WRAPPING UP THE NORTHEAST



MONDAY

TRAVEL DAY
YEAR #2 - STOP #46



With today's 200+ mile travel day from the Finger Lakes Region of New York to the northwestern corner of Pennsylvania, we wrap up our four month visit to the Northeast Region of the United States. We took the time to visit all nine states while we were here, which included a visit to Acadia National Park, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the big cities of Philadelphia, New York and Boston, the Easternmost Point in the continental U.S., and even a quick 5-hour visit to Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada.

We have definitely been in what I refer to as vacation mode and it's starting to wear us down. So our next few stops involve no sightseeing, with no plans other than relax and get a little bit of work done. It doesn't mean we won't have anything to share on this blog, except what it's like to live full-time on the road in our Airstream.


Today we did take time for a short break to visit the Kinzua Dam which just so happens to be along our travel route. Like most mountainous area dams in the United States, it is a hydroelectric dam, that provides power to the surrounding area, in addition to flood control.

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The Kinzua Dam was finished in 1965.

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A look back at ROVER and THE POD in the parking lot.

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The hydroelectric plant next to the outflow side of the dam.



WEDNESDAY - After we were all settled in at our new home we spent a lot of time relaxing outside under our awning. This evening I noticed a couple campers going from site to site with pen and paper in hand, I knew exactly what they were up to. So many times we see campers taking note of which sites to reserve if they ever return to the campground. We did the same thing back in Florida! But now we hardly ever stay in the same place twice.

When they walked into the empty campsite next to ours to try a get a look at the little river which runs behind most of the sites I spoke out and offered them a chance to see the river from our site. It has what I believe to be the best view in the campground and even has a foot path which leads down to the water. They seemed a little surprised I knew what they were up to, but accepted my invitation anyway. We then spent the next 45 minutes getting to know each other.

We enjoyed their company so much we made plans to have them back the next night for a campfire. This time they brought chairs and all the firewood. It rained on and off most of the night and we kept moving back and forth from around the fire to under our awning. They also brought marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers (aka s'mores). We introduced them to the adult version of s'mores by offering a little Bailey's Irish Creme to dip the melted marshmallows in. Let's just say, I don't think they'll ever go camping again without at least a little bit of Bailey's onboard!

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All nestled in at our new home for the week.

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A side view of our campsite.

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Our pathway down to the waters edge.

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Downstream view from our campsite




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2 comments:

  1. Our longest RV trip was 6 months but I know what it means to become road weary. Every few weeks we took a week off to rest. Seeing so much beauty, history and art was kind of overwhelming.
    It would be great to be able to have a database of A Grade sites at State and private campgrounds. Our modus operandi is to travel just on a general itinerary. When we feel the urge to stop I check for state parks within range. Rangers will suggest sites, if available.
    Enjoy your tree bathing.

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    1. Hey again Norma!
      Campendium.com and CampsitePhotos.com are the two resources we use most often to select our sites when making advance reservations. If neither site offers any help I always call the Ranger Station or Campground Office looking for help in making my selection.

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