Easy Days


Roebling's aquaduct

Leaving Newburgh near West Point, we sought out the smallest convenient road that would take us south to Port Jervis.  The weather was warm and beautiful.  Our tires had been filled in Florida to the suggested 35 pounds when cold; in Canada, we had to add air because the outdoor temperatures were so much lower; and now we had to take them back down.

Neversink blacksmithOn the way, we passed the ruins of the Neversink Aquaduct built by John Roebling, builder of the Brooklyn Bridge, in 1849-51 improving the 1825 Delaware-Hudson Canal.  The aquaduct carried canal boats above the Neversink River!

We had visited Gillinder Brothers Glass in 2002 on a “trailer trip” but this time we felt the young lady who gave us a tour did a much more comprehensive job.  The company is celebrating its 150thanniversary and is still owned by the same family.   While they still make some decorative glass, most of their

We bought a Buddha in2002

business is industrial now – which may be why they have survived.  They use molds to make glass lenses that cover such things as fountain lights and lights that protect

Vase bought in 2011

produce from UV rays.  They make lenses for military vehicles that allow vehicles ahead and behind to see them but cannot be seen from planes overhead.  And they make the glass covers for fifty percent of all the airport runway lights in the country. 


Runway light cover

Before moving on, after some effort, we found the Erie Railroad turntable, all that remains of a huge roundhouse dating from Port Jervis’ glory days as a rail, river and road hub.

Leaving Port Jervis, we took back roads south along the Delaware including one known only as “Old Mine Road” which was first built in the mid-1600’s to copper mines.  Seeing a sign with a picnic table, we turned down a dirt road.  When it separated into two roads, each a single lane, we guessed (no further signs) it was a loop and kept to the right until we were on a muddy track leading right into the river.  Turning my side mirrors down as far as they would go in order to see the edge of the track, I backed to a place that allowed us to turn around.  Going back, we took the left road which led to a very nice picnic area.  We had it all to ourselves, enjoyed our lunch and were eventually entertained by several canoes floating by each with an adult paddling while a bunch of boys swam — I found it particularly interesting when the boys were able to get into the canoes without upsetting them.

Getting into our motel early, we enjoyed spending time over the next two days with our friends Joan and Len and seeing the area where we once lived in N.J.  In all, they were a couple low key enjoyable days.


About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
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