In the previous post I mentioned that two of our friends were moving to South Carolina. Along with a couple of other friends we took them to dinner last night. We went to Il Laghetto on Lake Mahopac. We used to go there quite a lot when it was in its earlier incarnation as The Terrace Club. In fact it was at this restaurant that our last dog, Jackson discovered that he liked water. There’s a small boat launching area next to the restaurant and he walked in. Realizing that he liked the sensation we had difficulties keeping him away from water after that.
When it was The Terrace Club, the restaurant had quite a varied menu. Now it seems to be limited primarily to Italian food. The food was good, but we liked it more before. Of course the wonderful location – right on Lake Mahopac remains the same. We had a great time.
As we were leaving the sun was going down and I took this picture.
Taken with a Sony RX-100 M3
I took this picture back in 2012 – maybe just before I started using this blog seriously. I don’t think I’ve ever posted it.
Our friends George and Gloria are moving to South Carolina in a few days. My wife thought it might be nice if we gave them a souvenir of their stay at the lake in the form of a framed photograph. This is the one she chose.
I so rarely print anything (usually just posting electronically) that it was good to see one of my photographs, in print and framed. I should do more of it.
If you follow Mystery Point Road past the ruin mentioned in the previous post you come to Manitou Station.
This has to be the smallest station I’ve ever come across. According to my very approximate measurements the platforms are about 23 feet long.
My first thought was “What famous/powerful person lives here who has enough clout to have a station to himself?” But apparently I thought wrong.
According to Wikipedia:
Manitou /mænɪtoʊ/ is a limited service Metro-North Railroad station. The station is open part-time, serving one peak hour (weekday) train in each direction, and six weekend trains each direction. It serves the residents of that hamlet in the southwestern corner of Philipstown, New York in Putnam County, New York, via the Hudson Line. It is 46 miles (74 km) from Grand Central Terminal and travel time to Grand Central is approximately one hour, 16 minutes.
Manitou is one of three stations – along with Breakneck Ridge on the Hudson Line and Appalachian Trail on the Harlem Line – that receives limited passenger service. Like these stations, it serves mainly hikers visiting nearby state parks in the Hudson Highlands. There is no elevated platform or facilities at the station, one of two on the line adjacent to a grade crossing, are limited to a small shelter with the current schedule posted inside. The station predates the merger of New York Central and Pennsylvania Railroads.
As mentioned in an earlier post the trail runs quite high (in some places as much as 30ft.) above the river. Here’s what you see if you look down from one of the higher parts. Take care if you have a fear of heights or small children who won’t listen to instructions.
Coppermine Brook, rises in South Mountain Pass. It then flows in a generally northern direction and passes under Route 9D. Here it’s seen as it passes under Mystery Point Road from where it continues its course until it flows into the Hudson River. I’m not entirely sure to which mine this refers, but it seems likely that it’s the Manitou Copper Mine. According to NY-NJ-CT Botany Online site :
The Manitou Copper Mine was opened about 1767 by Peter Hasenclver (see Ringwood Manor State Park in New Jersey). The iron mining operation was not successful because the ore was too sulfurous. The extensive dumps of the old mine are found on the east end of the ridge of Anthony’s Nose.