Thursday, November 18, 2010

View from Wave Hill

As snow fell onto Amarillo last weekend, the temperatures soared in NYC. Last weekend was a perfect weather weekend with highs in the 50s and 60s and the sun shining. What a perfect time for a field trip! My friend, John Son, always has these great ideas for places to visit that are sort of off the beaten path. And this past weekend's jaunt didn't disappoint.
On Sunday, we boarded the subway and headed up to 247th street to Riverdale. Then we walked through this quaint, leaf filled neighborhood to Wave Hill, a public garden that overlooks the Hudson River and Palisades. It's a big space with trails, green houses, an art gallery, and lots of green hills to picnic on.
Wave Hill is an estate that was owned by some fancy schmancy publishers back in the 1850s and was later rented out to the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain. In 1960, the owner gave the estate to the city of New York.
We took a walk, gazed at the beautiful view, looked at exotic plants and cacti, and took a long lunch in the sun. I am trying to soak up all the vitamin D I can in preparation for this winter thing they speak about. A warm memory that I will be thinking back on when the temps make their eventual drop.

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