No Hook-ups tonight!!

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

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

This was our first Sunday morning in camp on the road and, as we always try to do when in the RV on Sunday, we used our dated "Devotionals for Couples" book. We read the devotional  and then have prayers to get our day started. We always write the year and place we are staying in on the top of the page we are working on. The last time we did a devotional on this particular date was in 2006 in Park City, Utah. This is a fun way to both share time with each other and also remember other trips we have made. By the way Jim Bob and Reneeagade...tomorrow's date was when the four of us were in Alfred, Maine on our way to Canada!

Pulling out of camp at 9:25 we headed towards Jamestown, NY traveling along the lower section of Lake Chatuaqua. The views were wide and the countryside is beautiful. The temperature as we started out was 70, and we could tell that the humidity has dropped making everything more comfortable.

Jamestown was a much larger town than we had expected it to be. The area around it is very hilly which is a change from some of the towns we have been through lately. Jamestown is also the home of Lucille Ball and we stopped by the Lucy/Desi Museum in town hoping that we could tour it. Unfortunately, it doesn't open until 11:00 on Sunday and we arrived before 10:00. We did walk up and down the street for a block or so but decided that we had too many miles to travel today to wait until the museum opened and therefore we headed on down the road. (We did meet a couple of ladies from New York State who had just gotten back from some type of Civil War reenactment...and were still fighting the war! Nice ladies but a little intense.) There were many big churches in town (thought about Jacob and hoped that he was having a good day today and sent prayers and good thoughts his way) but didn't see many cars parked at them. The busiest church we saw today was a tiny one in a small village down the road and they had cars parked along the berm and their lot was full. Makes you wonder.

Our choice of road today was to use the back roads as much as possible, but we did drive along I-86 for a few miles. The views from there were lovely. We pulled off at the Salamanca, NY which is the home of the Senaca/Iroquois Nation. Today was the final day of a Pow Wow so there were several folks in town. We drove through town first and were surprised at the size, number, and neatness of many of the homes there. It didn't look like any Indian Reservation towns that we have seen before as they are usually pretty poor looking. The downtown...not so much on the affluent side. Many stores were closed and it was sort of sad to see. Driving back through town, we stopped at the Senaca Museum for a short tour. While inside, we met Richard David Hamell who is an Associate Professor Emeritus/Paleontologist/Archaeologist and a expert in weaving Wampum Belt Reproductions. He was just there for a few days showing how he weaves the belts and giving short lectures on them to those who come by the museum. We were the only ones there at the time so we really had a good conversation with him. I had been under the impression that wampum was trade beads/currency for Indian Nations. Not so. They are actually large pieces of woven work made with beads of marine shells and each wampum belt is different. The designs on them tell a story...usually of a treaty that has been made to last from shining sun to evermore...most of which have been broken! You can learn more about wampum belts at his web site, if you are interested.

We left the museum at 12:50 and traveled a VERY rough road on the was rough enough that Larry would have said it was "shaking our liver lights out". Not sure what that means exactly, but that is what we thought was happening! Therefore we pulled of the interstate onto State Route 417 at Olean, NY driving through many small villages on pretty winding country roads. It is obvious that the small towns here don't have enough money to keep up their infrastructure, as the roads are worn out in many of them. Some of the towns looked as if the last one out truly had turned out the lights! However, it was nice to see hills around us as we traveled. There was some beautiful farm land and we actually were back in Amish country for part of our drive.

At 4:55 we arrived at Watkins Glen State Park which is our home for the evening. We truly are camping tonight as we have no hookups. It is possible that we can get one tomorrow and we will make the call then whether we want to stay another night here or find space where we might tour tomorrow. It is a lovely park which reminds us somewhat of Cades Cove in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park...just better maintained. Since we don't have electric at our site, I may not be able to post this blog or its pictures today. If you get it today (Sunday) I was able to do it, if not I will get it out when I have power as well as internet (I have my own hot spot with the phone so may get written part out and do the pictures another day). Just stay will know what I have been able to do as soon as I know!

We drove 180 miles today. 

PS...was able to get on line and publish the written part of today's blog. Getting too late in the evening to run the generator so that I can upload my pictures so I will try to do that tomorrow. 
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Linda & Tom on

Hi you two... We were surprised that you could not get an elec site on a Sunday. Unually folks have started home on Sunday. We hope tomorrow works out well. Be safe...

Carol O on

Harold and I travelled this so I am reliving that trip with you. Safe travels dear hearts.

Mary Margaret on

I really like the way you started your Sunday morning! I'm sure it brings more meaning to all that you see.

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