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Anyone who has made a trip up the Hudson River has seen the Catskill Mountains. The mountains are to the west of the river. They go up and up above the land. At the bottom of the mountains, there was once a village. It was an old Dutch village. There lived a man named Rip Van Winkle. Rip Van Winkle was a kind man. He worked hard to help others. But he did not work hard to make money. Rip was lazy at that kind of work! He did not keep his farm looking well. His house was falling down. His plants would not live. His children looked as run down as his farm. All of this did not keep Rip from trying to be happy.