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Why I Love the Mohawk Valley

Picking Flowers

Earlier this week, the kids and I took a break from our home improvements and ran some errands. It included a trip to the Burke Library at Hamilton College, then to Utica and Washington Mills.

As I drove over the glorious hills in Kirkland (Red Hill Road, Snowden Hill Road) and in bumper-to-bumper traffic in Washington Mills (the Kellogg Road/Oneida Street intersection), I mused about how grateful I am to be where I am.

Chittning Pond

Despite the discouraging political blowharding and the increasing taxes, I am grateful to raise my kids in the Mohawk Valley. It is a terrible shame that the Mohawk Valley is constantly under siege by greedy politicians and undermining businesses. But still the Valley shines as a jewel in the mud.

Whenever someone is displaced– be it a tragic fire or a flood– or whenever someone is terribly hurt– be it a near-drowning or a severe burn– the people of the Mohawk Valley pour out their prayers and dollars in a generosity not seen elsewhere. This is amazing, because the Mohawk Valley is one of the poorest areas in the state.

The Mohawk Valley is one of the most beautiful areas in the state, and I have seen a lot of New York State. The sparkling streams that tumble down the verdant hills are stunning. The weather here is terrific– no hurricanes, no tornadoes, no earthquakes, no monsoons, no droughts. Sure, we have our floods (of recent) and our times of little rainfall– but our climate is incredible. Snowfall (and snowfall is not as disastrous as hurricanes and tornadoes!) is not too heavy, but heavy snowfall is not bad anyway. Winter is my favorite season. There are multitudes of places to visit, to enjoy, to savor with my children.

Drums Along the Mohawk River

I am grateful to be living in such a tranquil, beautiful, settled area as the Mohawk Valley. It is heart-wrenching to see my glorious Valley being pawned off by powerline brokers and corrupted politicians. The Mohawk Valley is worth saving, it’s worth preserving, and that’s why we all can be very harsh and angry at the pimps who are trying to buy her off. But let’s not forget what we are fighting for.

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About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. Hercules Mulligan says:

    Yeah. I love the Mohawk Valley, too. It’s home, and despite the fact that taxes are better in other areas, government restrictions are not as crass and demanding, and despite the fact that we have some of the worst public officials in the country (IMHO), I would never prefer to live anywhere else.

    This is home, and I am thankful that God has placed me here, upon the land inhabited by my early American ancestors.

  2. Hercules Mulligan says:

    “I would never prefer to live anywhere else.”

    I’ll make one exception: HEAVEN. And when Christ comes back to earth and establishes HIS government, the MV will (I’m sure) be REAL pleasant!

  3. The Tour Marm says:

    It’s almost beautiful enough to be Virginia!

  4. Apple says:

    I had similar thoughts while driving north along he lake today. Most of upstate is beautiful and a great place to raise a family.

  5. Shannon says:

    Thanks for sharing…those pictures are beautiful!

  6. Margie says:

    I am not originally from New York and do have to agree that parts of the state are beautiful…my appreciation of this state is that it has a slower pace of life and allows me to spend time with my family on a daily basis.
    The only thing I don’t like about this state is the weather, I hear people say they love all “four seasons” but in the eight years I have been here I have not seen these four seasons as of yet.
    The summers are to short and winters are horrible…Ugh!