Yes, NY state is beautiful. It reminds me very much of PA as well, in some parts NJ.I don't know anything about NY state except that it is where my relatives in Colbleskill live, and we have not seen them in a long time. Coming from Vermont where my youngest went to look art colleges, we came back via NY state.
Nice to have horses! I love them and had a chance to ride one visiting a distant cousin when I was younger but that's all the experience I've had with them.
I do miss NJ for its beaches and lighthouses. They aren't any beaches here in Ohio as you know, being its an insular state but if you want to see beaches you need to up to Michigan. Some day I will visit. Incidentally, I wasn't "supposed" to move here--I wanted to go to New Hampshire or Maine to retire, but these states were far from my girls and also very harsh in the winter (much like Buffalo), so I decided to come here to be by the girls. It didnt snow much at all last winter--about 7 inches in total, so I'm thankful for that.
Yes, I remember Sam is from NYC, and so am I, native NYer raised in Manhattan. Its good to hear from people here who share that common bond.