Sometimes you get the bear…

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Camp Prendergast

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Friday, July 19, 2013

After I posted yesterday evening, we took a few more pictures. The first two are of a really unusual golf cart that a person who stays here seasonally built. It is unique as I am sure you will agree! The others are of John in front of Mufasa's site last night and also the view from the front of our rig, which was a very nice one.

We pulled out of camp at 9:40 this morning and I would confess that we stopped at McDonald’s for breakfast but since that sounds so decadent, I won’t. Our morning was beautiful—blue skies which are always nice. It was another hot one today (high 80’s) but the forecast this weekend is for cooler weather and for the all important humidity to drop, which will be a blessing. It isn’t as humid here as it can and does get at home, but a lower number should make things more pleasant to say the least.

Our route today was once again along the shore of Lake Erie. The road we traveled was the lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail/Great Lakes Circle Tour. We were surprised at the number of vineyards we saw until we remembered what good wine Jim Bob used to bring back to ORA in the winter. Ashtabula was one of the towns we drove through. We could tell that we were out of the highly affluent areas of yesterday but were instead in a nice middle class area. There was the occasional McMansion along the bluff following the shore line, but most houses were smaller and looked as if they had been there for awhile although they were well taken care of.

The wind continued to pick up as we went through the day. Close to Conneaut, Ohio there were even white caps on the lake. There was a very nice city park in Conneaut and we stopped there around 11:00 to look at the view and take a few pictures. We stood up on the high bank/bluff overlooking the lake and were amazed at the size of the beach…and that the beach had been groomed with some type of machine with long boardwalks leading out to the water. There were several people on the beach and the view was lovely. I have tried to include a video today...hope it works!

Crossing into Pennsylvania around 11:30 we purposely stayed on back roads trying to avoid the interstate as much as possible. The wind continued to pick up as we drove toward Presque Isle State Park and did the loop drive through it. We could tell that this park is a great one for folks to come to and enjoy the water. There were many places to stop for beaches and if you had a bike, it would be a fantastic place to ride. Across an arm of the lake we could see Erie, PA and from something I read, I think there is a ferry that could be taken from the city over to the park which would make a nice day trip I am sure. The water was REALLY tossing and turning here…we wouldn’t have wanted to be on a boat in it today!

Leaving Erie we headed toward Chautauqua, NY. Remembering that Doris and Joe had so highly recommended that we get a meal of Walleye, we kept our eyes open as we drove through Erie on the way out of town. John just happened to get a glimpse of a restaurant as we were getting close to the interstate, and immediately pulled to the curb to check it out. The name of the restaurant is George’s and we found out it was listed on Trip Advisor as #37 in the whole town of Erie. Well, we don’t know about any of the other restaurants from first hand observation, but we can testify that George’s really does make a fantastic meal when it comes to preparing Walleye! Since we had just parked along the side of the road to check and see if they served Walleye, we didn’t feel comfortable leaving the RV to go inside to eat. Therefore John got a takeout meal instead, and we drove about mile down the road until we found a city park to pull into so that we could eat. For $9:00 we got four BIG pieces of Walleye, a large serving of homemade mashed potatoes (they were wonderful!), Cole slaw and tartar sauce. Yum, yum! Once again Doris and Joe hit a home run! I think we have enough left over for supper this evening.

Crossing into New York around 2:30, we continued to enjoy the scenery. The land is rolling and there were lots of hardwood trees amid lovely grassy areas. Getting into Chautauqua around 3:00 we drove past the Chautauqua Institute and then down the road a couple of miles looking for a campground for the next couple of nights. We thought we had found a good one but after over 40 minutes of trying to get level (never happened) we decided we would just make do…and then we tried the electric…bummer. It just wasn’t strong enough to run the A/C and we were afraid it would burn our compressor out, so we had to leave (color us disgruntled at this point) and head out to try once again. I am here to tell you that when you are ready to stop for the evening and then have to struggle to make it work, this isn’t necessarily a good thing! Nonetheless, about three miles down the road we pulled into Camp Prendergast RV Park and have found our home for the next two nights. The site we are on is a new one the owner just recently set up…we are the third person to stay here. We could level without blocks and the power is running the A/C, so we are good to go. As a friend of ours from ORA in Melbourne Beach used to say, "Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you." All of this is just part of the joy of RVing!

We were finally set up for the night around 5:30 having driven 121 miles today…and probably idled our engine for the equivalent of at least 30 more!
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Judy Hooker on

I am certainly enjoying your daily updates. Keep them coming!

D. Crip and The Stinger on

You are really getting into some pretty country in your travels this time around! Good on you for scoring the walleye lunch (and dinner). I'm a light house freak so I really liked that picture. Glad you two finally found a level site with some good power for your A/C. Miss you!

Laura & Tom on

Enjoying your blog each day. Tom and I were laughing that if we did one for our colorado trip next week it would be: Drove 350 miles today, stopped at a rest stop and ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, pulled into the dustiest spot we could find in Amarillo, Texas at 110 Degrees, ate a hamburger, watched a movie and went to bed! Still waiting on you to play Words With Friends! Love your favorite daughter and son-in-law!

dwlp.travelkids on

Well, Miss Favorite OLDER daughter and favorite son in law...from may wish you hadn't encouraged me to play Words since I just did AND got 50 points!!! Yay for me! Love you loads. Mom

Pat Morrell on

Yeah ! You are in my home state. :)

Look for those moments that will become memorable.

Warm wishes,

kCs on

Mike and I are enjoying your blog! We asked Caleb and Ashton if they have read it and they gave us a blank stare. Don't take it personal...they don't pay attention to us either. Your trip is probably more exciting than our Charlotte/Carowinds trip. But I may get to go to IKEA tomorrow. Laura...make sure you buy the bigger jar of Peanut Butter! :D

dwlp.travelkids on

Well, you just have to love them anyway blank stares and all.

David Carbary on


Lora Carbary on

David has fixed my computer and I can now post a comment. I need to get caught up on the blog.

Love you,

Lora Carbary on

I am so happy that David has fixed my PC. Yes since I am a big foodie person I just love the info on all the meals. That would be my favorite thing to do in an RV is plan out all the restaurants and getting all the home made pie. I also love Walleye and have had it many times in Wisconsin and growing up my parents loved fish so we did lots of stops for that. I love all the pictures and hearing about the trip.

You are getting some better weather it is very hot here and glad you are safe and having a good time.

dwlp.travelkids on

Lora...glad you got back on track with your PC...Go David! Thanks for the comments and the interest!

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