Lauren was hesitant to take the controls, so I decided that a sightseeing flight of New York's Hudson Valley was a better option. She marveled at the view of the cliffs she rock-climbs below the Mohonk Mountain House, a 265-room Victorian castle built on a lakeside cliff in 1869, and got excited when she was able to spot her home. On the way back north toward Columbia County, we circled Olana, a Persian-style palace that was the home of Frederic Edwin Church, a member of the Hudson River School. Olana, only about six miles southwest of Columbia County Airport, is a popular local attraction for aerial and surface sightseers. I was splitting my attention between the terrain, the airplane, watching for traffic and monitoring Lauren's comfort and the local unicom frequency when I heard a pilot announce he was taking off on Runway 21 from the Columbia County Airport.