A Long Walk On A Long Bridge

The Walkway Over The Hudson was once a railroad bridge which opened in 1888 and ended its run in 1974 because of a fire. It lay in disrepair until the Walkway Association took it over and after a cost of nearly 40 million dollars, opened the pedestrian bridge on October 3, 2009. The website is loaded with tons of information about this restoration project.

I put together a slide show of some of the pictures I took on that walk across the Hudson this past weekend. Now I realize (as always after the fact) that I should have taken at least one picture that wasn’t a close up. Well, I did, actually, at the entrance to the bridge on our return trip, but you really can’t appreciate all 1.28 miles of its length. To do that, you click on the walkway’s website and there are some shots of the bridge under each tab (news, about us, etc.).

Then something curious, which you’ll also see–some girl was saying how nasty the oil slick was in the water, but as we looked over the railing, I noticed the “slick” was moving against the current. The slick, in formation, seemed to be rather fluid in motion and we assumed they might have been jellyfish. Jellyfish in the Hudson? But from where we were, they looked kind of big and my zoom shot is pretty clear. Then I looked up jellyfish in the Hudson, and sure enough that’s most likely what they were. The more detailed shot is one I found online while investigating. And here’s a curious fact, these donut jellyfish, they say on the website, can grow as big a table. They didn’t say how big a table, but obviously large enough to see from high up on that bridge.

At the end, rather than exit to the street below, we followed the trail into the parking lot and found a few gems leftover from the original railroad line, like switch mechanisms, a signal light and an obligatory and unexpected Pauline in peril!

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One Response to “A Long Walk On A Long Bridge”

  1. Melissa Says:

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing the pictures!

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