The Hudson River is amazing. The beauty of the Catskills, the huge blue waters and the .....current? Yes, there is still current in the middle 1/3 of the Hudson River. The River is an estuary...a mix of fresh and salt, thought the water in the 2/3 third is fresh, there is still a tide as the fresh water is pushed by the salt water tide. Interesting!
|Typical view as we cruised up the Hudson River near Hyde Park, NY.|
We had read about West Point, the United States Military Academy and we toured the Naval Academy in Annapolis, but how can one be prepared for the beauty of West Point on the Hudson River? The academy was built in 1794 and is a monolithic property.
|Typical view as we cruised the Hudson River north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. No commercial traffic or pleasure craft. Just calm and incredible beauty.|
|West Point Military Academy on the Hudson River. Last year 14,000 applications with 1200 acceptances. Typically about 1000 cadets graduate each year.|
|One of the Protestant Chapels. There are 5 chapels available at West Point.|
|View overlooking West Point from the high point of the Chapel.|
|Each stained glass window was given by a class of cadets going back to the early 1800's.|
|This chapel has the largest organ in the country with pipes in numerous places around the chapel, including bugles and horns at the back of the sanctuary. Attendance at services must be quite an experience!|
|The granite of the buildings gives the buildings a military feel. The buildings look like they should last forever.|
|FDR was Asst Secretary to the Navy and obtained this 17th Century bell from a Spanish Galleon. Maybe if we were Asst. Secy to the Navy, we would have a bell too.|
|FDR's home in Hyde Park, NY.|
|FDR's faithful friend, Fala. He is buried next to the graves of FDR and Eleonor. But just as a note, he was not as cute or as sweet as Boo Boo and Buddy.|
|FDR stipulated he wanted a simple memorial with his and Eleonor's names and year of birth and death. They are buried in front of this monument in the rose garden. Beautiful spot.|