Fall Farm Ride (Hudson Valley)

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Last weekend we decided to get out of Brooklyn with a friend of ours, Evan. We headed out early from Red Hook into the city on the West Side Highway and linked up with the Taconic. As many of you know, the Taconic is a beautiful road with lots of trees and turns. The weather was also pretty nice in the early morning, which made for a good ride.

On the way up, we broke off the Taconic and headed west towards the Hudson. Once we got to the river, we realized that this was going to be an amazing day with beautiful fall foliage; majestic views from the bluffs and a substantial breakfast at a restaurant in Cold Springs called Hudson Hils. If you ever are looking for a good breakfast spot-check out this place, on Main Street in Cold Springs. You will not be disappointed.


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After breakfast, Evan recommended we go to his friend’s farm up the road, outside of Cold Springs. He sold us on going with stories of all the pigs and goats that were there. We were again on a beautiful road leading up to the 225-acre farm. Unlike many farms nowadays, Glynwood Farms is an active farm, in many ways. We got to experience the rolling hills, cobblestone roads, botanical garden and the large red barns scattered throughout the property. It reminded me of childhood memories from back in Wisconsin.


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The farm also had free-range livestock, which were all grass-fed and well taken care of. Sean was in heaven with the horses running around the property. Evan’s friend Don, who ran a major part of the farm, sold us some quality free-range meat from the farm, which we made chili out of this fine Sunday evening.


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The rain came as we rolled around the property on the motorcycles. Then it stopped, then it started, then it stopped, then it started. It didn’t however stop us from riding around and enjoying ourselves out of the city. We didn’t want to leave this place. But, the light was getting dimmer and the temperature was dropping, which meant we had to get back to the city.


We returned to Red Hook that evening on our bikes in the freezing dark, eager to get back to our warm apartments, and with fond memories of the adventures at Glynwood Farms that day.

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Sean Gilligan

Sean Gilligan and Justin C Knapp, each bring years of experience from varying backgrounds to contribute to the success and innovation of Cotter Pin. Sean brings an extensive knowledge of exceeding clients expectations, creating compelling visual narratives and understanding the sustained focus required of being an entrepreneur from his 20+ year background as a Commercial Photographer. Justin also has an impressive repeat client list, a rich knowledge of materials from his experience in finish carpentry/exhibit installation and a true appreciation for & dedication to the love of quality craftmanship. Both men bring a high level of detail orientation to their product design, respect deadlines and all of the vendors they have the pleasure of working with. Cotter Pin is founded on principles of collaboration and creating products which encourage all people to spend time outside, enjoying "the simple things" and appreciating natural beauty. Sean and Justin are both avid nature lovers, who believe that spending time outside is the best remedy to many of society ills.