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