Hudson River Estuary

I’ve been traveling along the East Coast of the United States to visit my brother, my son, and my daughter.

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The Hudson River near Rhinebeck, New York

 

Among many other things, I got to ride the Metro North train up the eastern shore of the Hudson River from New York City to Poughkeepsie to visit my brother and his wife. I got there just in time to see the last of the splendor of the autumn leaves.

The Hudson River is actually an estuary all the way to Troy, New York—past Albany, more than 150 miles or 240 km from New York Harbor—and is navigable the whole way. In spite of its having been used as a shipping and railway route (both the eastern and western shores are lined with railroads ) it can be quite beautiful, especially in the fall. It’s as much as a mile wide in places and cuts through hilly terrain following a glacier-scoured north-south path to the Atlantic Ocean.

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