We will take an easy evening walk around Peebles Island, to see the waterfalls as the Mohawk River enters the Hudson, spring flowers, likely geese and other waterfowl, maybe some sturgeon in the river, possibly deer, and hopefully the eagles who've nested across on Goat Island.
* As far back as the Revolutionary War, Peebles Island was important to this country's citizens as a defensive point against the British Redcoats. Long ago, farmers raised cattle there- as an island, the cows couldn't go anywhere.
* You've heard of Troy being called the Collar City. Way back, shirts were made with detachable collars- after all, the collar is what got dirty fastest. The old brick building on the island was the bleachery for the Cluett, Peabody Company (Arrow shirts). It is now a State Park, which includes the headquarters for New York State's Bureau of Historic Sites as well as the Bureau of Historic Preservation Field Services, with conservators, archaeologists, historians and others, including many volunteers, working to preserve and restore historic artifacts, as well as create reproductions for display throughout the State.
* The trail around the island, as well as those that cut across it, are not paved, so there will probably be some muddy areas, thanks to the wonderful weather we're having. They are fairly level- no mountains to climb. We'll walk about 2 miles. This is a place you might want to bring your camera.
* We'll meet in the parking lot at 6:15. Click on the map to get an expanded version. You can zoom out to view the highways.
* Take 787 north from Albany. PLEASE pay attention to the reduced speed limits north of Route 7. Near the end of 787, turn right onto Ontario Street/ Route 470. Go over 2 bridges. Turn left onto Delaware Avenue opposite Cumberland Farms. Go past the old Matton Ship Yards and over the one lane bridge. To enter the parking lot, follow the arrows to the right counterclockwise around the parking hut. There is no fee to park at Peebles Island this year.