Sometimes, in the madness of Midtown, my mind wanders back to summer and simpler, greener places.
Here...where the Beaverkill meets the Willowemoc near Roscoe...where Sullivan meets Delaware County...where anglers gather brookside for the famous wild trout...where the Catskill Park peters out into the Campbell Mountain Wild Forest... where tributary streams make their way down to the legendary Beaverkill River (and then on to the Delaware and Hudson rivers and finally to the Atlantic Ocean!)....Horse Brook, Russell Brook (home of the gorgeous Falls we visited last summer), Spooner Brook.
And here. Horton Brook. This (2) is Peter Horton, aged 93. He was born in this glorious little home and has lived here ever since...on the stream named for his family, near the hamlet of Horton, named for them, too. His ancestors arrived in these parts just after the Revolutionary War, back in the 1780's! By the 1800's they had built this perfect specimen of Americana. The kind of farmhouse you see in your mind's eye, the one with apple pie, stars, stripes and all. . .
Exploring backroads, as we always do (it's the only way to really get the feel of a place, it's context and history + authentic country views), we came upon this scene. It was too perfect. Peter was on his tractor. The brook was gurgling past. The red barn over yonder. So beautiful, it hurt. . .
Farther up Horton Road we found Merrill's Farm, in a sleepy corner of the world since 1868. Five-star AirB&B accommodations I'd seen on a map of the nearby Delaware Wild Forest while researching the area. It's in a valley of it's own, where the road ends...just magic. .
Follow your wanderlust. It will take you to some lovely places. .
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