It occurred to me that some readers might not know much about the Albany area. It is also known as the "Capital Region" of New York State. Albany is the NY state capital.
Other major cities in this part of NY include Schenectady, Troy, and Saratoga Springs. Smaller cities in the vicinity include Amsterdam, Gloversville, Johnstown, Cohoes, Watervliet, Rensselaer, and Hudson.
There are also some large towns. The population of Colonie NY is almost as large as the city of Albany. Others include Guilderland (my hometown), Clifton Park, Bethlehem, Niskayuna, Rotterdam, and ... well that list could get long.
There's a lot of history around. There's also some very pleasant places. Lake George is gorgeous year-round and quite popular in the summer. Saratoga Springs is also very popular. Both are perhaps playgrounds for the rich from downstate New York. The Hudson and Mohawk rivers are quite beautiful, if you ask me.
One of my favorite spots is John Boyd Thacher State Park. It has a trail called the "Indian Ladder Trail". You walk down a lot of stairs and then along the bottom of a big cliff. Along the way, if conditions are right, you see some very impressive waterfalls.
All in all, a nice place to live. It can be a tough sell as place to visit. But when my friends do visit and I show them these places, they do seem to like it.