Today I visited Kinderhook, NY, one of my favorite places. It's a bucolic Hudson Valley village full of 18th and 19th century homes and feels more New England than NY (many towns/villages in NY lack a New England-esque village/town square; Kinderhook does not). It's also where Martin Van Buren was born and where he returned to enjoy retirement. After the presidency he bought an estate named Lindenwald, which is outside of the village in the rolling countryside. The house is imposing; I'm kind of peeved I didn't get to go inside, as it's closed 'til May. But it was only a 25 minute trip. I remember reading about the fallen mulberry tree back when the 2011 ice storm hit. Stumbling across it was a pleasant surprise.