And so we finally get to the place where we had lunch:X2O Xaviars on Hudson. Many of the river towns have pleasant restaurants on the Hudson, but this one is a bit special. It’s in the old ferry terminal and it projects out into the Hudson so you have impressive views of the river on three sides. The location is wonderful, the food is great and while certainly not inexpensive, is not that ridiculously expensive either. I like it so much that I went there again with some other friends for my birthday.

A view south taken from inside the restaurant

A view north taken from inside the restaurant. In the foreground is The Science Barge, a floating environmental education center on the Hudson River that has been in Yonkers since 2008. The Science Barge grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff. All of the energy needed to power the Barge is generated by solar panels, wind turbines, and biofuels while the hydroponic greenhouse is irrigated solely by collected rainwater and purified river water, thus operating completely “off the grid.” The Science Barge is a public education destination and hosts school groups from the tri-state area during the week, and the general public on weekends.

This has to be the most impressive view from a rest room that I’ve ever seen.

Taken with a Fuji X-E3 and Fuji XC 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS II

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