HARD TO BELIEVE ONLY SIX WEEKS AGO, this whole area was covered in feet of snow. Today it's resplendent in the rebirth of green everywhere. This morning after saying goodbye to family, I drove out of Manhattan, over the GW bridge and up the river to Poughkeepsie then on to Rhinebeck to visit my good friend, via Hyde Park where I stopped to take a few photos of FDR's summer home with daffodils. After taking a few things out of the car, we drove north for a late afternoon amble along Poet's Walk on the river. The day was sunny and cool with a brisk wind on all sides. Good conversations were had by all and many laughs too.