Port Jervis, NY

Just above the bend in the river is where three states meet (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York), which has always given this place outsized importance, with each state building lookouts from which to view the other two. I can’t say I’ve come across the surname Brox anywhere but here. I wonder if it is related to Bronx, which itself is an alteration of Bronck’s, as in “the land belonging to Bronck”.

New York, NY

I had the pleasure of visiting Grant’s Tomb on President’s Day, 2019, one of a few days each year where they bring in a Ulysses S. Grant impersonator. Or maybe I should say the Ulysses S. Grant impersonator – how many can there be? Also notable is that the small trees shown here are now so tall that I don’t recall being able to see the GW Bridge, or even the river, for that matter.

Great Falls, MT

Great Falls takes its name from a series of five falls on the Missouri River, and there is a hydroelectric dam on every single one of them. It is also the home of the Roe River, known as the world’s shortest, though this claim is contested. It flows from a spring for a few hundred feet before reaching the Missouri.

New York, NY

A mere two winters ago I was running in Central Park almost daily. My wife had a short-term assignment at Lenox Hill Hospital and we lived in a tiny studio on the Upper West Side. At 5:30 we would meet near the John Lennon memorial, each day a little less dark than the one before.

Schenectady, NY

This was called the Great Western Gateway because it’s the most level route to the interior of the U.S. anywhere between Maine and Georgia. The “Great” part of the name fell out of use somewhere along the way.

Fredonia, NY

2021 is supposed to be the fourth and final year of an improvement project here that was to include a decorative perimeter fence, landscaping, replacement of walkways, and updates to the lighting fixtures and two water fountains (one pictured). I wonder how it’s coming along.