Men and Women are created equal...

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

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Where I stayed
The Villages at Turning Stone RV Resort
What I did
Seneca Falls Lock 2 and 3 on Cayuga-Seneca Canal

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

It was 51 degrees when we got up to an absolutely beautiful morning! The skies were perfectly blue and the angle of light this far north seemed to make each leaf on each tree stand out individually. Lovely!

We pulled out of our site at 10:05…and made it about twenty feet before stopping and having another conversation with our next door camping neighbor, finally pulling out of the campground at 10:30. (Another truth of life when you RV…are you listening Steve and Linda? that if you are truly in a hurry to leave camp do NOT make eye contact with another camper!!)

Our next stop was about of a mile away as we wanted to tour the Sampson Memorial Museum which lies right at the park entrance. It was most interesting just and Tom and Linda said it would be. The original facility was HUGE. It was built in 270 days for a boot camp during WWII. 350,000 navy boot camp personnel were run through here during its service. At a later date (I think in the 50's) it was also boot camp for Air Force personnel. Our docent there was a retired Air Force drill sergeant who served here in the 1950’s…very nice man but we suspect the troops he was there to train would not have thought so at the time!

When we left the museum at 11:20, the temperature was a pleasant 68 degrees. The topography was much flatter as we drove northward today than we had become accustomed to on our drive up here several days ago. Beautiful farmland. Part of our drive today paralleled parts of a canal system that was a contributing branch of the Erie Canal. John has always been fascinated by canals, therefore ANYTIME we have ever been near one a mandatory stop has been made!

Before we could stop at the canal however, we made a pilgrimage to The Women’s Rights National Historical Park. John had found this in some of the literature that he has been studying and felt that we owed it to the women (and men) who fought so long and so hard for women’s suffrage and rights in general. I agreed and thus we arrived at the museum in Seneca Falls, NY at 12:10. It wasn’t a huge museum but was interesting to tour. Looking at a film from the time of Elizabeth Cady Stanton it was shocking to realize how few rights that women were "allowed" by men. Those gals surely fought the good fight and all women today should be eternally grateful for their vision and work. Seneca Falls was the site of the first Women’s Rights Convention. In 1848 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Quaker abolitionists Jane Hunt, Mary Ann M’Clintock, Lucretia Mott and Martha Wright held the first convention that demanded full and equal rights with men. Wyoming was the first state in the union in 1890 to allow women the right to vote. It wasn’t until 1920 that the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was passed…and we STILL have a long way to go in my humble opinion! We need to remain always vigilant.

Whew!! Now I will get off of my soapbox and continue to Locks 2 & 3 of The Caygua-Senaca Canal. The pictures will explain how it appears and how it works, just suffice it to say that John was more than pleased with his stop at the locks! We got there just as a small boat was locking in from downstream so we got to watch the whole process. This lock system ties on to the Erie Canal several miles north of Seneca Falls by the way.

Driving out of town through the old town of Seneca Falls, we were surprised at the number of HUGE older homes here, most of which are still in good repair. There must have been (and likely still is) a large population of moneyed people in this area.

We arrived at The Villages at Standing Stone RV Resort in Verona, NY close to Standing Stone Casino at 4:20. This is rated a 10/10/10 in Trailer Life, but we don’t think it should be that well rated. It appears that most of the sites are not very level at all. It looks like an older park that isn’t in as good a condition as it should be to be rated so highly. The electricity is very good however, and we are settled in for the evening. A shuttle comes through the park as needed, and we will likely catch it after awhile and go to the Casino for our evening meal. Neither of us is very big on the gambling (OR the smoking cigarettes part!) part, but the food is usually good and at a reasonable price in most casino’s we have visited. We shall see if that holds true here.

We have had a good day—drove 99 miles so we have picked up the pace!
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Laura on

continuing to enjoy your blog. We are almost packed and ready to head towards Colorado tomorrow. We will spend the night in Amarillo, then go to Lathrop State Park before heading to South Fork.

Jimbo on

Way back in 1951, I took boot camp at Samson Air Force base. I think you are there now.

Pat Morrell on

Back in the forties, my dad would leave home in Roch., go to Samson for the week, work as a steam fitter and return on Fri. Night.


dwlp.travelkids on

Be safe on your travels little one. A text now and then to let us know you are OK would be nice!! ;-)
Jimbo and Pat M.--what a small world! Jim, know you wouldn't recognize the place. We saw pictures of what Sampson looked like back in the day and it was HUGE. Today there are a few buildings left. The old brig is where the museums are now. The camp office is in one of the old buildings but I don't remember what we were told it was. Tom Kirk was the gentleman we met today that was a drill instructor there. Is his name familiar? Pat M. Who could believe the connection? Wow! Thanks for sharing.

D. Crip on

You are seeing such interesting things. The Stinger also has a thing for canals. I sort of do.....but perhaps not quite as strong as the menfolk, LOL. Glad you are having a great time.

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