We took off yesterday for parts unknown...except for having to stop at the town clerks office and the ol' feed mill to pick up Alpaca feed, chicken pellets and some dog food for the girls in here.
We ended up taking a road less traveled and ended up along Onesquethaw Creek in Clarksville. There we took several pictures of ducks swimming beneath a stone bridge of unusual beauty. We then decided to eat lunch at a new restaurant, which we had seen and pasted by, several times over the last year. It was called Jake Moon's Restaurant and Cafe, a quaint little restaurant, which used to be called June's Place. It is definitely with the character of small town, USA, as you enter and see locals sitting at the counter sipping coffee. You can get an early morning coffee with Danish, or a full blown breakfast served all day long. We met the owner, Dan Smith, who was the Executive Chef at Nicole’s Bistro in downtown Albany from 1997 to 2007. He has a long and distinguished career in the food service and prepared dishes in elite Catskill resorts to the Beekman Arm's in Rhinebeck. (America’s oldest continually operating inn) We talked in great length about local eateries now using as much organic ingredients as possible. He is also interested in serving our free range, Au natural eggs for breakfast and cooking.
Dan also serves a light or full course lunch throughout the week and serves scrumptious dinners until later, Friday and Saturday evenings. His hours are:
Tues. thru Thurs. 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Fri. & Sat. 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Sundays 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
You can see his full menu at http://www.jakemoon.net ...Check it out!
After leaving there, we went on down the road and cut across along the Onesquethaw Creek, where Vick has wanted to take some pictures for a year along this secluded stretch of water with a solid stone creek bed in a lot of places. It is truly a beautiful location which we found can be fished for trout. I don't know if they stock it that far up stream from the main branch but it's really nice water and may hold native trout.
We traveled on down the roads we usually don't take...some taking us toward home...others leading us in the other direction. We were sight seeing and didn't have to be home until dusk to put the critter in for the night and collect eggs.
We saw more streams, places where beavers had lived until the stupid DEC people either allow or tear out their dams themselves...either way, not caring for the beaver's hard work or the fact that they are simply trying to live their lives. The DEC has allowed the NY highway system to decimate several beaver colonies, simply because they want to...showing no regard for the wildlife they disturb. What a pious group of assholes.
We also saw many other pretty sights and some that make you laugh... Oh what a lovely waterfall we have just before turning onto West Road...and it was running full over the forty foot drop into the deep, crystal clear, greenish pool at the bottom! Simply breathtaking as you watch it and hear the mighty roar of the water.
A beautiful stone arch bridge... click on it to enlarge the picture...
Resident ducks enjoying the beautiful scene....
What they thought of us.....Hummm...Mooned by a duck...
See the stone creek bed to the left? When the water is at normal height, you see much more of this stone bottom....Beautiful!
We love this creek and the Indian name... Onesquetaw...who's native meaning is "stony bottom", and pronounced in native tongue as "O-nits-quet-haa"
Just a strange sight in the middle of nowhere...announcing nothing...just funny.
The DEC should do a better job of protecting wildlife, their habitat and scenic beauty! See where they tore out half of the the beaver's dam?
This is the waterfall just before West road, near Surprise Result Road.
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