Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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After our slow morning, we decided to drive around Lake Chautauqua, leaving around 1:00. Since we had to drive past the Chautauqua information center anyway, we chose to stop in to get some information about a possible tour tomorrow. We discovered while we were there that there was a guided bus tour leaving at 2:00 which we had plenty of time to catch. Since the earliest time tomorrow would again be 2:00, we decided to take the tour rather than driving the circle tour around the lake
Our guide, Art, did a wonderful job. The area is fascinating—lots of impressive “cottages” in the area ranging from quite small to quite large. There were a few cottages at one end of the town that were built in the 50's and have that look. Apparently the city fathers were appalled when cottages of the 50's era began to be built, so they formed a what else...(can DWLPers say it in unison)…a MODIFICTION committee! At any rate, now any new building is required to match the style of the original period, and we will have to say the newer homes are very impressive. They look totally like period homes with all the modern conveniences…inside! They have to be monstrously expensive to build. VERY high end.
According to a brochure we picked up, “Chautauqua County’s roots reach far into history as a place for gatherings. Native Americans settled here before European explorers used this land to access the Ohio River and the country's interior. Later, vacationers from Pittsburgh, New York, and Ohio came to expand their minds through summer camps and vacation learning, a tradition the spread through the country.
In the late nineteenth century, summer assemblies’ sprang up on several area lakes
We shout out our thanks to Oldcat and Anita F. for suggesting the stop in Chautauqua…we enjoyed our visit there enormously.
Today was cloudy most of the day which made for pleasant touring. We left the town of Chautauqua after our tour at 3:50. Since it was still early, we decided to go ahead with our earlier planned Chautauqua Lake Loop tour, driving through the village of Mayville first. It is a pretty little town and seemed to be quite busy with tourists.
After driving around the upper end of the lake, we arrived in Bemus Point at 4:15. Since Oldcat had suggested that we eat at The Italian Fisherman there we started looking for a parking space big enough for The Big Muf…not an easy thing to do as it turned out
We walked a couple of blocks back down to the lake shore (getting caught up in a sudden heavy rain shower on the way down the street) and ate lunch (as per instructions) at The Italian Fisherman which lies on the lake shore and thus has a beautiful view. Our waitress was good and we enjoyed dealing with her. We ordered too much to eat (it was ALL delicious), but knew that we had over ordered and took our planned leftovers back to the RV when we finished our meal. Bemus Point is a cute little town and would have been fun to wander around in if we had been there earlier. Instead we stopped at an ice cream store on the way back to Mufasa and shared a cup of ice cream. (SOMEONE had to do it!!)
At 6:30 we started back to Camp Prendergast where we got settled in again for the evening. On the way in we stopped for gasoline--$3.79/galleon.
We drove the Grand Total of 25 miles today!