Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Beautiful Fall Weekend Celebrating Mariam and Jason's Wedding

Good friends and neighbors in Orange Beach, Alabama (from left) - Jim and Carla Mattson, George and Bonnie Carter, and Doug and I - at the wedding brunch hosted by the Carters. It was a relaxing way to end a very special weekend.
Following the wedding brunch, we toured Lyndhurst, designed in 1838 as a country retreat for William Paulding, former mayor of New York City. The Gothic Revival mansion was later purchased by merchant George Merritt and then financial tycoon Jay Gould. Lyndhurst was featured on America's Castles to showcase its elaborately decorated rooms, stained glass and artwork, and spectacular views of the Hudson River.
Before heading back to Toronto, Doug and I enjoy walking the grounds of Lyndhurst, a magnificent Hudson Valley estate. The Tappan Zee Bridge (in the background) spans the Hudson River at its widest point. Workers drove in the initial test pilings in June 1951, but construction was delayed until March 1952 by steel shortages brought about by the Korean War. Work on the bridge began in March 1952; it opened December 15, 1955. The main cantilever span of the 7-lane bridge remains the ninth longest in the world.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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