New York City

I can’t believe how indecisive the weather is here, as I’m sitting here writing this post about an insanely hot day last week it’s actually SNOWING outside. Granted that it’s the first (unusually early) snowfall of the year here and the temperature is still above freezing so it’s not going to be sticking around for long but still, I did not pack for such unpredictable weather! It’s not just that the weather has changed quickly, it’s that it’s so variable jumping from warm to cool all over the place like a frog that’s had too much coffee.

The second I stepped off the train in the city I found myself in a tourist attraction – Grand Central station – one of the few sights in the city that I had not previously visited (my parents aren’t the type to visit a train station just for the perfect photograph). I’m the sort of person who would have walked the length of Manhattan just to say I’d been in Grand Central but, thankfully, it was already part of my itinerary and I felt less of a tourist while taking my obligatory photo since I had actually arrived on a train. It was a scorching hot day in New York but although the mercury was hitting higher temperatures than I had experienced all summer back in England (28c/82f) it was not hot weather for the average New Yorker. You could clearly pick out the tourists as the ones wearing shorts (I was not grouped into this category since I had strictly packed for autumn in Connecticut and not a week in the Caribbean). I don’t usually like city sightseeing in warm weather, however, the heat was actually surprisingly bearable and even pleasant in the shade of the tall buildings combined with a pleasant breeze.

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Hudson Valley

The Hudson River, although most commonly associated with New York City, actually originates up in the Adirondack mountains in upstate New York, near the Canadian border, and flows through the Hudson Valley. In Poughkeepsie, NY there is a walkway over the Hudson River which has amazing views over the river and the surrounding area. At 2063 metres long (1.2 miles), it is the longest footbridge in the world and was considered an engineering marvel at the time of its opening as a railway bridge in 1889. The railway bridge was in use until 1974, it was restored and reopened as a footbridge in 2009.

Even when visiting on a beautifully warm autumn afternoon, in the middle of the bridge at 65 metres above the water level there was a strong refreshing breeze which left some incredible knots in my hair! If you plan on doing this walk during the winter come well prepared in your finest arctic expedition outfits! The walkway is a popular spot for charity and fundraising events. On the day that we visited the walkway there were hundreds of people doing a sponsored walk to raise money for ALS research which gave the bridge a lively atmosphere for our 2.4 mile walk.

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View from the Walkway

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