Vacation - Trip across New York

Today we had a little over 6 hours of driving.  We were continuing on through New York to the eastern side. 

I woke up sluggish and tired.  This was the first day that I missed my bed.  I get the privilege of sleeping with Jory, my 10 year old.  He likes to cuddle which is nice but can sometimes make for not a good night sleep.  I didn't want to go home, but I missed my bed.  I ended up taking a short nap in the car soon after starting out our trip across New York. It helped a lot. The Mountain Dew and Diet Coke helped perk me up too!

The kids were watching movies in the van and I had my book along with my MP3 player listening to the Dixie Chicks, Christina Aguilera, Amy Grant and Kelly Clarkson.  Yup that's right, chick music.  Mixed in with a bit of Bon Jovi, Meatloaf and Barry Manillow made for some awesome tunes driving through the mountains!

I couldn't believe the gorgeous drive across New York.  The mountains and the trees were breathtaking.  We have a lot of green trees in Minnesota, but no mountains.  For some reason I just forgot that we'd be going through the mountains on this trip.  I kept seeing miles and miles of green trees and thought how even more gorgeous they would be in the fall when the leaves changed colors!

This is the farthest east I've ever been.  I didn't realize how dumb I was about US geography until I wasn't sure what mountains these were.  I THOUGHT they were the Appalachian Mountains but for some reason, I didn't think that they came up this far north so I wondered if they were called something else.  So I did the stupid tourist move and asked someone, "Uh, are these the Appalachian Mountains?"  They looked at me like I was an idiot and said, "Yes."  Stop laughing, I'm 1500 miles away from home!

I expected to find more scenic overlooks along the highway.  In Minnesota, there seems to be a scenic overlook just about everywhere. So we kept our eyes peeled but didn't see any. I managed to get some decent shots from the car though. 

As we went on through New York, it just kept getting more and more beautiful.  Beautiful but for the cell towers and power lines that lined the streets and ran into the mountains.  I realize that we need these but I couldn't help but feel like an intruder in these massive green giant mountains.

Again, I was reminded of all the time and thought that God put into creating this earth for us.  He didn't have to make such pretty things.  We certainly don't need it to survive.  But clearly he appreciates beauty and so generously gave us these mountains to enjoy.

We made it to the hotel, The Harvest Inn.  The hotel is in Pine Bush, NY.  This is the cutest little town.  I feel right at home here and declared at once that I want to live there!  The Harvest Inn is an amazing motel.  It is run by Jehovah's Witnesses and just is the happiest little place.  There is a piano in the lobby and a cute waterfall.  They have a gift shop with meeting items and service bags.  They have a little library with current publications and I just felt right at home there.  When you're so far from home, this is a wonderful feeling.

Tomorrow we're touring the Wallkill and Patterson buildings for Jehovah's Witnesses.  These are said to be spiritually uplifting and just fantastic! I'll share more tomorrow!

I love this last photo.  It shows this gorgeous mountain with the Wrong Way sign obscuring the gorgeous view.  Yes, this is the wrong way to be viewing these spectacular mountains! 

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