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Memorial Day weekend is considered the un-official beginning of summer. It is my favorite time of the year. The best way for me to describe this feeling is, it feels like Friday 5 pm, because it is the furthest thing from Monday 9 am. Yesterday’s beautiful weather was a major added bonus for the 3 day weekend!
So, while my Saturday was basically a day of chores, Sunday was my field trip day to some great historical mansions, or as I like to delude…house hunting. Yesterday’s adventure started with a 2 hour-ish drive to the Vanderbilt Mansion-one of the 12 famous estates of the Historic Homes in the Hudson Valley.
The garden area above containing cut outs of unusual shapes.
After the first mansion, it was time for grub at The Eveready Diner on Albany Post Road. The diner, with it’s retro decor and googie-styled architecture, served up a decent, but not mind-blowing turkey burger. Included with the meal were fries, similar to the Arby’s curly fries (just not curly) AND a small portion of the best onion rings I have ever feasted upon-crisp, fresh, and juicy…NOT to be confused with greasy. Washed down with a huge Diet Coke, which included free refills, I was a happy and VERY FULL camper. I also like to call this the diner with the hottest waiters I’ve ever seen. WOAH!
In a corner of the grounds is a section containing two cut-outs of a man and woman. These cut-outs were taken from the Berlin Wall. When I first saw it, I thought someone had graffiti’d the pieces. DUH!
Before entering this section are two busts of FDR and Churchill
Trivia, did you know that Eleanor was Franklin’s cousin? She’s his 5th cousin, once removed.
Tsk-Tsk…MAJOR faux pas!
On the way back, we came across the Walkway over the Hudson. The Poughkeepsie Bridge, as it was originally known, stretches from the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie, New York on the east bank and Highland, New York on the west bank.
I don’t want to end this post on a poopy picture, so here’s my final pic. Why? Bee-cause I like pink.
So, I’ve made a minor dent on my list of mansions to see. 2 down, 10 more to go…and that’s just in the Hudson Valley. The list will grow and will hopefully lead to a trip to Hearst Castle in California. I do declare…”mansion-hunting” is quite exhausting. Get me a Diet Coke Jeeves. =)