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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Merrick New York hotel. The famous and/or historic hotels of the world are major destinations in their own right. The Sofitel Rio de Janeiro Copacabana, the Goldeneye Hotel (once the home of James Bond author Ian Fleming) in Jamaica's Oracabessa Bay, the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town, the Belmond Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro, the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, the Imperial Hotel in Delhi and the Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau. are internationally renowned hotels.

    Scary Stories, Legends, Monsters, Ghosts, Folklore and Myths 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 pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); 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 skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    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 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; 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 witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes; 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; and 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, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in 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; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets; the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; 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); and the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.

    Birds, Reptiles, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Piping plovers, canvasbacks, raccoons, ruffed grouse, cardinals, weasels, brown garter snakes, pintails, little brown bats, rufous sided towhees, porcupines, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, fishers, white-winged scoters, water snakes, sea turtles, Baltimore orioles, black racer snakes, whip-poor-wills, hooded mergansers, fiddler crabs, porpoises, muskrats, black capped chickadees, ospreys, White-tailed deer, Eastern chipmunks, box turtles, oldsquaws, gray foxes, red foxes, great horned owls, painted turtles, big brown bats, peregrine falcons, American goldfinches, brown thrashers, woodcocks, spring peepers, black-crowned night herons, bottle-nosed dolphins, Eastern gray squirrels, minks, beavers, bobwhite quails, ruby-throated hummingbirds, northern shovelers, great egrets, widgeons, opossums, bobolinks, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, woodchucks, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, smooth green snakes, coyotes, leatherback turtles, Eastern cottontail rabbits, red-breasted mergansers, bobcats, common egrets, common nighthawks, spotted salamanders, spotted turtles, turkey vultures, horseshoe crabs, pilot whales, common loons, snowy egrets, scarlet tanagers, belted kingfishers, screech owls, bald eagles, milk snakes, otters, snowy owls, Eastern bluebirds, blue-winged warblers, great blue herons, wild turkeys, black bears, diamondback terrapins, a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s, pileated woodpeckers, black vultures, harbor seals, common goldeneyes, snapping turtles, snowshoe hares and red-winged blackbirds are among the wild animals of New York State.


    The USA has always welcomed friendly travellers from all over the world. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Savannah, New York, Atlanta, Anchorage, Philadelphia, Washington DC, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Santa Fe, Fairbanks, Phoenix, Atlantic City, San Francisco, Albuquerque, St Louis, Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Lake Tahoe, Sacramento, Sitka, San Diego, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, Skagway, Boston, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Seattle, Miami, Detroit, Honolulu, Chicago, Kansas City, Juneau and Corpus Christi. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. Route 66, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Yellowstone National Park, the Florida Keys, rodeos, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the California coastline, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, the Everglades, Mount Rainier National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, Niagara Falls, the Okefenokee Swamp, the Arctic wilderness of Alaska, Glacier Bay National Park, the Ozarks, the Disney resorts, Bryce Canyon, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, the Grand Canyon, the wild west town of Tombstone, the Adirondacks, Mount Rushmore, the Appalachians, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta and Yosemite National Park are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. We hope that you found today's Camelopard tip useful.

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