Hyde Park, Summer 2011

Last summer I posted about our day trip to Hyde Park. The best way to do this if you are going from the city is to take the 8:45 from Grand Central to Poughkeepsie and get the Roosevelt Ride to the Library and Presidential Museum.  As of May 1 the free shuttle service is again up and running for the 2012 season. When we were there last year there was a fair amount of renovation taking place, which I assume is funded by the stimulus money funneled into the economy over the past few years. The Hayfoot and I will probably skip this year, having gone each of the last two. We will probably go back in 2013 when the changes are complete. Still, there is much to see and if you have never been we highly recommend. The site gets about 100,000 visitors a year, many of whom are “leaf chasers,” folks who visit the Hudson Valley each fall to witness the fall foliage. The Roosevelts and their generation have receded into history and every year there are fewer and fewer visitors who have that viseceral attachment to FDR that so many people had even into the 1970s and 80s . I spoke to one of the rangers about this very thing. This is one of the special places in 20th century American–world–history. Ed Rothstein of the New York Times filed this report from his trip earlier this week.

Summer’s almost here.