Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Fall Foliage Train Ride

We set off for the Catskills, which was supposed to be about a 45 minute drive, but ended up being a bit longer due to several wrong turns and unclear directions (none of it could have been our fault, right?!)  Nevertheless, the scenery was gorgeous along the way, and although we missed the train at 12 noon and added another hour to the trip, we arrived just in time for the 1 PM train, which was decorated for autumn.

The train had outside and inside seating and it was a beautiful sunny day.

Unfortunately, the tracks had been damaged by Hurricane Irene so the ride was much shorter than usual.

Still, we enjoyed the ride and the view of the changing leaves.  We also had a little bit of excitement when one of the passengers dropped his expensive phone over the side while taking photos. He told the conductor that he knew exactly where it fell so we stopped on the way back, the passenger got off, and sure enough, came back up with his phone in hand.


The train

We then hit the road for New York City, encountering more traffic and delays, and finally arrived around 6 PM for our one night in the Big Apple.

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