After leaving New York City, we went to some more of Carina's childhood homes and schools, in Suffern, Nyack and Newburgh. We also toured the lovely Hudson River valley, where we passed Sleepy Hollow, but we were fortunately on the other side of the river and thus were safe from any pumpkin-headed horsemen. We saw West Point and a decommissioned Air Force base that had been taken over by the Marines, and we saw Carina's high school, or as Dirk calls it, the country school for Fauntleroys.
I now take a break from the prepared material to discuss something that only seems to exist in the upper mid-Atlantic states, but needs to spread like wildfire to the Bay Area, at least: the twenty-four hour diner. We first started seeing them in Maryland, and they started to peter out in Connecticut, and hit their height in New York. Apparently, they're all owned by Greeks, because I think we went to five different diners, in four states, and they all were. These things have menus like phone books. The food may not be great, but it's not that bad either, and where else can you get chili, veal parmigiana, waffles, or souvlaki at 4:30 in the morning?
From there, we headed eastward through Connecticut and Rhode Island. These states are small, and there's not much to say about them. At one point, we passed through Mystic, Connecticut, where it turns out that not only is there a real Mystic Pizza, it had been around for fifteen years before the weepy movie of the same name. Also, Connecticut and Rhode Island look like Dockers commercials (or, alternatively, Polo commercials) brought to life.
We ended up in Plymouth, Mass. There is a Plymouth Rock, although it's not as big as it once was, apparently. We knew we were in New England, finally, when we found there was nothing to eat but lobstahs and chowdah (touristy seafood places actually spell them this way to help with the authenticity). Carina was in seventh heaven. Dirk had something called a "lobster roll", which is basically lobster salad in a hot dog roll. We didn't see any Pilgrims.