Emily and I were very excited to continue our AFI fan girl adventure, mostly my AFI fan girl adventure, to the shady city of Poughkeepsie, New York. My first and only time in Poughkeepsie was for a Circa Survive show back in March, where the city felt like a stranded ghost town, or as Emily described it, Pompeii. We barely saw any humans walking around or driving, and since it was a Sunday, the majority of restaurants and stores were closed. When I found out AFI was playing in the same strange city as Circa did, I wanted to explore Poughkeepsie instead of driving back to Jersey after the show. I have been a huge AFI fan since I was 12 and have no problem waiting in line for 10+ hours to guarantee a spot in front of the barricade, but this show was the first time AFI would be playing in the middle of the winter. With it being 25 degrees outside, hotel check-in at 4pm, and Emily persuading me it was way too crazy to wait in line for hours, we decided to leave at 2pm. We checked into The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel around 4:30 where we decided it was time to reward ourselves with an early lunch and some celebratory drinks at the Market Street Bar & Grill.
With the doors to the show opening at 6:30pm, we left our hotel room at 6:10 where we reached The Chance Theater five minutes later. The Chance had a very unorganized line set up with separate lines for ticket holders and will call tickets, but luckily my friend Anthony had been waiting in line. We clustered onto the line/crowd Anthony was in, and after waiting only 20 minutes in line, we were able to be in front of the barricade on Hunter's side. Just like all the other AFI shows I've been going to since I was 15, the band put on an amazing show.
The next morning we had complimentary breakfast and started off on our Poughkeepsie adventure as an Alaskan and British bear hunters.
The Walkway Over The Hudson is the world's largest pedestrian bridge. At 1.28 miles long and 212 feet above the Hudson River, the 25 degree weather and winds felt amazing.
After freezing our behinds off we went to The Hyde Park Brewing Company for lunch.
Before our trip we knew we wanted to take a tour of Franklin D. Roosevelt's home. While checking out the events, we realized that we would be there for his 132 Birthday Party, very awesome and pathetic at the same time.