Jamestown NY hotels. Reservations for hotels in Jamestown New York USA. Camelopard presents advice, anecdotes and warnings for travellers. Myths, legends, fearsome critters, ghosts, folklore, monsters, hauntings and eerie tales of New York State. Sights, attractions, wildlife, national and state parks and/or forests of New York State.
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Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State
Black-crowned night herons, coyotes, common loons, diamondback terrapins, common egrets, leatherback turtles, red-breasted mergansers, common goldeneyes, spotted turtles, water snakes, smooth green snakes, horseshoe crabs, white-winged scoters, brown garter snakes, bottle-nosed dolphins, great egrets, black bears, blue-winged warblers, snowshoe hares, harbor seals, Eastern cottontail rabbits, bobcats, Baltimore orioles, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, northern shovelers, spotted salamanders, black racer snakes, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, porpoises, red foxes, brown thrashers, weasels, raccoons, snowy owls, black capped chickadees, pintails, milk snakes, woodchucks, bobolinks, porcupines, scarlet tanagers, common nighthawks, fiddler crabs, gray foxes, hooded mergansers, painted turtles, black vultures, spring peepers, woodcocks, box turtles, beavers, peregrine falcons, Eastern chipmunks, ruby-throated hummingbirds, widgeons, wild turkeys, piping plovers, canvasbacks, turkey vultures, ruffed grouse, sea turtles, White-tailed deer, bald eagles, great horned owls, oldsquaws, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, bobwhite quails, Eastern bluebirds, red-winged blackbirds, muskrats, big brown bats, American goldfinches, whip-poor-wills, snapping turtles, ospreys, cardinals, belted kingfishers, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, Eastern gray squirrels, screech owls, great blue herons, little brown bats, opossums, snowy egrets, pilot whales, fishers, pileated woodpeckers, minks, rufous sided towhees and otters are among the wild animals of New York State.
Monsters, Folklore, Scary Stories, Legends, Myths and Ghosts in New York State
The pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; 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 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); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; and 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, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.
The finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); 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 giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; 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; and 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), are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.
The incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); 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; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; 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 witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; 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.
America has some of the best facilities for travellers in the world. Being familiar with the USA is as important in the modern Grand Tour as familiarity with Europe. Detroit, Juneau, Kansas City, Philadelphia, Sacramento, Indianapolis, San Diego, Corpus Christi, St Louis, Washington DC, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, Boston, Houston, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Miami, Dallas, Anchorage, Salt Lake City, Seattle, Atlantic City, Fairbanks, Sitka, New York, Lake Tahoe, Skagway, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, Savannah, New Orleans and Las Vegas 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 Mount Rushmore, the Ozarks, Niagara Falls, Mount Rainier National Park, Route 66, the Disney resorts, Yosemite National Park, rodeos, the Appalachians, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Florida Keys, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the wild west town of Tombstone, Bryce Canyon, Glacier Bay National Park, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Everglades, the Adirondacks, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the California coastline and the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta.
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. Happy travelling!
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