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Scary Stories, Monsters, Folklore, Ghosts, Myths and Legends in New York State
The Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; and the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
The ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; and the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
The Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); and the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.
Reptiles, Mammals, Birds and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
Coyotes, bobolinks, big brown bats, turkey vultures, bald eagles, raccoons, snapping turtles, common egrets, great egrets, wild turkeys, milk snakes, black capped chickadees, bobwhite quails, common loons, ospreys, pileated woodpeckers, northern shovelers, woodchucks, smooth green snakes, painted turtles, box turtles, little brown bats, horseshoe crabs, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, otters, piping plovers, fiddler crabs, black bears, ruby-throated hummingbirds, peregrine falcons, brown thrashers, red-winged blackbirds, gray foxes, bottle-nosed dolphins, pilot whales, opossums, pintails, spotted turtles, cardinals, minks, belted kingfishers, woodcocks, harbor seals, hooded mergansers, White-tailed deer, common nighthawks, beavers, oldsquaws, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, blue-winged warblers, leatherback turtles, spring peepers, spotted salamanders, black-crowned night herons, diamondback terrapins, great blue herons, ruffed grouse, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, Eastern cottontail rabbits, snowshoe hares, great horned owls, snowy owls, whip-poor-wills, Baltimore orioles, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, weasels, porpoises, snowy egrets, muskrats, American goldfinches, canvasbacks, fishers, Eastern chipmunks, Eastern gray squirrels, red foxes, brown garter snakes, Eastern bluebirds, widgeons, bobcats, screech owls, scarlet tanagers, black vultures, common goldeneyes, sea turtles, rufous sided towhees, white-winged scoters, water snakes, black racer snakes, porcupines and red-breasted mergansers are among the wild animals of New York State.
Welcome to the United States. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. New York, Santa Fe, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Minneapolis, Skagway, Anchorage, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Phoenix, New Orleans, San Francisco, Boston, Juneau, Las Vegas, Detroit, Fairbanks, Lake Tahoe, Philadelphia, Kansas City, Atlantic City, Corpus Christi, Atlanta, Washington DC, Sitka, Seattle, Sacramento, Indianapolis, Savannah, Honolulu, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, Houston and St Louis are among the most famous cities in the USA. Other American mainland sites that should not be missed if a visitor to America, or an American for that matter, is to be regarded as well travelled, include Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Yosemite National Park, the Okefenokee Swamp, rodeos, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Florida Keys, the wild west town of Tombstone, Route 66, Glacier Bay National Park, the California coastline, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, the Disney resorts, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Adirondacks, Mount Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Mount Rainier National Park, the Grand Canyon, the Appalachians, the Ozarks, Niagara Falls, the Everglades and Bryce Canyon.
The United States of America are so enormous that even most Americans cannot "know" all of their own country. Even visiting every state would be a major undertaking. It is possible, however, to visit the iconic places known all over the world, especially through Hollywood movies. We at camelopard.com wish you a pleasant journey in the USA.
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