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Scenic Saturday Drive in the Shawangunk Mountains

Olivia Bolger 2
Olivia Bolger

Those of us who have lived here in the Mid Hudson Valley are spoiled. We have some of the most spectacular scenery in the country and fall is the best time to take a ride to “the Gunks.”

My daughter Olivia has a talent for taking some pretty great pictures with her i Phone 6. Above is one of the overlook stops on Route 44/55 which has a great view of the Rondout Valley and the Catskill Mountains. This scenic overlook is just west of Minnewaska State Park, which was jam packed when we rode by. Weekends in the fall are always that way, but it’s because the park offers incredibly beautiful hiking and biking trails.

Olivia Bolger 1
Olivia Bolger 1

This picture was taken on the road that leads past the Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse as you drive toward the ridge. According to Atlas Obscura, the Gatehouse was built in 1908 and it was how you got to the Lake Mohonk resort.

it served as the formal entrance to the resort, and from 1908 to 1935, anyone visiting would first travel down its scenic road lined with towering oak trees.

You don’t drive thru the Gatehouse anymore, but the road that goes right next to it eventually opens up to one of the many inspiring views of the Mohonk Mountains and the tower that you can hike to from the Mohonk Mountain House.

Olivia Bolger 3
Olivia Bolger 3

This is the Kiernan Farm on Bruynswick Road in Gardiner. The farm specializes in grass fed beef and the cows don’t mind if you stop by and take a quick shot. The above beauty, tagged with number 590 walked toward us, but we didn’t want to pet what would eventually become someone’s burger. Bruynswick Road is also near Whitecliff Vineyard and the views of the “white cliffs” are pretty majestic.

We stopped by Skydive the Ranch in Gardiner to watch the jumpers land. Olivia got some good shots of them, but said she would rather show you what that looks like when she is floating down from 13,000 feet. Guess that means Daddy/Daughter Jump Day is not to far away?

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