Sunday, September 16, 2012
As we were driving west along U.S. Route # 3 near Pulaski, NY we came across a bridge with dozens of fishermen fishing along the rails of the bridge and down below in the stream. They were fishing for the huge King Salmon. we parked the car in the designated parking area and then walked down a path which had railings and zigzags down to the river bank. We watched in awe as one after another fisherman caught one of these giant fish. Usually the fisherman was fishing from the rail of the bridge and their partner would walk down to the river and net the fish, who by now was very tired from putting up "the fight".
This site was the SALMON RIVER PUBLIC FISHING STREAM one of the many run by the N.Y.S. Dept of Environmental Conservation.
The King Salmon make their annual fall migration from Lake Ontario New York to spawn and die. As this was Salmon Season, the site was very busy. Actually anglers from all over the world come to battle the big fish.
In a picturesque area near the Catskill Mountains lies a lovely little town with well-preserved homes in a variety of architectural styles, a lake, and shops lining a main street out of some 19th Century novel. At one end of Main Street is a humble building that houses some of this nation's greatest treasures. The Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in Cooperstown is a dream vacation destination for baseball fans and when I was finally able to make that trip, it did not disappoint in any way.
The museum is top notch. It begins with the hilarious plaque announcing that when the Earth came into being there were rocks for throwing and sticks for batting...so it really starts at the beginning of the game:-)
The museum goes on to display historic bats, balls, gloves, uniforms, trophies, uniforms, programs, tickets, anything and everything that has an importance to the sport of baseball. Look at Lou Gehrig's uniform or Babe Ruth's bat or seats from Ebbet's Field or equipment from the AAGPBL and more.
The Hall of Fame is literally a hall with plaques of all the inductees. There's also a great gift shop. Nearby is Doubleday Field where they play games and have special ceremonies.
Partly what makes it so pleasant is that it's located in a wonderful town. If you have any interest in baseball, this is a trip not to be missed.
Cooperstown is accessible via car (it lies north of Int. 88 and south of Int. 90. I took a train from NYC to Syracuse where a friend met me and we drove from there. Syracuse also has a small airport. A rental car would be terrific as there are a lot of historic and beautiful areas within a day's drive of Syracuse.
Home of the National Hockey League's Buffalo Sabres and the National Lacrosse League's Buffalo Bandits, HSBC Arena opened in 1996 to replace the antiquated Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
The arena has hosted games three, four, and six of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals, and is regularly used for National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball and hockey finals. The HSBS Arena also hosts large-scale concerts, ice shows, circuses, and other sporting events.
The arena's seating capacity is 18,690 for hockey games and 19,200 for basketball games and other events.
For more baseball fun in the Syracuse area, try a minor league game. The Syracuse Sky Chiefs are the minor league team for the Toronto Blue Jays. They have a great stadium. It's easily accessible off Interstate 81 with a nice big parking lot all around it.
Inside, the stadium has all the ammenities of a major league park and it's always fun to watch minor leaguers play. The game is similar to a major league game (sometimes better!), you just don't know all the players as well, but someday, when watching a major league game, you may recognize one of the players and say, "Hey! I knew you back when!"
Syracuse has some great restaurants so that coupled with a baseball game makes for a pleasant evening in upstate New York.
If there is one thing that New York can say it has, it can say it has fantastic fall foliage. Richie and I get out and hike as much as humanely possible and after the views from this weekend, we have vowed to make the time to head out onto the hiking trails more often. We went to the Peter's Kill trail up in Minnewaska State Park. It is just one of the numerous trails offered in that area. You can also hit the trails run by the Mohonk Preserve, but that's a bit more pricey. To hike in Minnewaska State Park you can expect to pay $6.00 per car load for parking, for the Mohonk Preserve the fees start at $15.00 per person for a hiking permit. Either way, you will get beautiful views of the mountains and valleys along with streams, trees, plants, flowers, lichens and on occasion some brave wildlife.
For trail maps and guides see the posted link below.
Equipment: Wear sturdy hiking shoes whether they be a good supportive pair of tennis shoes or a pair of hiking boots.
Bring along plenty of water.
Dress in layers if possible. The weather is a bit chillier up in the mountains and it tends to be breezier.
Bring a camera.
We always take along some light but nutritious snacks, nuts, beef jerky, raisins.
I went to the Bronx to say "goodbye" to the house that Ruth built. The easiest way there is to take the subway to 181 station, then take bus number 13. Follow the crowd and root for the home team( or else).
In New York State there are three kinds of baseball fans, Yankee Fans, Mets Fans and people who like other teams besides the Mets and the Yankees. I just happen to be in the third category, I am a Pittsburgh Pirates fan. The fact that I like a non New York team, does not keep me from attending other games. I have been to seven professional baseball stadiums to date and am hoping to make it to number 10 next year.
My son's second visit to The Bronx included going to see his first ever professional baseball game. Being that our host is a huge Yankee fan, he took us to see the Yankees. The game held Patrick's attention for all of about 5 minutes. After that he just wanted to explore the bleachers and see what everyone else was doing. About half way through the game he fell asleep on my lap. Thank goodness, I at least got to see the end of the game.
Yankee Stadium hosted its inaugural game on April 18, 1923 versus the Boston Red Sox. The rivalry between these two teams continues even today. Yankee Stadium is also know as the house that Ruth built, Babe Ruth that is. The stadium has undergone many updates and renovations since it was first constructed. Yankee stadium has also hosted numerous other sporting events, cultural events, political events and religious conventions.
Tours are conducted daily, at noon throught the year. Up to 100 people can be accomodated on each tour. Tours start at the Press Gate, visitors are advised to arrive 20 minutes prior tothe start of the tour. Tour prices are:
Kids: (14 & Under) $7.00
Seniors: (60 & over) $7.00
Special Prices for Grammar & Middle Schools:
Adults - $10 School Children - $5
For Groups of 12 or more people:
Adults - $12 Kids/Seniors - $6
The Hudson Valley Renegades are the local feeder team for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Games are held during the summer at Dutchess Stadium, near Fishkill, NY, off Interstate 84.
Minor league games may not have the big names you've heard, but you can see up-and-coming players up close and personal, and have a lot of fun participating in contests between innings. For example, over the course of one game, a roster of contestants from the audience was chosen to play "Survivor," and participated in various challenges throughout the game. At the end, the audience screamed and cheered for their favorite contestant.
Little kids also get more into the game, as there are contests and prizes especially for them.
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