Very nice. We are quite familiar with St. Christopher's Inn. which is in Garrison, a few miles north of us. Here's a five minute interview with Lee and Faith Majors about their involvement if you want more than the short version below -
The picture is below, taken last evening around 7:45 while Brigid and I were testing out the MapMyHike app I put on my phone. It was free (of course) and is the #1 rated application of it's kind.
So now I know that the Croton Landing from the parking lot to the 9/11 monument and back is between 1.23 and 1.27 miles, depending on where you parked in the lot. This is slightly longer than I thought it was. And we averaged 18 minutes 16 seconds per mile on the walk. Some reviews I saw did say the distance calculated could be slightly longer than the real distance if the GPS connection is lost or spotty. But for this walk it seemed a solid connection.
I will be trying it out this Saturday when we hike up Sugarloaf, north of Cold Spring.
Your standard Sunset-at-Croton-Landing shot. Anyone with a halfway decent camera ... minimal talent.
Posted about this back here. Annoying: A knee issue . The issue was originally a Baker's Cyst but the underlying problem (and it's been for several years) is arthritis in the inner aspect of my left knee.
On Monday I had the first of four shots of this stuff What Are Hyaluronic Acid Joint Injections? for the arthritis - "bone on bone" - which Dr. Weinstein (same guy who repaired Tim's knee four years ago) tells me is effective for 85% of people. Relieves symptoms for about six months. I'm going to have three more injections, probably every Monday for next three weeks. Essentially a lubricant for the joint.
He told me it usually is several injections before you feel the difference, but unless it's all in my mind, my knee feels better already. Which is good. Be interesting to see how it will feel Saturday, as I'm hiking up Sugarloaf Mountain.
The fivethirtyeight website is a statistical service that actually started as a mostly number-crunching political blog on the NY Times. They got a big reputation when they correctly predicted presidential results in 49 out of 50 states in the 2008 presidential election. I guess the owner Nate Silver decided to move on (presumably for lots more $$$) and his organization was bought by ESPN. Silver is now the fivethirtyeight editor (Name comes from the total number of electoral votes in a presidential election) doing statistical analysis for sports, politics, science, health, etc, etc.
Here are the predictions for this year's baseball season. Not looking good for the Yankees - see the last link ...
Harriet Tubman carried a small pistol with her on her rescue missions, mostly for protection from slave catchers, but also to encourage weak-hearted runaways from turning back and risking the safety of the rest of the group. Tubman carried a sharp-shooters rifle during the Civil War.
Harriet Tubman’s pistol and saber are on display at the Florida A & M University (FAMU) Black Archives in Tallahassee, Florida.
With an image like that, people would work harder just so they could have more Harriet Tubmans in their pockets.
Another nice, easy, hike - 2.65 miles according to Kathy's iPhone GPS (or something on her iPhone). Turkey Hill elevation is 771 feet, and the iPhone says we walked up 30 stories - 300 feet. Guess we started at the 400 plus feet elevation.
Some pix - First up, the "Hot Mommas" shot. Brigid - Jeanne Marie - Kathy. And then our leader for the day surveys the kingdom. That's the Croton Dam reservoir just visible in the background, and west of us.
We could see all the way to Manhattan - a good thirty miles. Below, I cropped the second picture for a clear outline.
Better view looking west - you can see the Croton Dam and beyond it the Hudson River. I believe Turkey Hill is the highest point in Westchester.
Brigid took this - and it is a view of the top. Plenty of people were out - it was a beautiful day and the parking lot was packed, with cars up to 60 yards down the narrow entrance road, pulled onto the side. Going across, it's myself, Jeanne Marie, Vinnie, and Kathy.
Forget FOX News. Here's the real "The Five"
Next up, return to Sugarloaf Mountain, north of Cold Spring.
The authors of the new study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, said the findings contradict previous research involving the same group of men.
But this study was longer and participants might have reached an age where the long-term effects of cannabis were taking a toll on health, said addiction expert Scott Krakower, an assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital, in New Hyde Park, NY.
"Cannabis users have poorer health in general. You'd expect there to be increased mortality risk," Krakower told CBS News. He pointed to another long-term study linking early heavy marijuana use with lung cancer, and a second study that associates the drug with increased heart problems.
Hill, an assistant professor of psychiatry at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, said most people who use marijuana don't use it at heavy levels. "Nine percent of adults use it at that level and develop an addiction."
He said the study is limited because it didn't provide specifics about heavy use and continued use.
Using marijuana earlier in life is linked to poorer psychological health, he said, and that can contribute to more health problems down the road.
As citizens of the United Kingdom take stock of their relationship with the EU, you should be proud that the EU has helped spread British values and practices – democracy, the rule of law, open markets – across the continent and to its periphery. The European Union doesn’t moderate British influence – it magnifies it. A strong Europe is not a threat to Britain’s global leadership; it enhances Britain’s global leadership. The United States sees how your powerful voice in Europe ensures that Europe takes a strong stance in the world, and keeps the EU open, outward looking, and closely linked to its allies on the other side of the Atlantic. So the US and the world need your outsized influence to continue – including within Europe.
In this complicated, connected world, the challenges facing the EU – migration, economic inequality, the threats of terrorism and climate change – are the same challenges facing the United States and other nations. And in today’s world, even as we all cherish our sovereignty, the nations who wield their influence most effectively are the nations that do it through the collective action that today’s challenges demand.
Will have to ask some of my English friends their opinion on his interjection into their decision. I'm betting it won't have gone over well ...
The night’s most moving moment came when Astorino honored Joseph Lemm of West Harrison, the late New York City Police detective and Air National Guard staff sergeant who was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in December 2015.
Astorino awarded Lemm the county’s highest honor – the Distinguished Service Medal and on June 6 a bronze plaque will be dedicated and permanently placed at the Westchester Fallen Heroes Memorial Walkway at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.
Astorino spoke to the Lemm family saying they had something greater than the county’s sympathies: “You have a dad, husband and son, whose bravery and service to others will echo for eternity.
I knew very little about Prince, but judging from all the talk yesterday after his death was announced, he did a little of good and generous work for many people and groups with little or no fanfare or recognition.
Nate Ebner. Just signed a two year extension with the Pats and was granted a special leave to try and make the USA Olympic 7's team. He does have a rugby and 7-a-side background. Here's his wikipedia. Nate Ebner.
And here he is at last weekend's Singapore 7's tournament.
Mrs. Clinton yesterday, at the Greater Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY. This is not a photo-shopped picture.
From newschannel 12 in Westchester: "Hundreds of Churchgoers were stunned with a surprise visit to their Sunday morning services. ... She spoke to parishioners at Greater Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon."
Meanwhile Bernie Sanders was at the First Corinthian Baptist Church in Harlem, addressing the churchgoers during their service. Sorry no picture.
Now, imagine the uproar if Kasich - Trump - Cruz spoke at a Church from the altar? The media would crucify them. No pun intended.
Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of the moment at best and leads us down a path to depression and anxiety at worst. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that spending time in nature decreases these obsessive, negative thoughts by a significant margin.
Of course you already knew that - here's more -
To conduct this study, researchers compared the reported rumination of participants who hiked through either an urban or a natural environment. They found those who walked for 90 minutes in a natural environment reported lower levels of rumination and they also had reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain related to mental illness. Those who walked through the urban environment, however, did not report decreased rumination.
The researchers noted that increased urbanization closely correlates with increased instances of depression and other mental illness. Taking the time to regularly remove ourselves from urban settings and spend more time in nature can greatly benefit our psychological (and physical) well-being.
A study conducted by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David L. Strayer found that creative problem solving can be drastically improved by both disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. Participants in this study went backpacking through nature for about 4 days, during which time they were not allowed to use any technology whatsoever. They were asked to perform tasks which required creative thinking and complex problem solving, and researchers found that performance on problem solving tasks improved by 50% for those who took part in this tech-free hiking excursion.
There's more if you hit the link - inclucing how hiking can help children with ADHD.
And here's a post-hike picture from a year ago - look how happy and smart they look!