Fresh Air Friday, Nov. 27

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Our Fresh Air Friday walkers enjoyed spring-like conditions outdoors the day after Thanksgiving!

Extend your Thursday Thanksgiving celebration to what we are declaring “Fresh Air Friday”! Join us on Friday, Nov. 27 for all or part of a walk/hike that will include Walkway Over the Hudson, Franny Reese State Park, and return. Options for people of all levels and ages.
Our first meeting point will be at the gate on the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge at 9:30; second meeting point will be 10ish at the gate on the Highland side. Walk just the Walkway back and forth or join the leaders as they continue to and through Reese Park (total of latter is a moderate 6 miles). Bad weather will cancel. Leaders: Georgette Weir (georgette.weir@gmail.com) and Jean-Claude Fouere. Let us know if you plan to join.

Veteran’s Day Hike 2015

3Musicians-GinnyDespite heavy rain on Veterans Day, our Mid Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club hiked to the flag atop Beacon Fishkill Ridge to pay tribute to our Veterans. Fifteen hikers and three musicians braved the weather. They felt that Veterans went out in all kinds of weather, and rain was not going to stop us. A big thank-you to Chris Cring for organizing this outing, which we plan to make an annual event. The hike’s destination is the United States flag that has been maintained for decades by the Darcy family in honor of Robert Darcy, a Veteran , who passed away in 1994.  The flag flies high at a clearing with a spectacular view overlooking the Hudson Valley. This mountain range happens to be the location where the first American soldiers maintained a look-out to protect George  Washington’s Headquarters across the river.

Darcy family member Pete Darcy sent the following thank-you note (published here with his permission):

Chris,

  On behalf of the Darcy Family and all Veterans around the area, THANK YOU. My brother Dean sent me a Facebook video sent to him by Tim Kelleher of the trio playing the National Anthem at the Flag. Very inspiring and gratifying. As an ‘old Marine’ it does my heart good to see the younger generation honoring Veterans. Thanks again and God Bless.

Semper Fi.

Pete Darcy … Sharpsburg, GA

See video clips of this year’s outing by clicking on these links: