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Autumn In New Paltz, New York

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Dohn121 is a freelance writer who currently resides in the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains of New York's famed Hudson Valley.

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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

Here are some other places you won't want to miss!

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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Comments

Nicu from Oradea, Romania on February 19, 2015:

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.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on June 18, 2012:

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.

pooilum from Malaysia on January 29, 2012:

So beautiful. Thanks for sharing..

lindatymensky on January 30, 2011:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on April 29, 2010:

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!

Wedding Tips from Hudson Valley NY on April 28, 2010:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on April 01, 2010:

Thanks for that Stefano!

Stefano on April 01, 2010:

Thank you! Your work is very helpful!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on March 09, 2010:

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!

Gous Ahmed from Muslim Nation on March 08, 2010:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on March 03, 2010:

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!

a2z50 on March 03, 2010:

Wow, Awesome Photos ! Very nice read!

Thank You for sharing !

Ron

As Always Also Rprcarz50 Keep on Hubbing

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on February 18, 2010:

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 :)

wordscribe41 on February 18, 2010:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 12, 2009:

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.

Holle Abee from Georgia on December 12, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on December 11, 2009:

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

ahmadraza212 from Pakistan on December 11, 2009:

That a wonderful articles. Please keep it up. thanks

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 23, 2009:

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.

Truth From Truth from Michigan on November 23, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 02, 2009:

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

Melissa Simmons from upstate NY on November 02, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on November 02, 2009:

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!

Melissa Simmons from upstate NY on November 02, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 31, 2009:

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"!

Barbara from Stepping past clutter on October 31, 2009:

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!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 29, 2009:

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!

Karen A Szklany from New England on October 29, 2009:

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)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 27, 2009:

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

prettydarkhorse from US on October 27, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 26, 2009:

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!

Beth100 from Canada on October 26, 2009:

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!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 20, 2009:

Thank you for visiting!

Tiffany Bracelets on October 20, 2009:

Robert Ballard

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 17, 2009:

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.

Putz Ballard on October 17, 2009:

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

Robert Ballard

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 17, 2009:

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

Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on October 17, 2009:

Once again a great hub. Loved the fabulous pictures.

regards Zsuzsy

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 16, 2009:

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

emievil from Philippines on October 15, 2009:

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 =).

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 15, 2009:

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

emievil from Philippines on October 15, 2009:

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 :)

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 14, 2009:

Thank you, sukhera143. I appreciate your reading me.

sukhera143 from Home on October 14, 2009:

Great hub.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 08, 2009:

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!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2009:

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!

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 07, 2009:

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!

Anath on October 07, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 06, 2009:

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!

BSim on October 06, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 04, 2009:

Thank you, jbullet for your comment.

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

H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on October 04, 2009:

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

jbullet on October 04, 2009:

I love those pictures. Simply beautiful.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 04, 2009:

Thanks, Misstikal1. I appreciate the comment.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 03, 2009:

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

Luna di Blu on October 03, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 01, 2009:

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

Richard Francis Fleck from Denver, Colorado on October 01, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 01, 2009:

Thank you for your comment articleposter.

articleposter on October 01, 2009:

Very nice hub.

Amazing pictures

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 01, 2009:

Thank you very much for that. I appreciate it.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 01, 2009:

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.

febriedethan from Indonesia on October 01, 2009:

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

KyonSOS23 from Nabon on October 01, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on October 01, 2009:

Thank you for that, sumitg.

sumitg on September 30, 2009:

hi this is very interesting to see it

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 30, 2009:

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

hubpageswriter on September 30, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 29, 2009:

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.

Herald Daily from A Beach Online on September 29, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 29, 2009:

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!

Leop on September 29, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 29, 2009:

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!

Bail Up ! on September 29, 2009:

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

Neverbetter from Albany, NY on September 29, 2009:

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

Am I dead, yet? on September 29, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 28, 2009:

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!

Loveofnigjht Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on September 28, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 28, 2009:

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!

sunforged from Sunforged.com on September 28, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 28, 2009:

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

Katharyne Peckham from Boston, MA. on September 28, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 28, 2009:

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.

torimari from Pennsylvania on September 28, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 27, 2009:

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!

mith_moral on September 27, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 27, 2009:

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.

Renee Hanlon from Michigan on September 27, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 27, 2009:

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!

rtacterri on September 27, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 27, 2009:

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!

StevenCavendish on September 27, 2009:

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

James A Watkins from Chicago on September 27, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 26, 2009:

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

Gener Geminiano from Land of Salt, Philippines on September 26, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 26, 2009:

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.

richbrown80 on September 26, 2009:

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

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 26, 2009:

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.

syras mamun on September 26, 2009:

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.

dohn121 (author) from Hudson Valley, New York on September 25, 2009:

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!