Another spectacular September day, honed to pure perfection by rushing river waters! Who doesn't delight in a plunging waterfall or in dancing river rapids, set all a-sparkle by sunshine blazing out of a clear blue sky? My husband and I sure did today, when we went up to Lake Luzerne to enjoy a picnic lunch on a bench overlooking the Hudson River where it falls through a gorge at Rockwell Falls.
The riverside rocks here are weathered into fantastic shapes by the force of raging floods and thousands and thousands of years.
On our way home, we decided to take a detour up the course of the Sacandaga River, which joins the Hudson River right here at Hadley/Lake Luzerne. A shallower river than the Hudson, the Sacandaga is famous for its whitewater rapids, and this lovely small park that lies just upstream from Hadley on Dean Mountain Road is called Whitewater Park. A very apt name!
We could also see these two bridges spanning the Sacandaga downstream, the closer one a former railroad bridge, and the one beyond with arching supports a historic parabolic structure called the "Bow Bridge." Long in disrepair, funds were raised some years ago to restore it to functional use by automobiles. Until just three years ago, trains did cross the railroad bridge, but all train traffic across it was discontinued in the spring of 2018.
What a wonderful way to spend a gorgeous day, pedaling through the beautiful Adirondacks, and getting some healthful exercise at the same time! Here's a link to Revolution Rail's website if you'd like to explore this option for yourself: https://www.revrail.com/railbiking-rides/hadley-railbiking/