Is a region of the state of New York between the Adirondack Mountains to the north, and the Poconos to the South in Pennsylvania. It encompasses the counties of Greene, Delaware, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster. The Catskill Park is forested and the biggest in the area. As to the origin of name, it has many stories but I believe it has nothing to do with the killing of a cat. I was surprised to find that the trees were already changing color and the temperature dropped down to the forties at night in middle of September.
Leaving Downsville I headed northwest towards the town of Hamden and at the road intersection between Rt. 26 and 10, there was an scarecrow selling fall produce such as pumpkins, squash and gourds. Going north in Rt. 10, I ran into the Octagon House which is currently a Bed and Breakfast.
Farther north drove by the Hanford Mills Museum; the building to the right in the photo is the Feed Mill built in 1910; the grain elevator was added in 1961. The building in the center is the mill originally built in 1846 and houses the gristmill and sawmill powered by a watermill and a steam engine; the gear still works and is used for demonstrations during the fall. The smaller building to the left is the horse stables.
From the mill I headed to Oneonta in route to the Cooperstown Beverage Trail to taste some of the local’s brews. In the way there, I saw this old garage with the front covered with old tools that I could not resist shooting.
The Ommengang Brewery was closed for a concert but the Cooperstown Brewery was open for “free” tastings (not always, I just got lucky today)…I did buy a case of Pale Ale that is gone; sorry, can’t share.
The photo opportunity in this area is numerous and deserves a return trip. There are lots of landscapes, waterfalls (that I did not photograph and left for my friend Chris to enjoy) but prefer old barns, and one in particular is unique, the red round barn. Some will be gone soon.
And yes, someone in the Catskills has a great imagination and sense of humor...Rust in Peace.