A while back, when I was posting on Facebook looking for people to host me throughout my travels, a woman named Terrie invited me to stay at her house in the city of Brea, in Orange County in California. I got in touch with her again a few weeks ago to take her up on her offer, and last night I arrived. We were chatting, and I asked her if she remembered how she originally discovered my Facebook page and my photography. I was assuming it would be from the year I spent in Hermosa Beach, California, or maybe when I spent several months in San Diego. But no...she said it was when I was posting photos of Mohonk. For those of you who don't know what Mohonk is, it's a mountain with a beautiful old hotel, lake, and hiking trails in Ulster County in New York, just a few miles from where I grew up, and where I call home again. I was very surprised, and asked her where she is from. It turns out she grew up in a county across the river...Dutchess County. So we had some fun talking about that. And look, she even has Hudson Valley coffee mugs.
It never ceases to amaze me how many of my travel experiences and the people that I meet can be traced back to the photos I've shot in the Hudson Valley, and the way that the word has spread from there.
How cool is that??