Monday, September 1, 2008

Catskills again

In late August, we went back up to the Catskills, so that Owen could attend the Finale of the Wayfinder Experience camp. This time, we stayed near Phoenicia. Owen had a great time, and Robert and I did too>

We spent a lot of time in Woodstock. Robert made a new friend, Mike Esposito,who is something of a local celebrity. His history is classic Woodstock -- stopped in Woodstock in 1968 and never left -- and makes for a good story. These days, he fixes up old bicycles and sells them to the tourists, keeping his own schedule. I love the sign in the window of his barn; "Hopin' for Business." He's a sweet guy, and the time that Robert spent talking bikes with him and sorting through his barnful of parts was the highlight of the week for him.

What I got out of it was time to check out the shops, and a Lotus bicycle I spotted in Mike's barn. I love the Lotus I have been riding, which we bought for $15 at a Goodwill-type store in Oshkosh, WI, but this one has a lady's frame, and I like that.

Another day, we spent a few hours on the Hudson River.

The hills in the background there are the Catskills.

The sky was beautiful.

Once we were back at the house, Robert liked to take a swim in the pond at the bottom of the road. It was too cold and mucky for me.

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