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Friday, October 18, 2013

Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail

Went for a nice afternoon stroll along the banks of the Hudson River in Albany today with Heather.  The Hudson-Mohawk Bike-Hike trail is actually an 86 mile trail that starts in Albany at the Corning Preserve and runs to the town of Little Falls in the Mohawk Valley, basically running along the banks of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers.  It is a very popular trail that receives a lot of foot traffic as well as bike traffic throughout the year.  The Corning Preserve area is the most heavily traveled area with direct walking access to downtown Albany.
 One of the nice features of the preserve is a foot bridge across interstate 787 with views of many of the downtown buildings of Albany directly in front of you.  The old D & H building which now serves as State University of NY administrative building looms over the interstate.
 Walking out onto a floating dock near Jennings Landing enables great views up the river towards the Livingston Avenue Bridge.
 Most of the leaves have fallen to the ground and cover the trails.
 There are two tidal ponds at the Preserve, both approximately one acre in size and a beautiful oasis amid the concrete and traffic.
 Picturesque trails suited perfectly for a nice afternoon walk.
 The Livingston Avenue Bridge is a railroad bridge which connects Albany to the city of Rensselaer on the east side of the river.
 There are many geese on the lawn along the banks of the river.
 Heather is happy to be out walking.
 It was a mostly cloudy day but as we walked the sun came out making for a beautiful day.
 The sun and cloud mix provided interesting views south over the Hudson River.
 Looking north towards the boat launch area of the Corning Preserve.
We walked along the river for an hour or so, enjoying a nice afternoon stroll.

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