From Rustic to Deluxe...
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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We woke up to the sight of a REAL campground this morning. The light was coming through the tall trees surrounding us making the leaves look as though they were backlit. Folks were coming out of their tents and different camping rigs, children were out and about riding their bikes and campfires were being rekindled. Clothes that had been hung on lines to dry were going to have a little longer to go because of the shower last night. The birds seemed to be happy with the morning as they were singing their little heads off. This was a treat for us as last year we had suddenly realized that we are no longer campers—we tour! We are OK with that designation, but it is nice to slip back into the days of yore occasionally and remember how much fun we had when our children were small and we would travel with friends to various places and actually camp.
Our campsite was very nice as was the whole campground. We were struck by the fact that there is much less undergrowth here in northern climes than we are used to back home. The trees seem to go up forever and the angle of the light this far north gives things a different look.
We pulled out of our campsite at 9:15…remarking on how quickly we can leave when we don’t have any tethers to remove and stow away before we do so
This park features a spectacular narrow gorge where you can hike alongside Glen Creek past deep pools, water-sculpted rocks and nineteen waterfalls. You can experience the park’s rich scenery along hiking trails in and above the gorge, at scenic picnic areas, or at the park’s Olympic-sized pool.
Water has shaped the natural landscape of the park. During the past million years, water in the form of giant mounds of ice, or glaciers, covered New York State several times, dramatically transforming the land in its path. In this region, the most recent glacier moved through shallow river valleys leaving in its place deep, step-sided troughs. When the glacier receded north about 10,000 years ago, water filled these new troughs, creating the 11 Finger Lakes which include Seneca Lake. Since then, water in the form of Glen Creek has poured down the glacially-steepened hillside, cutting away its soft sedimentary rock. This on-going process has formed this park’s rugged gorge and spectacular waterfalls. Glen come from and old Greek word meaning “small, narrow, secluded valley.”
We very much enjoyed our hike today
We had decided earlier that we would not stay another night in the state park. We have been on the road long enough it was time to do laundry and that wasn’t an easy thing to accomplish in a state park. We had thought that we would get a campsite at a park that had laundry facilities and then go on into Corning, NY and tour the museum there. However, after we got our site at the KOA Corning/Watkins Glen RV Resort we decided instead to call it a day as far as travel was concerned and catch up on laundry and just enjoy watching folks in the campground. Our site is great…just steps from their laundry room, level (YAY!) and the electricity is good. We did four loads of laundry…WHERE does it all come from?? I posted yesterdays pictures on the blog and am now finishing today’s. We are going to have some cheese and crackers and nuts and a Dr. Pepper and enjoy sitting on our (CONCRETE!!) patio and watch the world go by. Life is good!
We drove a grand total of 28 miles today.