Weekend Wander is a wonder

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Hosted by the Kingston Land Trust, the Weekend Wander is an amazing series of monthly walks in and around Kingston. Local experts are invited to talk about the KLT’s exciting projects and all the hidden treasures right here in our backyard. It’s must-do series and as a KLT board member, I was thrilled to attend the most recent June edition. Enjoy my recap below and make sure to join us in July for the next Weekend Wander, scheduled for Sunday, July 17th where we’ll be exploring more of the Rondout section of the Kingston Greenline. Join us! #kltwander #weekendwander

It was a near perfect day for the third installment of the Weekend Wander Series. We met Saturday morning at the Kingston Wine Co. on the Rondout under a sunny and clear blue sky with an out-sized amount of passion for the Kingston Greenline, the Kingston Land Trust and the vitality of Kingston in general that was immediately apparent in the group.

After some introductions KLT’s advisor, Tim Weidemann kicked off the event with a very insightful overview of the future of the Kingston Greenline. We were then on our way up Broadway towards Rondout Savings to walk the Kingston Point Line. The Greenline conversation continued on the way up the hill with very lively discussion between some longtime residents, newcomers and everyone else in between.

It was easy to visualize the concepts we had been discussing coming together when we arrived at the trail head. Tim took a few minutes to share how the trail got to this stage of development and we headed down the trail to the train tunnel. It was a little muddy to cross through, so we headed topside and took the 9W train bridge (which, it was noted, would make a great art installation) to the proposed Delaware Ave. crossing and back down to the trail.

Stepping off of Delaware and into the wooded area of the trail was a magical transformation. From the busy 9W ramps and deafening traffic we stepped into another world. The noise was gone, birds were singing, the air was fresh and you could smell the wildflowers in the breeze. It was wonderful to be able to experience a natural space like that in the middle of the city.

It was then back to the Rondout and the official end of the Wander. Taking advantage of the gorgeous weather, most of us continued on to the Trolley section of the trail to Kingston Point Park. As we rounded the curve a full size barge floated past the Rondout Creek Lighthouse in a surreal image that didn’t seem like it should be possible. There was a short break in the shade to enjoy the waterfront and share some stories before doing a quick exploration of the park. It was a fantastic ending to an excellent experience enjoyed immensely by everyone.

Click here for more info on future Weekend Wanders. #kltwander #weekendwander

Kingston Lighthouse

Kingston Lighthouse

Kingston Point

Kingston Point

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Delaware Ave Tunnel

Weekend Wanderers

Weekend Wanderers

Kingston Point

Hey Trolley

Hey Trolley

Scott is a mechanical design engineer, 10 year Kingston resident and Kingston Land Trust board member who enjoys everything the area has to offer more each day.

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