A long, but fruitful day...

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Alps Family Campground

Flag of United States  , New York
Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Billy stopped by at the campground with gifts.  He had made Lynnie a shallow basket, about ten inches in diameter.  It's the first one that he has made in years.  It's beautiful and will be treasured by us both.  For me, he had a large framed photo of a sunset taken from Mason's Island where he lived.  It's from the seventies.  He's an amazingly talented photographer, so the photo itself is amazing.  

We left shortly before ten o'clock and headed north, intending to eventually visit the Adirondack State Park in upstate New York.  The weather turned nasty shortly after our departure.  Rain, light, rain, heavy... you name it.  We eventually found our way to Coxsackie, NY, where the Boat N RV dealership is located.  They do repairs on Onan generators like the one on Shorty.  We got a relatively speedy diagnosis of the problem. a leaking fuel line.  It seems that with the use of Gasohol, that the earlier rubber products deteriorate at a quicker rate than with pure gasoline.  The replacement of the hose took three hours at a hefty rate per hour.  Not a good thing, but it is now fixed and ready to go to work in the heat when we stop for lunch or in the cold when we are boondocking later on.

Very few of the private campgrounds are open this far north, but we did find this one.  The Hussey must be a bit peeved at us, since she sent us on an unbelievable wind goose chase.  I was at my wits end, what with Lynnie talking to the owner to get directions, the Hussey raving on with incorrect directions, four cars behind us and the extremely narrow back roads...  As you can tell, we did find the place and it's fine.  I decided that after that experience, I'd like a day off from driving or  touring.  We'll spend two nights here and I'll get a chance to recuperate... If Lynnie will let me.  Today is our forty-third wedding anniversary and I had hoped that we could go out to dinner, but we got here so late, we had leftovers.  Good ones too, at that.  Split pea with ham soup really hits the spot in the rainy, forty degree weather.

We've decided to give up on going to the Adirondack mountains and turn west to visit Niagara Falls.  That should be a treat and give us a chance to celebrate these many years together.  So here we sit, in the rain, in the cold, but... the two space heaters are humming along making us cozy and the wifi signal is great.  What more could a man ask?

Oh yes, I forgot to mention that while we were waiting in the parking lot to get the generator looked at, we were near a pond.  In the pond Lynnie noticed a beaver building a dam of sorts and then a heron-like bird landed on the shore.  I had only my phone, so the bird is a bit difficult to see.  It's in the center of the picture, just beyond the reeds.  It's mixed in color, tan and black.  If you can pick it out, I'll give you a nickel...
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