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Cars were whizzing by us in both directions. On the right bank of Catskill Creek was Tatiana’s Italian Restaurant; on the left were some dilapidated houses with “For Sale” signs in front of them.

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That turned out to be a weekend in late May. When we set out from home first thing Saturday morning, it was raining. And when we arrived at the Cole Historic Site which is the unofficial starting point for the art trail at about 11, it was still raining. So rather than hit the trail, we strolled to the New Studio and took in “Picturesque and Sublime.”

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When we walked out of the New Studio, it was raining even harder too hard to embark, for the time being, on the art trail. But it was coming up on lunchtime, so we got in the car and drove via the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to the town of Hudson, which, I had read, has become a weekend destination for New Yorkers who aren’t interested in or can’t afford the Hamptons.

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With the rain still coming down hard, we decided to head to stop No.2 on the art trail nearby Olana, Frederic Church’s home and now a museum. just 20minutes away.

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Sunday morning dawned cloudy but dry. Studying our Art Trail brochure over an early breakfast at the Lenox Hampton Inn, we decided to save Olana for another trip as we wouldn’t be able to give it the time it deserved today. So we headed directly to the Catskill Creek site, stop No.3 on the trail. From there we drove due west into the Catskills. After about 15miles, the brochure directed us to a parking area at the side of the road. At the back of the lot was Art Trail Stop4, Kaaterskill Clove.

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For a real waterfall, we had to walk a mere quarter of a mile back down Route 23A to the foot of Bastion Falls. And for real drama, we had to hike a half mile, almost all of it up, to the foot of the 271 foot Kaaterskill official canada goose outlet Falls, Art Trail Stop5.

Kaaterskill Falls, Hudson River School Art Trail stop 5, is among the locations that inspired paintings by Thomas Cole and others. (Thomas Cole Site)

A canada goose outlet eu couple of miles away, in the town of Haines Falls, we stopped at Selena’s Diner for a very decent Reuben sandwich (me) and veggie burger (Gigi). We proceeded into the North South Lake Public Campground, paid our $10 daily fee and drove to the north bank of North Lake, from which Cole painted “Lake with Dead Trees” (1825). Frankly speaking, I wasn’t much inspired by the scene or (when I looked at it online later) the painting.

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