Exploring Bannerman Castle

I have the extreme pleasure to be part of the Nikon/Subaru Hudson Valley Adventure this week. Today I drove a brand new 2014 Subaru Forester turbo 2.0XT, which carries the new 250-hp turbocharged flat-four based on the BRZ’s naturally aspirated 2.0-liter engine. Truly a joy ride!

At one point, it was raining so hard the roads were submerged in areas. The Forester barreled right through, creating impressive waves of water and shocked looks from drivers struggling to navigate the road.

While the rain put a damper on my kayaking plans, it didn’t stop our group from boarding a ferry to Bannerman Castle.


The simulated Scottish castle, arsenal complex and residence was constructed in 1905 by Frank Bannerman. A gifted gardener, Frank’s wife Helen beautified the island with colorful flowers and shrubs — many of which still exist today!


The residence’s outhouse. It was a two-seater, in case you’re interested.


Bannerman repurposed radiators, steel pipes, even bedsprings into the foundation and walls of his buildings. Remnants remain on the property as the buildings deteriorated over time.


Tomorrow’s plans include rock climbing and mountain biking. Check back soon!

A word about the images in this post: Nikon provided us with their newly released Nikon 1 AW1 advanced camera with interchangeable lenses — it’s touted as the world’s first digital camera with interchangeable lenses that is waterproof to 15 m. It can also withstand the shock of a fall from up to 2 m. Tech talk aside, it is an amazing camera. I loved its user-friendliness, compact size and lightning fast continuous shooting.

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