Lynn moved to New York in May, 2004. Andy had a "co-op" with
IBM for the summer. (I always referred to it as an internship, but I
think that was incorrect.) This turned out to be a great
experience for Andy at IBM, but also for their whole family spending
time in what is a very beautiful section of the country.
Andy's work was at the IBM facility in Fishkill, NY, and they found
an apartment a few miles away in the town of Beacon.
Beacon is located on
the Hudson River, and was settled in 1708. It's situated
across the river from Newburgh, the site of General George
Washingtons headquarters for 18 months during the Revolutionary War.
It's within easy striking distance of the Adirondack Mountains,
where Andy and Lynn spent some time, and is just upstream a few
miles from West Point. The Appalachian Trail crosses the
Hudson at the next bridge downstream from Beacon (Bear Mountain
Bridge) and there are many hiking opportunities in this mountainous
Cindy and I had planned
to go up sometime during the summer to visit, and with the various
scheduling difficulties, it turned out that the best week for me was
the last week the Perkins had in New York. What was originally
planned to be a vacation for Cindy and me now included helping Lynn
and Andy pack for Atlanta. Also, since Andy had recently
contracted Lyme disease (suspected), we decided that my round trip
ticket would turn into a one-way fare, and I'd help Andy with the
driving, at least as far as Chattanooga.
Andy and Lynn picked us
up at the airport in New York on Saturday afternoon, and we spent a
fun few hours shopping and then looking for a good place to eat (we
didn't wind up in one). We enjoyed the ride up to Beacon, and
just missed the sunset over Bear Mountain. After an
interesting church service at the Vineyard Fellowhip in Fishkill,
Andy and I tackled Breakneck Ridge for some fantastic views of the
Hudson River Valley. Monday and Tuesday were site-seeing days
for Cindy and I, and then on Wednesday and Thursday we packed and
loaded the truck. The carpets had to be shampooed Thursday
evening, so we spent Thursday night at
The Towne Inn of
The next morning Andy
took Lynn, Gideon, and Cindy in the car to LaGuardia, while I drove
the truck to Bernardsville, New Jersey to wait for him. He got
there shortly before noon, and we hooked the car up to the tow
dolly, got some food, and headed south. The weather was great,
and we made good time, arriving in Chattanooga at 2:30 AM Saturday.
I've taken a slightly
different approach to the photo albums. These are topical
rather than chronological.