We awoke anchored on the Hudson River near the Bear Mountain Bridge. Warm air over the cool waters created a marine layer of fog that set the mood for our early morning hiking, kayaking, and Zodiac cruises. After our morning adventures, we enjoyed a brunch feast back on the ship. Our afternoon outing was to the town of Sleepy Hollow. We enjoyed poetry readings at the Hudson Valley Writers Center and a retelling of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the Old Dutch Church, along with a visit to the cemetery where Washington Irving is laid to rest.
National Geographic Sea Lion
Sun broke through the early morning near Bear Mountain Bridge in the Lower Hudson Valley. A large group of adventurous hikers took to the trail for scenic photographs and to take a few steps on the Appalachian Trail over the bridge. The morning light shown on a cloudless sky and allowed for beautiful view down upon the Hudson River that has been at the core of our journey. On the way back to the landing site, an osprey was sighted and photographed. Zodiacs offered a scenic cruise and a couple paddlers made their way up Popolopen Creek. After brunch we boarded the Zodiacs as transit to the shore and went to a poetry reading at the Hudson Valley Writers Center. Several poets read selections from their work and then many of us took a walking tour to the Old Dutch Church. The Headless Horseman Bridge and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery provided the perfect atmosphere and setting for a spirited one-man performance of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Washington Irving spent time among the hills that became the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and his final resting place. We returned to National Geographic Sea Lion , had a wonderful dinner, and got to see the world premiere of the Guest Slideshow that will help everyone recall this amazing trip for years to come.