendation for the Rip Van Winkle Park for those staying in the Catskills area. It is well run and has a beautiful setting. Mark and Kevin came out for dinner and a campfire. The first real fire this time out.

Rip Van Winkle RV Park Saugerties, NY

Rip Van Winkle RV Park Saugerties, NY

RV Photo opt

RV Photo opt

Dinner at Rip Van Winkle

Dinner at Rip Van Winkle

After dinner campfire

After dinner campfire

Ending the visit was a trip to a nearby town, Rosendale for a fun dinner outside (a bit cool but fun). Here are Mark, Jan and Kevin posing for the last family shot. Looking forward to the next time we can get back to Kingston and the Catskills.

By Water Bistro, Rosendale, NY

By Water Bistro, Rosendale, NY

After dinner shot Mark, Jan and Kevin

After dinner shot Mark, Jan and Kevin

Once again it was time to get back on the road heading north. Still a week left on the road before getting back to Michigan.

God Bless,

Larry and Jan

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