Spending time outside in the winter is so important. (I’m saying this to you guys as much as I am to myself, because my ratio of indoor time to outside time has been way out of balance) I’ve taken my four-year-old baby-sitting charge to the Saugerties Lighthouse, one day we went to the beach, and upon a friend’s suggestion, we visited the Rosendale Trestle, an old railroad-bridge-turned-pedestrian-bridge that is now part of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.
Here’s the trestle from the ground, back when it was still abandoned:Construction began on the original railroad trestle in 1870, and in 2012, plans went underway to turn it into a part of the Wallkill Rail Trail. Last year when it opened, it was so much fun going up to the top of this massive steel structure that we had driven under countless times.
This new habit of taking Axel* to places I already love is great for getting a new perspective: kids do make things more fun. I got down to his level to see what I wouldn’t have otherwise and we did fun things like saying hello to each of the white birch trees we passed.
Just like the Walkway Over the Hudson down in Poughkeepsie, this pedestrian bridge is completely safe for kids and it’s a fantastic spot to appreciate the natural beauty of our area. At eye level are the trees and birds (surprisingly musical lately!), below you is the water and surrounding village, and above you is that delicious, expansive sky.
Up on the trestle, it was so calm and quiet. We called out to each other what kinds of car and trucks were approaching next and whether they were covered in snow or otherwise dirty. We raced to see who would get to the other end first, and he waited patiently while I photographed tiny icicles before he knocked them down.
One of my favorite parts of this day was the sun shining on the icy Rondout Creek below us.
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Refuse normalcy. Beauty is everywhere, love is endless, and joy bleeds from our everyday existence. Embrace it. I love all of you, all my friends, family, and community. I am ceaselessly grateful from the bottom of my heart for everyone…Remember that every day contains a universe of potential; exhaust it. –Dominic Owen Mallary