Photo Hunters: Wide

I’ve had loads and loads of photos for Photo Hunters lately. I’m going to break my current trend and just post ONE photo today. Today’s theme is “wide.” The first thing I thought of is the Hudson River. It is WIDE.

Down the Hudson

We visited New York’s capital city, Albany, NY, a few years ago and got to see New York’s famous river. The Hudson River is named for Henry Hudson, a British explorer who “discovered” the river in 1609, when traveling with the Dutch East India Company. Hudsonmap

To you in the midwest, the Hudson River may not be terribly imposing– especially when compared to the mighty Mississippi. But the Hudson River is wide enough to have made Henry Hudson think he could get to the other side of the continent through it. Hudson was looking for the Northwest Passage, a waterway from one side of the American continent to the other (this waterway does not exist).

The Native Indians called the Hudson “Muh-he-kun-ne-tuk,” which means “river that flows both ways.” The lower half of the Hudson is a tidal estuary, so the direction of its waters change with the tides. In the winter, the ice floes may drift northward or southward, depending on the tides!

The Hudson River is 315 miles long, and extremely wide. Because of its deep basin, it’s a major shipping route for the state. It is actually less expensive to transport goods via New York’s waterways than roads.

When New York’s Erie Canal was built across the central part of the state, it connected the Great Lakes with the Hudson River, which connected with the Atlantic Ocean. It was a tremendous accomplishment for its day, and radically altered the New York economy and the transportation system of the nation.

So there’s your mini-history lesson for the day! How did your Photo Hunters go today?

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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