Autumn In New Paltz, New York

A New Beginning

Several years ago when first I transferred from Plattsburgh to New Paltz, New York, I didn’t know what to expect. My emotions were an equal mix of both excitement and fear as I began a new chapter in my life. Having arrived in New Paltz, I was to embark on a new life, with a new view outside my bedroom window, while pursuing a new course of study at the State University of New York at New Paltz. I was indeed reinvigorated and so had a “new pulse” within me. Having loaded practically everything I owned into my Saturn to the point of bursting, I drove to what would become my new home for the better part of the next decade.

I wish I could tell you that my situation in the early going that things were nothing short of fabulous and couldn’t have been better. I wish that I could tell you that I had plenty to eat and lived leisurely in the lap of luxury without a worry in the world. But then I would be lying, because the truth was that I slept atop a makeshift-bed that was nothing more than a folded comforter laid out on my floor. The rest of the bedding consisted of a second comforter and two pillows. My source of entertainment consisted of my Dell computer, a 13-inch color TV with a missing remote, a Nintendo N64, a Trek mountain bike and a hundred or so books. I didn’t have cable either as I couldn’t afford it. I lived on a very tight budget—off college loans and financial aid. Some of the ways in which I was able to survive is highlighted in another one of my hubs: How to Save Money For a House.

But in spite of living off $25 a week on groceries and living in a tiny studio apartment between three apple orchards, I was happy. At the time, I lacked a checking account and so paid all my bills with postal money orders and so didn’t lose any sleep at night wondering whether or not the check I sent out that day would suddenly get rubbery and bounce. I loved that I had no one to answer to or dodgy roommates to pester for their share of the bills, because for the first time in my life, I finally had a place I could call my own and hang my New York Giants cap. I loved the fact that life had given me a second opportunity to make a New Impression. The wild turkeys, raccoons, blue jays, cardinals, deer, black bear and occasional mountain lion were now my companions.

Lake Minnewaska, Minnewaska State Park
Lake Minnewaska, Minnewaska State Park

Beauty and Outdoor Activities Abound

It was tough at first to not become a hermit within the confines of my hovel after coming from a rowdy college lifestyle. Upon starting my new life in New Paltz, I wanted only to get my degree and keep to myself. Aside from attending classes, the only other place I went to was work to supplement my income. But everywhere I looked there was natural beauty all around me. Here's what I found:

Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Lake Awosting

Minnewaska State Park in the Fall
Minnewaska State Park in the Fall

Minnewaska State Park Preserve and Lake Awosting

New Paltz' Minnewaska State Park is a 21,106 acre preserve located in the Shawangunk Ridge (the 'Gunks' for short) region or about 90 miles north of New York City. For the most part, visitors use the park for picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and swimming. There are a total of three sky lakes at Minnewaska, including Lake Minnewaska, Lake Awosting, and Mud Pond. Lake Minnewaska is approximately a mile long and a quarter of a mile wide. Lake Awosting is about double its size. 

Rock Climbing in New Paltz

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Awosting Falls, Minnewaska State Park
Awosting Falls, Minnewaska State Park
The Beach at Lake Awosting
The Beach at Lake Awosting
Lake Minnewaska, Minnewaska State Park
Lake Minnewaska, Minnewaska State Park
Split Rock Falls, New Paltz, NY. Courtesy Photobucket.com
Split Rock Falls, New Paltz, NY. Courtesy Photobucket.com

Outdoor Activities

  • Rock Climbing: Some of the best rock climbing in America can be found at the Shawangunk Mountains or “Gunks” for short, which is on…There are over 1,200 documented climbing routes in the Gunks. The Gunks is, according to Wikepedia, is “the single busiest climbing destination in North America, with some 50,000 technical climbers visiting the area each year.” Mountain Project, one of the premier rock climbing sites recommend enthusiasts to visit the Gunks in the months of September and October. In doing so, climbers will get to enjoy the fall foliage and cool weather among a host of other amenities. If you are indeed planning to visit the Gunks, make sure that you visit Rock & Snow for all of your rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, and cross-country skiing needs.
  • Mountain Biking: Lightseycycles.com hails New Paltz’ Mohonk and Minnewaska State Park Preserve as being the, “Mecca of the northeast.” If you are looking to buy, rent, or service a mountain bike in the Hudson Valley region, I highly recommend that you visit Lightsey Cycles in Gardiner, as they are the premier bike shop. I used to get my Trek tuned-up annually by them. Land of Oz, The Trapps, Shangri La, and Bounticou Tour are all mountain biking trails that are located in New Paltz. All trails have different levels of difficulty ranging from beginner to expert. If you prefer to stay in town and are in need of a mountain bike, New Paltz' own Bicycle Rack should suffice your needs.
  • Hiking: For those of you who prefer a light, light impact work out while taking in New Paltz' beautiful scenery, hiking might be your thing. Depending on the time of year, you might just get lucky and find wild strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to munch on. I highly recommend bringing with you a digital camera because if you do, there are many opportunities to take some awesome pictures. You won't want to miss out.

If and when you do any one of these activities, I highly recommend that you bring a backpack and carry with you plenty of fresh water, insect repellent, a poncho, and a first-aid kit. You should also where either comfortable running or hiking shoes and socks with good ventilation. Just a word of warning, the cell reception in both Minnewaska and the Shawangunks is poor, due to the high elevation and lack of cell-towers. Make sure you get all of your questions by the park ranger and/or appropriate people answered before heading out. I've actually written another hub that just might help you in a worst-case scenario titled, Wilderness First-Aid and Outdoor Survival. I hope it helps.

Sky Top Ridge, Shawangunks
Sky Top Ridge, Shawangunks

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Delicious apple cider donuts
Delicious apple cider donuts
A wide variety of jams and preserves
A wide variety of jams and preserves
A larger variety of local and imported cheeses
A larger variety of local and imported cheeses
Hot apple cider, perfect in the fall
Hot apple cider, perfect in the fall

Two Great Places

Wallkill View Farm Market

En route to the Shawangunks, you certainly won't want to miss Wallkill View Farm Market. During the fall, they serve complimentary delicious hot cider and usually have samples of some of their delicious baked goods, not up to and including apple cider donuts, pies, breads and cookies that are all baked on the premises. They also carry a great assortment of locally produced honey and maple syrup, eggs, jams, jellies, and dessert dressings. They also have a wide array of New York cheeses as well. When I lived in New Paltz, I could always count on finding some of the freshest fruits and vegetables the Hudson Valley had to offer, as they were top-notch and predominantly organic and locally grown. Their fresh peaches and apples are hand-picked and come in their own little baskets which for some reason I find very attractive. Their prices are also very reasonable and their staff are very family and are always willing and able to assist you.

Hurd's Family Farm

Hurd's Family Farm is actually located about 5 miles from New Paltz, in Modena, New York but is definitely worth your while to visit their 120-acre farm. Hurd’s Family Farm plays host to some of the Hudson Valley’s best venues for apple picking—some of which include Autumn Rose Fuji (my favorite), Honey Crisp and many more. In addition, you can also pick blueberries, raspberries, pears, sunflowers, tomatoes (Big Beef, Brandy Wine, Primetime, and Super Sweet are some of the most popular), basil, pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, and when in season, Indian corn. They are also corn mazes to challenge you and plenty of other activities for the kids. Also available are specialty items, including homemade delicious apple-butter (great on pancakes), apple-pepper relish, honey, maple syrup and much more. There's also hot-mulled cider, locally pressed cider, apple cake, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and Hurd's own Apple Blossom Queen: Sliced apple, caramel, chopped nuts and topped off with fresh whipped cream.

Bonus Rock Climbing Photo

Shawangunk rock climbing. Courtesy of mountainproject.com
Shawangunk rock climbing. Courtesy of mountainproject.com

Just a few of my companions

Once while driving home from class, I saw one of these guys...He crossed my path and ran up a mountain!
Once while driving home from class, I saw one of these guys...He crossed my path and ran up a mountain!
I've seen these guys too--three times to be exact.  One was trying to cross the road while a rabbit dangled from his mouth.
I've seen these guys too--three times to be exact. One was trying to cross the road while a rabbit dangled from his mouth.
While driving home during a blizzard at a blazing 10 miles an hour, I saw two black bear cubs walking.  I could have touched them they were so close by (but would've been foolish).
While driving home during a blizzard at a blazing 10 miles an hour, I saw two black bear cubs walking. I could have touched them they were so close by (but would've been foolish).
As you can imagine, the outlying area of New Paltz are littered with these.  Believe it or not, they can do some serious damage to your car.
As you can imagine, the outlying area of New Paltz are littered with these. Believe it or not, they can do some serious damage to your car.
And of course, our beloved deer.  I got to see them every morning when waking up.  They loved to feast on all the low-hanging trees.  I'm always amazed by how quick and agile they really are.
And of course, our beloved deer. I got to see them every morning when waking up. They loved to feast on all the low-hanging trees. I'm always amazed by how quick and agile they really are.

The Colors of Autumn

Courtesy fallfoliage-usa.com
Courtesy fallfoliage-usa.com

New Paltz Video

Autumn Blueberry Bushes. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #88.
Autumn Blueberry Bushes. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #88.
Split Rock. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #105.
Split Rock. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #105.
Autumn, Peterskill. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #41.
Autumn, Peterskill. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #41.
Leaf in Stream. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #29.
Leaf in Stream. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #29.
Mossy Brook Autumn. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #61.
Mossy Brook Autumn. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #61.
Autumn Copes View. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #40.
Autumn Copes View. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #40.
Lake Awosting Falls, Autumn Panoramic. Gallery #P-0094.
Lake Awosting Falls, Autumn Panoramic. Gallery #P-0094.
Late Autumn Sun, Lake Awosting. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #P-oo92.
Late Autumn Sun, Lake Awosting. Courtesy G. Steve Jordan. Gallery #P-oo92.

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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

ah well dohn, sometimes living does not mean comfort or charmed existence. anyway, this was a great read, as usual. I enjoyed the virtual tour immensely. and cool cool pictures, by the way! thanks for sharing :D


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes! I always love reading your comments, Cris. I worked really hard on this one and took a heck of a long time completing it due to procrastinating on the forums :(

Thanks for the philosophy, by the way. While there, I found that the best things to do was free, like mountain biking the scenic views. Come to New Paltz anytime!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Thought I should return the favour of being the first to comment! LOL Yeah, I've been noticing you all over the forums and it's not a bad thing as long as you are enjoying yourself and not getting into "fights" (but a little spice won't hurt either).

This hubs reminds me that I wish we have autumn here in the Philippines. All we have are dry and wet seasons, and sometimes they both happen at the same time!

Yep, some of the best things in life are free, like reading your hubs and having you as a friend. :D


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You know you're always welcome, Cris. I've yet to get into a fight on the forums, but I'm sure I'm cruising for a smackdown soon, LOL. I've always been very peaceful, but won't hesitate to fight only when necessary :D A little spice is always nice to wake everyone up!

I sometimes wonder how my life would've been had I been raised in Laos. My relatives in Laos have it very difficult even in today's age of modernity. My aunt has a daughter that really wants to come to the U.S. someday. As soon as I can make some money, I'd sponsor her in a heartbeat.

Thanks again, my man. You certainly are a true friend :)


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

What a lovely lovely hub! I enjoy New York, esp in autumn. I have not been to New Palz, looks like i missed a beautiful place. Maybe next year will be a good time to check it out. Your journey makes good reading all the time. Thanks for sharing.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, IslandVoice. New Paltz will always be in my heart. My life had certainly changed for the better while there. I was going to delve into some of the amazingly eclectic mix of restaurants too, but found this hub to be too long to add more "filler." If you do decide to visit, I highly recommend going no later than the third week of October, as the leaves begin to drastically fall from the trees by then. However, if you wait until then, expect to fight some Manhattan-like traffic! Thank you so much for coming by!


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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Wow - it looks so beautiful. Amazing autumn colours. We do get autumn here in Melbourne but nothing as stunning as that. And all those lovely animals. You have made me want to visit. I am so greedy though - those apple cider doughnuts have got my mouth watering so I can see I will have to come for the food!


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

Beautiful, beautiful hub! Thank you, dohn. We love your hubs. Those pictures are WONDERFUL! I went to college at Albany State U and visited friends in that area, New Paltz, sometimes. It was a great drive along the Hudson River valley, which has some of the most beautiful scenery in NYS.


Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

What a wonderful, informative hub and such gorgeous pictures. Love the Hub and the insight into your community. If I ever make it to the sates, I might just put New Paltz on the agenda.

Thank you for taking the time to put this one together. Well worth the read


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Oh wow dohn!!!!! Amazing sceneries and great looking nature! Wish I was there to see all this? Nice hub pal. Thanks


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Dohn...I like these pics so much! Autumn with so many romantic colours, lakes, rocks and stones, animals.....

This is exatly what my soul - likes to see....

Bravo!

..and thank you.


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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Thanks for sharing. I was actually carried away by the nice pictures.


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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

the best among the pics are those guys you get to meet along the way. how lovely to see them but really foolish to be touching them! ha ha

like Cris, i wish, too, that there is autumn here in the Philippines. it looks like it is a lovely season to have and experience.


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awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

This is a great hub Dohn, the pictures are awesome especially the one of Lake Minnewaska and the cute wildlife. A little hard to fathom it's autumn there when it's the start of beautiful spring here. Unfortunately we had the biggest dust storm today in more than 3 decades and the entire city looked like Mars! Cheers!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Catherine R--The funny thing is, I want to visit Melbourne! How funny is that! I have an aunt there that's egging me to visit her there. Maybe you and I can swap places? :D Thank you.

Paradise7--Wow, you're a SUNY graduate too??? That's awesome to hear. I could've really been in some serious debt had I went to Northeastern University had I went with my original plan. The Hudson River Valley is certainly a sight to behold. Thanks!

Duchess O'Blunt--Thank you for that! I did take a really long time on this hub, searching for just the right material and pics (long, in accordance with my standards!) I hope you get to visit one day too--NY city is under 2 hours away.

Shamel--Thank you for your comment. I'd love for you to visit one day. You certainly won't be sorry you did. There are many other events there that I didn't get a chance to mention!

Tatjana-Mihaela--What a wonderful compliment from the person whose pics I admire most! Thank you so much, Tatjana-Mihaela. I can certainly vouch that New Paltz is romantic. I met the girl of my dreams there, LOL.

Philipo--Thank you! I believe that autumn is the best time to visit New Paltz. It's college (my alma mater) is fast becoming a very popular choice among incoming freshman due to its close proximity to NYC.

bingskee--Those bear cubs were amazing to see that snowy night. My only regret is that I didn't have my digital camera with me at the time. I would love to visit the Philippines one day myself! Thank you for visiting! :D

awsydney--Thank you for that awsydney. I guess the ideal situation to be in is to be able to spend the best seasons of both New York and Sydney...That way, you could consequently live in one season practically all-year long! Sorry to hear about the dust storm! Jeez, I hope everything is okay...


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Lily Rose 7 years ago from East Coast

Great article, Dohn - as usual! What a great place - we don't get that beautiful change of season scenery here in Florida and I miss it. Great pictures.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I loved Florida myself, but am not sure if I stand all of that heat! Sometimes we have to freeze our butts off up here so in that way, we learn to appreciate our spring, summer and fall! Thank you very much for stopping by! I appreciate the comment.


Scott.Life 7 years ago

What a beautiful place Dohn, reminds me of the Smoky Mountains here on my doorstep


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lrohner 7 years ago from USA

Very well done, Dohn. I remember being in New Paltz a few times with my Mom when I was very small, but can't remember why we were there! You have definitely brought the feel of New England to life. Great job!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Scott. Thank you. It sounds like your landscape is also blessed with plenty of natural eye-candy too. It would be tough for me to move out of the Northeast. I simply love it here. Thanks again.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Irohner! Due to my slow typing, I just got done saying that I love the Northeast. I feel right at home here, as I should, because I lived here for most of my life. Seeing all four seasons is certainly a blessing! I hope you get the chance to visit New Paltz again one day!


cosette 7 years ago

it was a "hovel" but it was all YOURS. plus it had a hundred books in it! i am smiling BIG reading this beautiful hub! here goes my finger on the UP button...


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, buddy. I was in the perfect environment to write, wouldn't you say? Like I've say before, nothing ever happens by accident. There is a definite purpose for everything! Do you see now why this hub took a few minutes shy of FOREVER? Thanks again :D


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Mrvoodoo 7 years ago from ?

Dude, that place is beautiful, some things are better than a huge wad in your wallet. Give me those views and a glass (or two) of that hot apple cider over millions in the bank any day (although both would be nice, lol).

Great hub Dohn. =)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yeah, I think all of us could use a little "lettuce" so we can make an "nice salad" LOL. Hot apple cider is simply amazing in the morning while on your porch or backyard while taking in the forest and mountain views...I know this for a fact :D

Thanks again, Mrvoodoo!


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Jesse-James 7 years ago

Hey man your Hub was great as usual; I know what it's like to live on things that may seem lower than the basics. Though I enjoy that you find joy in what you have as well as have a positive attitude toward all things. Your appreciation of your natural surroundings as well you having an N64 give you a larger sense of respect in my book.


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

This looks beautiful I have only spent >24 hours in New York waiting for my next flight because it was canceled due to snow.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, I'm definitely a huge fan on Nintendo! It's my belief that somewhere in our age of technology, fun-in-gaming was thrown out the window, when gaming systems focused on selling sex and violence to a much broader demographic and so forgot that video games were once designed for children who wanted to pass the time. Thank you very much for the comment. I see that we share many like interests!

P.S. go and find your "Lacey W. Hess." It'll kill you if you don't! You know that I can vouch for this!


Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

Dohn,

You did an outstanding job at putting this hub together. It looks like such a beautiful place. I would love to visit someday. I love nature. Thanks for sharing a little part of your life.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, UK. You definitely should visit sometime. The great thing is that it's so close to New York City (less than 2 hours). You won't regret it if you do :D As always, thank you for visiting. You are a friend.


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L. Marie Figtree 7 years ago from South Bay, CA

Dohn, thanks for posting such a well-thought-out and beautifully presented hub - I was enthralled by every feature - and since I'm still living the spartan lifestyle you so aptly described, it will be awhile before I can experience those tasty apple treats firsthand, and no doubt will need to take a few hikes and bike rides just to burn off those excess cals - LOL! But I'm sure it will be well worth it, considering the gorgeous scenery - meanwhile, do keep those lovely hubs coming - take care! ~ L.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

Wow dohn. This new hub of yours was worth the wait (saw in the forums that you said you haven't published one for 12 days before this hub). Great pics. Made me regret not visiting NY when I was assigned in California for 3 months =(. Oh well, maybe if I hit the jackpot in our Lotto (in my dreams LOL), I'll be able to go there :D.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

L. Marie Figtree--Sadly, I know what you mean. Times are rough and many of us can't quite do all of the things we wish we could do. Perhaps we could all get lucky and make our dreams come true. As far as those apple treats are concerned, everything in moderation, right? A little bit won't hurt! I thank you for you encouraging comment. I do work hard on my hubs, so hearing great feedback makes it that much worthwhile. Thanks!

emievil--Thank you, Ernie. It felt so good to finally click the PUBLISH button on this hub! I've been slacking off so much as of late, between watching my score sky rocket and then plummet with 24 hours! But I finally did it, that's all that matters! I hope you can visit one day! You'll absolutely love it! If and when you do, bring your niece! I'm sure she's a handful, but I'll be more than happy to babysit for you :D


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I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s 7 years ago

What a beautiful place! Have not been to NY much. Would love to road trip through the Northeast for the change of leaves sometime.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, I*n*v*i*c*t*u*s* There is nothing quite like New York and New England in autumn. One of the things I miss about New Paltz is the smell of apples during this time of year. Just driving by the orchards with your windows down you can smell the sweetness of the ripened apples. I hope you get a chance to experience it yourself one day!


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Lgali 7 years ago

What a nice hub!looklike i am visting newyork, thumbs up


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for that Lgali. You'll always be welcomed in New York! I actually left much out as this hub was getting a bit lengthy! Thanks again.


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wesleycox 7 years ago from Back in Texas, at least until August 2012

I've been meaning to get over here sooner but got backed up while working on the hubchallenge. I am sure you can understand. You did an amazing job at illustrating the supreme beauty of this place. I would have to say though, that the beach at Lake Awosting really got my attention. Great job and it looks like this will definately be a stopping point on my trip across America one day.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Wesley! I've been meaning to read more of your hubs too. I really do admire your propensity to complete everything you start. I've seen many people drop out of the Hubchallenge out of frustration. I tell you, its going to feel great once you complete it! All good things come to those who persevere, right?

Taking a trip across America is one of my dreams, my friend. When my girlfriend of 3 years left me a few years ago, I thought about taking my savings, buying crotch rocket and touring the states while writing with my laptop. But then my career got in the way...

Perhaps someday I'll hit all 50 states! Nothing is impossible, right? If ever you plan to go to New Paltz, let me know. There's still a lot I left out on this hub, but hopefully it's sufficient! Thanks, Wesley.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

dohn, I love New York but most of my visits were in the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks. We spend a little time driving up and down the Hudson too. I guess it's a lot easier to be poor when you live in heaven. What a beautiful place. Thanks for the pictures - I love this hub!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, Dolores. I'm very familiar with the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks as I lived and went to school in New York all my life. One of the things that I discovered as a college student was just how ridiculously big the state of New York really is when I and 3 of my fraternity brothers did a week-long road trip visiting a host of fraternity houses. Yes, the scenery and weather certainly made up for my lacking of luxuries. Thank you for visiting!


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andromida 7 years ago

dohn, I must say all the pictures are stunning.For the couple of weeks I have been bad shape,now a bit better.Seeing these refreshing pictures,specially "Split Rock Falls" ,I feel great now.Thanks.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm sorry to hear about that, andromida. But of course it's great to hear you in better spirits and it always is. I spent perhaps too much time creating this hub, but hearing your comment makes it worthwhile. Thank you so much.


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richbrown80 7 years ago

Dohn I live in Walden NY about 15 minutes to New Paltz. During my college years I spent a lot of time in New Paltz bars, but never really knew of all of the other things to do out there, nice hub


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Rich. It's good to hear from a native! I worked in Newburgh for a time so am familiar with Walden. New Paltz sure is a lot of fun. Around this time of year, the traffic can actually be pretty overwhelming. Thank you.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great hub here dohn121, you never fail to impress me wih your write ups.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, General! Thank you so much for the compliment! I always try to put a lot of effort into my hubs :D


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

This is a beautiful Hub and the photographs are exquisite and perfect. I stayed at Mohonk twice on men's retreats and it is the coolest lodge I've ever been to. I enjoyed your work here and can see why you have accumulated so many adoring fans so quickly. Consider me one.


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StevenCavendish 7 years ago

There are some fantastic images in this hub. Thanks very much:)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, James. You are very fortunate to have stayed at the Mohonk Mountain House, as it is very expensive! One day I'd like to stay there too, as I've been there only for meetings. Perhaps you should write a hub about it? I thought about doing so myself, but probably couldn't do as much justice for it as you can. Thank you very much for reading me and joining me. I appreciate it!

Hi, Steven. Thank you for stopping by and reading me! That's great to hear!


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rtacterri 7 years ago

Love this hub. it validates my memories of New Paltz so much. I haven't been there since my Grandparents moved, but I still love the area.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's great to hear, rtacterri. I just move out of that area in May and already miss it. So much so that I went to visit there about 2 weeks ago. My vow is to return within the next year or so. Thank you for visiting me!


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Song-Bird 7 years ago from Michigan

Wow! New Paltz looks like a great area - your pictures are incredible. I would love to visit there.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You really should, Song-Bird. It certainly is an amazing place and its close proximity to NYC (less than 2 hours) is an attraction in itself.


mith_moral 7 years ago

Gosh, this place seems amazing. Exactly some place I'd like to end up one day. Loved the pictures. I'm definitely a fan!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, mith_moral. I lived there for almost a decade and just out of their due to work. Thank you for your kind comment and fan support!


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torimari 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

This is a very good hub! I love the story of that more humble time in your life yet you were happy...and all that beautiful, natural scenery and photography--great!

Informative as well! There are the indepth hubs that are both personal and knowledgeable that I truly enjoy.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, torimari. There's so much to enjoy in New Paltz that does not require a credit card. I spent the entire day there with the girl I love just two weeks ago while there and got inspired :D I'm glad you liked it! Thank you for reading me.


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Kathy T 7 years ago from Boston, MA.

A beautiful hub, with all the blessings of nature. Thank you for sharing : )


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, Kathy T. Thank you for visiting me. I hope to hear from you again.


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sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

Growing up in poughkeepsie, just across the bridge, many of your referenced spots were daily journeys for me.

Thanks for beautiful trip down memory lane

Hopefully you have spent some time at the Mohonk grounds! also some great cliff jumping spots in that area


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes! I'm definitely familiar with that! Not to mention that Mohonk is very romantic this time of year. I went back to visit a couple of weeks ago but found that the fall foliage wasn't quite yet in full swing. I'm planning to go back in about a month. I learned all of the short-cuts to avoid all of the Manhattan traffic. Thank you, sunforged!


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loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

your photos are awesome, i feel as if i shared the journey with you......be well


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, loveofnight! I wish that I had more to share. I'm planning on going back there in about a month, so maybe I'll post them then!


Am I dead, yet? 7 years ago

If only I could take a deep inhale of the air there! Your writing, the visuals you have provided made me wish I were there to smell the warm cider and taste the cider donuts! Ah, living in a city you tend to miss out on all the beauty nature beholds. There aren't enough trees, Dohn...you realized that? Bravo! Fantastic hub--extremely well written, and a definite mental vacation. Very well done, Dohn. As always.


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Neverbetter 7 years ago from Albany, NY

Awesome! I used to live in Plattekill and go rappelling at Minnewaska...brings back good memories...THANKS!


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Bail Up ! 7 years ago

What an awesome hub with pictures to match. I almost want to book a flight and find my way up there. Thanks for sharing.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, AIDY. New Paltz was a wonderful discovery within itself. I lived in New York state practically all my life and passed by Exit 18 off the New York State Thruway--the New Paltz exit--dozens and dozens of times without stopping once to enjoy its food, scenery, and activities. The very first time I went there I did so to hunt for an apartment and the second time was my move-in day. I plan to move back there in the near future. I just feel like I belong there. Thank you so much for reading me! Hopefully one day you can visit. You won't be disappointed!

That's great to hear, neverbetter! I'm very familiar with Plattekill. My one regret is that I didn't try my hand at fishing in Plattekill, but I did do so in Ashokan. I just love that part of the New York so much.

Thank you, Bail Up! I hope you one day get the opportunity to visit. Stewart Airport is only about 20 minutes away in Newburgh if you do decide to come :D There is so many other things to do aside from what I'd listed!


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Leop 7 years ago

These photos are absolutely breathtaking. Excellent work of collecting them. Its another place to add on my list of places to travel to in the future. Job well done. Thank you.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for that, Leop. One of the things I discovered while living in New York is just how big it is. I've been to all corners of the state and enjoyed the Hudson Valley Region probably most of all. I really hope you have the opportunity to go. I'm thinking about writing about more places in the Hudson Valley in the near future. Thanks!


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online

This is another wonderful hub, Dohn! It sounds like it was rough living for you but boy, those views and animals that you lived so close to are incredible.

Thanks for sharing this with us.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Herald Daily! Thank you for the wonderful comment. I guess that I was meant to have lived there for the better part of a decade. I still pine for the tranquility of New Paltz and hope to one day return. I really do appreciate your comment! Thanks.


hubpageswriter 6 years ago

The apple cider looks so delicious. You have written a very good article here; I'm going to continue reading. Thanks for this, dohn.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's so good to hear from you again, HPWriter. I always look forward to your comments, thank you.


sumitg 6 years ago

hi this is very interesting to see it


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for that, sumitg.


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KyonSOS23 6 years ago from Nabon

Nice shot and interesting but life real I can't meet that experience. Or it hard.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

Magnificent photographs! The hot apple cider seems very delicious in cold weather. Great hub.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for reading me, KyonSOS23. Nothing is ever impossible :D

Thank you for the comment, febriedethan! The hot apple cider is perfect any time of the day during the colder months! I appreciate your readership.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you very much for that. I appreciate it.


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articleposter 6 years ago

Very nice hub.

Amazing pictures


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for your comment articleposter.


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juneaukid 6 years ago from Denver, Colorado

What an in-depth article with great photos! Glad you got a new pulse in New Paltz! Thanks for sharing all this.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, juneaukid! Moving there was a life-saving experience. I hope to return one day soon.


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Luna di Blu 6 years ago

Lovely hub and amazing photos. Thank you so much for the ten minutes of escapism!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for that, Luna. It's a pleasure to share this with others! I appreciate your comment.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Misstikal1. I appreciate the comment.


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jbullet 6 years ago

I love those pictures. Simply beautiful.


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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is a very informative and entertaining hub. Thanks for sharing.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, jbullet for your comment.

Thank you, H P Roychoudhury reading me and commenting. I hope to hear from you again.


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BSim 6 years ago

This is a really well written, from the heart hub. I have lived in the northeast on and off, have had my times of living to live cheaply at school, and I love the outdoors so there were a lot of things in here that hit home with me.

Thanks for helping me to remember some of my own times as a student, living in a beautiful rural area.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you very much for the comment, BSim. It's wonderful to hear that you can empathize with me living in the rural Northeast as it was a important experience for me. I hope to hear from you again!


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Anath 6 years ago

this was a real tour... what a beautiful place. What else can I say except that I would like to be there!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Anath. I hope you do get the opportunity to come and see New Paltz one day. It certainly will be a memorable experience for you!


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

With such beauty...no wonder the Hudson Valley developed a school of painters! Oh I miss those gorgeous Fall days with brilliantly colored leaves as you portrayed in these photos. Having spent my early childhood in Wisconsin, every Fall was looked forward to for this very reason. We simply do not have the dramatic changes of season in Houston, Texas. Would love to visit New Paltz someday due to your great hub. A big thumbs up!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Peggy! Thanks so much for reading this. I really do miss being there now that I've moved away. However, it takes me roughly 2 hours to drive there and will be returning to New Paltz within the next 10 days. I can't think of living anywhere else in the world, having grown up in this part of the country. I hope you do get the opportunity to visit. Maybe we'll have lunch ;) Thanks again!


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sukhera143 6 years ago from Home

Great hub.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, sukhera143. I appreciate your reading me.


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

Hey dohn, you're up to 482 fans! And I think you still have a week to go based on my crystal ball =). I should charge you a fee for fortune-telling LOL :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Who are you? Do you take Durian as a means of payment, or would you prefer apple cider donuts? (there still warm, mind you)

Thanks, Emie! I was just thinking about that of all things. I might be able to wrap it up by the weekend--you never know...Or DO YOU? ROFL


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emievil 6 years ago from Philippines

uhm let's see (consults crystal ball) - between 3 to 5 days you'll reach the 500? LOL, not durian please. That will just be for my husband. Apple cider donuts? It's a deal! =) I'll watch out for your fans. Want to be the first to congratulate you =).


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Okay, no Durian. I'll send a big shipment of those donuts for you via Eagle. Thank you so much Emie. You are a true friend :D


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Once again a great hub. Loved the fabulous pictures.

regards Zsuzsy


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Zsuzsy. I'm really glad you liked it. Thank you as always.


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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

I love this hub, much like WNC this time of the year.

Robert Ballard


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It really is a great place to be during this time of year...As a matter of fact, I'm going to visit New Paltz again next week, just in time for the festivities. Thank you, Robert.


Tiffany Bracelets 6 years ago

Robert Ballard


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for visiting!


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Oh so beautiful! Reminds me of home...especially the bears, cougars and deer. How lucky we are to have nature at our doorstep and even more so when we appreciate it! Love the photos Dohn!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Beth. Thank so much for the comment! I'm happy that you enjoyed it. I really am "homesick" for New Paltz. I just might go sometime this week!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

this is a very nice hubs like the rest, you seem to be well adept and humble too. happy to be a fan!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, prettydarkhorse (love that name). I look forward to getting to know you too! Thanks for becoming my fan :)


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Seafarer Mama 6 years ago from New England

Hello dohn121. Wow - What a hub! I attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie and your hub brought back memories of hiking on Hunter Mountain and the wonders of Autumn in that area of Dutchess County. Growing up, my aunt and uncle lived in rural areas of upstate NY (Woodstock)and Pennsylvania (New Hope) and I loved walking in the woods with them. Every time I visited them, I was able to see a wild animal in its natural habitat. As much as I enjoyed school, I looked forward to the week-long breaks, when I could visit them. Now I live in Berlin, MA, a small rural community in Central, MA. in a cohousing community named Mosaic Commons. It's been glorious this fall, having the foliage outsisde my back door. Since we must walk to the post office to get our mail at the moment, we stop at the nearby farm to buy apples, squash, etc. Yum! Thanks for scouting some gorgeous photos, too! I look forward to reading some of your other hubs. :0)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for the comment, Misstikal. Although I appreciate your reading me, please don't spam in other hubber's comments, as they may not like that and may take it the wrong way.

Thank you, Seafarer Mama! Yes, I of course know Poughkeepsie very well, as I worked there and hung out there frequently. You don't seem to be missing much living in Massachusetts from the sound of it! I actually live in New England myself now but am not as impressed with it like I am with New York: Duchess and Ulster County. But hey, that's me. Thank you for commenting and I hope to hear from you again!


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Storytellersrus 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I tried the video but it is not working today, ah well. The rest of the hub makes me remember my nephew David's trip through upstate New York in August. It is beautiful country. I had to laugh at the tales of your early days in New Paltz. I remember eating off a table made of bricks and sitting on rug samples. That was my roomie's and my dining room table. We were robbed once and we can only imagine the robber groaned when he entered our empty livingroom. COMPLETELY empty and echoey, lol. Thanks for introducing me to a new place!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, Storytellersrus. Thanks for pointing out that problem with the video. I'm fix it as soon as I finish this comment! It sounds like you have your own (horror) story yourself to tell! We can definitely relate to one another! Well, hopefully all of that is in the past! Thank you for visiting "New Paltz"!


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY

Great hub! New Paltz is actually a favorite spot of my sister's when she wants a few days away :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Lissa. Thanks for visiting me. I'm glad you liked it. You should go with you sister one day to see what it's like!


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Lissa Lynn 6 years ago from upstate NY

After seeing all it has to offer, I may do that :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's wonderful to hear, Lissa. Let me know how it goes when you get back!


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

Great pictures I had no idea of this area. New Paltz looked incredible. I have not been to New York in years, but I never visited anything in the state outside of New York city , It looks like I missed out.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks so much, TFT. I discovered just how big New York state really was when I got to college. I was dating a girl who lived in Utica and in addition to this, I took a week-long road trip visiting various fraternity houses with three of my fraternity brothers. It was awesome and memorable. I do hope that you your travels find you back in New York again one day--New Paltz is only about and hour and a half from the Big Apple! Thanks.


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ahmadraza212 6 years ago from Pakistan

That a wonderful articles. Please keep it up. thanks


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, ahmadraza212. I'm glad that you like it.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

I thoroughly enjoyed my tour, Dohn! Some autumn I'm going on a road trip through New England - at least, that's my plan.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You'll love it, habee, and won't ever forget it (hopefully in a good way). I got the chance to go back to New Paltz this year and let me tell you, it was just as gorgeous as I remember it. Let me know if and when you do ;) Thanks for reading this.


wordscribe41 6 years ago

Awesome hub, Dohn. $25 per week on groceries? Wow, would love to know how you pulled that off. I liked the part about "rubbery checks". He he he. I didn't have a checking acount either my first year of college for similar reasons. It was kinda nice, come to think of it. Anyway, stunning pictures. I never realized how beautiful NY was until I recently visited my 1/2 sister. She lives in a very small town called Esperance, near Albany. Thanks for my mini vacation this morning.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, wordscribe41. Thanks so much for commenting. I have heard of Esperance and you're right, it is very small! Yes, that $25 per week "stipend" is no typo! I ate two meals a day: a big meal and a small meal and always had some form of meat-like pan-seared pork chops or a meager steak with instant mash and kept the ramens at a minimum, lol. I'm so glad I was able to take you on a mini vacation. I do the same thing from time to time :)


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a2z50 6 years ago

Wow, Awesome Photos ! Very nice read!

Thank You for sharing !

Ron

As Always Also Rprcarz50 Keep on Hubbing


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for coming by and commenting! This is one of my own personal favorite hubs. I really do miss living there and plan to move back very soon. Thanks for reading this!


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G Miah 6 years ago from Muslim Nation

Wow! Amazing pictures! I love them so much! The detail is excellen, it felt like i was there. Selling apples in their own baskets is a brilliant idea, might do that if i become a farmer!

I have always wanted to become a photographer, and your pictures in some of your hubs give me a lot of encouragement. I will start a course soon, even though i am a very good photographer (say my family and friends!).

Excellent hub, thanks for sharing.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, G Miah. I had fun putting this hub together. This is one of my hubs I'd place under the category of "Opuses." It took me over 30 hours to assemble this one and my hard work apparently paid off. It became my firs 100 Hubscore hub back in October of 2009. Words can't express how elated I was once it occurred. It's always great to be rewarded for your hard work.

I'm an amateur photographer myself and at the moment, I'm trying to save up for a DSLR Canon which is very expensive. In time, I'll have one.

Thanks so much for reading this. I really appreciate it!


Stefano  6 years ago

Thank you! Your work is very helpful!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks for that Stefano!


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Wedding Tips 6 years ago from Hudson Valley NY

I wish I lived in New Paltz! Alas, I'm on the other side of the river. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos. It's why leap peepers LOVE the Valley.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Wedding Tips. I must admit, I have an affinity for Ulster County. I actually now work on YOUR side of the river, so that way, I have the best of both worlds! Yep, lots of leap peepers here ;) Thank you!


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lindatymensky 5 years ago

This is a nice hub! I drove through this area one autumn about 10 years ago. Beautiful. I still remember the living colors all around me. The richness. Linda


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pooilum 4 years ago from Malaysia

So beautiful. Thanks for sharing..


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

You did a fine job pointing out and explaining the beauty and all this area has to offer. I was so glad to see an araticle on my "neck of the woods".

Kudos and hats off to you, friend.


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Romanian 19 months ago from Oradea, Romania

Thanks for writing this useful guide. I can see there are a lot of places to visit, and a lot of things to do. Especially the park it's very beautiful.

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