NY-97 (Upper Delaware Scenic Byway) - Barryville to the Hawk's Nest
In this video, you join me as we take a gentle drive along the historic Upper Delaware Scenic Byway. The route crosses through long valleys and along the Delaware River from Barryville, then ascends high above the river along an elevated portion known as the Hawk's Nest; one of the most scenic stretches of road in the Northeast and the center of many car commercials.
Tri States Monument, near Port Jervis
Scenes around the Tri-States Monument near Port Jervis, New York. Marks the spot where New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania come together. The Neversink and Delaware rivers also meet up at this point.
Beware These Worst Beaches for Shark Attacks!
Shark attacks seem to be on the rise in many parts of the world, therefore, you might want to steer clear of the following known shark-infested waters. Statistically, these are among the most dangerous beaches for deadly shark attacks.
1. Pernambuco, Brazil
The shockingly high attack rate in these waters appears to be due to over-fishing. Without enough food supply, the sharks have begun to sample other forms of fare to satisfy their relentless hunger.
2. Second Beach, South Africa
The beach is popular among shark-seeking tourists and cage divers. Tour operators dump boatloads of bloody chum in the water order to entice the great whites. You definitely don’t want to surf or swim anywhere near these boats and their chum lines.
3. New Smyrna Beach, Florida
More than 238 shark attacks have been documented at Florida’s (surprisingly) popular New Smyrna Beach. In fact, 15% of worldwide shark bites have occurred here. Most of the bites are courtesy of baby bull sharks that favor these waters. To date, none of the recorded attacks here have been fatal.
4. Velzyland Beach, Hawaii
About 41 different shark species that frequent Hawaii’s waters including aggressive specimens like bull sharks and great whites. The last fatal shark attack at this beach occurred in 1994 when a tiger shark attacked a surfer. More recent attacks on surfers have been reported, but none fatal.
5. New South Wales, Australia
This region, which includes famous Bondi Beach, has recorded more than 170 unprovoked shark attacks and more than 50 fatal attacks, and great white shark encounters are more common here than in other parts of the world. Due to the position of the continental shelf, swimmers and surfers are in close proximity of deep waters where these potential predators cruise.
6. Fletcher Cove, California
Fletcher Cove may be picturesque, but it is also the scene of 142 unprovoked shark attacks, including some recent fatalities. Scientists are convinced that the fish-strewn waters in this region are ideal feeding grounds for large predators like the great white.
7. Reunion Island, Indian Ocean
This island has had more than 10 attacks in a recent two-year period, three being fatal. This has prompted island officials to close the beaches to swimmers and surfers. Experts aren’t sure why the sharks are biting people with greater frequency.
8. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Since 2005, there have been more than fifty attacks. In fact, researchers have claimed that South Carolina’s waters are just as dangerous as Florida’s when comparing the swimmer-to-attack ratio. Their waters are attractive to species like tiger sharks and bull sharks.
9. Coffin Bay, Australia
The name says it all. Don’t swim here unless you fancy a meeting with a great white. Recently an abalone diver was attacked and killed by two great white sharks. His body was never recovered.
10. Surf Beach, California
A nineteen-year-old surfer was attacked and killed a few years ago by a great white shark believed to be 18 feet in length. The waters here are home to seals, which attract great whites in large numbers.
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Driving through Mid-Hudson Bridge to Main Street, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA (2019)
Poughkeepsie (/pəˈkɪpsi/ pə-KIP-see), officially the City of Poughkeepsie, separate from the Town of Poughkeepsie, is a city in the state of New York, United States, which is the county seat of Dutchess County. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 32,736. Poughkeepsie is in the Hudson Valley midway between New York City and Albany, and is part of the New York metropolitan area. The name derives from a word in the Wappinger language, roughly U-puku-ipi-sing, meaning the reed-covered lodge by the little-water place, referring to a spring or stream feeding into the Hudson River south of the present downtown area.
Poughkeepsie is known as The Queen City of the Hudson. It was settled in the 17th century by the Dutch and became New York's second capital shortly after the American Revolution. It was chartered as a city in 1854. Major bridges in the city include the Walkway over the Hudson, a former railroad bridge (originally called the Poughkeepsie Bridge) which re-opened as a public walkway on October 3, 2009; and the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge, a major thoroughfare built in 1930 that carries U.S. Route 44 (concurrent with State Route 55) over the Hudson. The city of Poughkeepsie lies in New York's 18th congressional district.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge is a toll suspension bridge which carries US 44 and NY 55 across the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland in the state of New York. Governor and local resident Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor attended the opening ceremony on August 25, 1930. The bridge was renamed the Franklin D. Roosevelt Mid-Hudson Bridge in 1994 though the span is rarely referred to by its official name.
The bridge is 3,000 feet (910 m) long with a clearance of 135 feet (41 m) above the Hudson. At opening, it was the sixth-longest suspension bridge in the world. The chief engineer was Polish immigrant Ralph Modjeski, who had previously engineered the strengthening of the nearby Poughkeepsie Railroad bridge. Primary contractor was the American Bridge Company of Ambridge, Pennsylvania with steel from Carnegie. The span is unusual in that stiffening trusses were intentionally constructed on top of, not below, the deck.
Strange New York - Hawks Nest and Tri-State Monument
Last week we took a little trip around New York. We began our journey in Delaware County next to the Pepactin reservoir where we viewed an eagle. We also visited Roscoe, New York a town known for its trout fishing. We then stopped for lunch and a drink at a great little pub in Hurleyville. We then ended up at our intended location, the Hawk’s Nest.
I was researching travel locations when I can across information on a portion of highway along a scenic by-way in Orange county New York. It is called the Hawks Nest. Hawk’s Nest is located on Route 97 just outside Port Jervis near Sparrow Bush, New York. The road is perched on a cliff face with views of the Delaware River below and Pennsylvania on the opposite shore.
We also visited the tristate monument in Port Jervis. This location is where New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania meet. Not much to see there but it was a great little side trip.
Wonderful day and some fun stops, hope you enjoy.
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Travel Vacations in the Great Northern Catskills | Greene County, NY
Experience the beautiful Great Northern Catskills of Greene County in New York, a family friendly, four season destination. The Catskills offer fun attractions, unique events, outdoor activities and endless adventures, only two hours from NYC!
In the Catskills there is so much for you to do! Spend your day outdoors hiking, biking, birding, boating, skiing or riding. Golfers will enjoy the Rip Van Winkle Golf Trail, which features 9 professionally designed courses. Attend the fairs, festivals and events. Experience the highest zipline canopy tour in North America or take your family to New York's #1 Family Water Park. Take a tour of the historic Hudson-Athens Lighthouse, follow the Hudson River Art Trail or hike to the iconic Kaaterskill Falls.
After a day of activities unwind and enjoy a delicious meal in your restaurant of choice and return to a charming bed & breakfast, Catskills family resort, hotel or private rental... then wake up and do it all again!
High Point State Park, The Highest Point in New Jersey.
Take Route 23 approximately 7 miles north of the town of Sussex, NJ or 4 miles south of Port Jervis, NY. Both the park office and the main entrance to the park on located on Route 23.
41° 18’ 23.04” N 74° 40' 14.78 W
This State Park as at the northern end on NJ, this is where Pennsylvania and New York State meet NJ. A crossroads (more like cross-trails) where these three States meet. Trails meander through mountains through all three States. Numerous wild animals can be seen, Bear, Weasel, Bobcat, Coyote. Spring Time - Songbird, Woodcock, Warblers, Vireos, Thrushes, Tanagers, Orioles. Summer - Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Junco and others I don't know or recognize. Fall - Raptor migration can be observed along the ridges. Red-tailed and broad-winged Hawks, Migrating Warblers flying to warmer climates south. Black Bears can be seen foraging for acorns in the dominant oak forests.
Warning - these Bears are wild and potentially dangerous, follow all Park Ranger Instructions.
Driving from Lansford to Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania
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Tri-State Monument, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware -- Sept. 27, 2015
A short single-shot video clip of a visit to the Tri-State Monument which marks the spot where Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware meet.
The reason that the marker-stone does not have a D on one of its sides is that the three counties that now make up Delaware were part of Pennsylvania at the time the marker was put in place.
The newly established trail to the marker can be accessed from the small dirt parking-lot on Arc Corner Road in White Clay Creek Preserve, Pennsylvania or from the parking-lot near the Nature Center in White Clay Creek Preserve, Delaware (which is the base-point for today's hike).
I am approaching and leaving the monument along the trail by taking the route counter-clockwise.
GPS recording of today's hike:
The monument is at the westernmost spot of the route.