From Rustic to Deluxe...

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

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Monday, July 22, 2013

It was actually fun getting back into "Back to Basics" mode camping last night. It has been awhile since we camped sans hook-ups (of course, we still had the iPhone which made a hot spot, so we weren't without iPads during the experience!!) but we found that we could do it easily after all! We had a great supper made up of our planned leftovers (Yay!!) from Bemus Point and it was delicious. We then had a quiet evening reading being careful how we used our house batteries…no problem at all. It was fun seeing campfires in some of the sites surrounding us. Bedtime came around 9:30 and we were settled into our cozy little cocoon very nicely for a couple of hours when we both woke and realized showers were coming past. Since the overhead fan was open and running, and our windows were open, we had to get up and shut the windows at least as far as the rain shields and fix the fan so it would run partially closed and the rain wouldn’t shut it down. VERY comfortable sleeping…temps in the high 50’s (Brently, you would have hated it!) and we loved it.

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! We didn’t go far—just to the entrance to some of the trails that circle Watkins Glen Gorge.

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. The views were wonderful and it was amazing to see Cavern Cascade Falls and walk under it.

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.
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Lora Carbary on

Oh My Word. What a wonderful time you are having. I just loved these pictures and the video. I have had New York State on my bucket list for quite some time now. I knew someone who's father was a tanker truck driver and did a round trip weekly through NY state and he said it was the prettiest state he drove through. I loved the waterfalls and can't wait to see you guys when you get home to talk more. I will definitely work on David for this trip. The weather is fine by me since I like it cool. That park was nice.


Marian Herz on

Hi there,

Be sure to visit the glass museum in corning. It's quite interesting. If you along Cayuga Lake at some point, stop at the Bully Hill winery. It has an interesting story about Walter S. Taylor and his battle with Coke to use his name. Obviously he lost the battle. He personally did the art on the labels. The wine is good also. I think it's on the west side of the lake.

If you go north on rte. 13 to Ithaca, Buttermilk falls is pretty and has a trail that's easy and goes to the top of the falls. It's right on 13. If you go to Ithaca have lunch at the Moosewood restaurant. It was opened by the woman who wrote the Moosewood Cookbook. It's vegetarian but the food is wonderful.

dwlp.travelkids on

Thanks Marian...and to everyone else who has offered suggestions. We are making notes and if we are near we try to follow the suggestions. It sure makes doing this blog fun when you get feed back.

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