Food, Hudson Valley

Visiting Saugerties Lighthouse + Mushy Foods

October 24, 2012
Walk to Saugerties Lighthouse - Sweet and Savoring

I love these autumn colors

Happy hump day, all! In today’s post, I thought I’d treat you to some photos of our Monday afternoon.

Walk to Saugerties Lighthouse - Sweet and Savoring

Follow me, it’s beautiful in here!


We decided to take advantage of the beautifully crisp fall colors and blue sky and visit the Saugerties Lighthouse, which I had never been to. Andy was excited too, since he had only been there when he was knee-deep in snow!

Walk to Saugerties Lighthouse - Sweet and Savoring

Crisp blue, yellow and orange! The perfect color combination for fall 🙂

To get to the lighthouse, which sits on the edge of Esopus Creek and the Hudson River, there is a lovely 1/2 mile trail through Ruth Reynolds Glunt Nature Preserve.  Usually I am the one waiting on Andy to take pictures, but the stroll through the preserve was so lovely that this time it was the other way around.

Walk to Saugerties Lighthouse - Sweet and Savoring

I don’t know what these are called, but how cute are they?

A lot of the scenery reminded me of Long Island. This shot makes me think of the trail to the Fire Island Lighthouse (except now that I review those pictures, this is much less manicured):

Walk to Saugerties Lighthouse - Sweet and Savoring

The tall reeds gave it a maze feel, except for the fact that there was just the one meandering path

And at last, we made it to the lighthouse, which in fact, does not look much like a lighthouse at all- but is still quite picturesque and quaint. There’s a nice picnic area overlooking the river, as well as a bit of sandy shoreline where the sunlight was sparkling beautifully. Next time we’ll have to pack a lunch and some cider to fully take advantage of the waterside setting 🙂

The Saugerties Lighthouse - Sweet and Savoring

I found out that there’s even a Thursday-Sunday bed and breakfast inside! How cool would it be to wake up and enjoy your morning coffee inside the lighthouse?

The Saugerties Lighthouse - Sweet and Savoring

How, in all my years in the Hudson Valley, had I never been here before?

Fall leaves and sand: an unexpected combination 🙂

It was so warm, I’m not sure why I didn’t take off my shoes and squish that sand in between my toes

A sailboat ride on the Hudson would have made the afternoon even more perfect!

Did anyone bring some wine with them? Roasted garlic ciabatta and brie cheese, perhaps?

We yelled and begged for a lift, but to no avail. #sarcasm

I need to remember to take ground-level shots more often

Yay for fall, and yay for my sister, Sue, who called and asked what she could do to help as soon as she heard that I was having tooth trouble over the weekend. She came through when I sent her this link for pumpkin custard, and brought it over on Sunday morning.

Basically, it’s pumpkin pie without the crust. Perfect mushy food!

Thanks so much, Sue! I needed all the mushy foods I could get after my oral surgery on Friday. I appreciate everyone’s well wishes and contributions to the Mushy Food Party I held on Facebook; I tell you, the possibilities for those virtual food parties are endless!

Andy made a big batch of black bean soup last week that wound up being my main food source for a few days. It was hearty and flavorful and we used our new immersion blender (thanks, Mom!) to make sure I wouldn’t have to do any chewing 🙂

Once my mouth was feeling better, it was nice to throw in some extra corn, beans, avocado, and monterey jack cheese for Black Bean Soup 2.0 today

As autumn progresses, I continue to go through some dark periods and let my anxiety and sadness get the better of me, but it’s afternoon nature walks and delicious foods and touching feedback from you guys that makes it all a bit easier. I know that I’m truly blessed– and I’ll come back to posts like this one and the Ometepe one when I need some reminding over the winter.



Don’t confuse having less with being less, having more with being more, or what you have with who you are.  –Unknown


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  • Deb R October 24, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Oh, how lovely this writing is, and the pictures too, SO pretty!! I want to bring a picnic lunch and some of your cookies, salad, and some protein too! You know I do really like lighthouses, I’ll bring my “lighthouse passport” so I can document the visit…with you two, of course!

  • Sue October 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better. I like the lighthouse pictures, too! Beautiful colors are all over the place right now; I have to remember to appreciate them and take it all in.

  • Aun October 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Oh, what a lovely day you had. The colors, your story…….you surely have a gift my dear. You Mom is known as Storyteller…I believe you have that gift as well.
    I could hear those leaves crunching and the breeze against my cheeks……love it!


  • Christy October 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Three cheers for supportive family! Haha, thanks you guys 🙂

  • Reeni October 27, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    What a gorgeous place! I would love to stay in the bed and breakfast. I hope your tooth is feeling better!

  • Christy October 31, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks, Reeni- definitely feeling better. I do feel lucky to live near such beautiful scenery.

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