Leroy - Fayetteville - Austerlitz, New York
When we started planning and prepping for our new life on the road I discovered the wonderful world of blogs. Some bloggers were already on the road, others like ourselves were still planning and dreaming. Getting to know Sue and Dave, and their darling pups Lewis and Sasha, on Beluga's Excellent Adventure meant also getting to know their beautiful farm and lakeside property. Once the farm was sold and the lake cottage was built they hit the road as fulltimers. We've had a great time meeting up with them in different states over the last few years.
Two years ago we were in the Finger Lakes area, but they were on the west coast. Somehow when planning this year's quick route across the top of New York I spaced on their being at the lake cottage during the same time. Nooo! We have to stop and see them, so I make a couple of reservation changes and confirm they're going to be home.
Monday we drive small country roads for 60 miles to Leroy, New York. There's not much in Leroy, but there is the Timberline Lake Campground which is perfect for a one night stop. With 90% seasonal residents, it's a small park with a few over-night sites on the upper tier along I-90. FHUs and 50 amp, but we just plug in and head out again.
Forty minutes later we're pulling into a driveway along the water. And there's our friends :-)))
It's perfect in every way. We enjoy happy hour on the boat at the little dock then a delicious summer BBQ on the patio. Dave hands Bill a fishing pole and I'm not sure we'll see any more of him, but after catching a couple little ones, he joins us back at the house.
As good times always do, the visit is over too soon, and we need to get back home. We're so grateful for these good friends.
|Sue and Dave|
|Tessa isn't real sure about the dock, taking her time back to shore. Isn't that the most perfect cottage?|
|Happy fisherman. We learn that the overcast skies are the smoke from the west coast fires. Wow!|
|This patio has seen a lot of visitors this summer. We're so glad we had the chance to be here as well!|
Tuesday we're back on the expressway. We learned the hard way that they only take cash at the tollbooths and we're prepared this time. 115 miles and $28 later we arrive at Green Lake State Park.
With level asphalt pads, large green sites, 50 amp FHUs, and surrounded by trees, this is one of the prettiest state parks we've stayed in. Although we have open skies above us, our satellite doesn't connect over the trees behind us.
|Our large site in the full hook ups loop.|
|All clean and fluffed.|
|We don't usually do the bows - but these little bees are so cute, they stay in for a week.|
|The state park is well maintained with two small lakes - Green Lake and Round Lake. There are a few trails to the water, and a pretty drive through the forest.|
Throughout our stay we experience a first for us. Campground announcements from loud speakers throughout the park! We are told when it's dark and that no bike or golf cart riding is allowed now. We are reminded of upcoming events. It's definitely different, and makes us laugh every time. With all the kids playing and riding and fishing it feels like summer camp - all three of us are entertained.
|It gets busy around the water on the weekend, but overall it's a beautiful and peaceful site.|
|Lots of historic memorials and 200 year old churches.|
|Not usually something I look for in a financial institution.|
|How cute is this B&B?|
|Next door is this red shingled beauty.|
|Love the chimney.|
|The Farmington River runs through the little hamlet of New Boston.|
|We want this view from our front porch when we eventually land - perfect!|
|Crossing the Farmington River, this vintage covered bridge is a private driveway.|
|Lots of birdsong along the marshes, but we don't see them.|
|I have to pick up another one now!|
|A very impressive capitol - it fills a whole city block.|
|The Education Department is nearly as large - this is half the front.|
|A modern, marble museum and theater structure.|
|Then there's the "Egg" which is more boat or space ship to us. It houses two large theaters.|
|Delicate arches of an old church.|
|A few of the older buildings have a definite "fort feel" to them.|
|Another view of the capitol from the back. Beautiful!|
|Although the old row houses have seen better days, they maintain a feel of historic pride.|
There's a pig roast at the park but we rarely participate in these events. Instead, we enjoy dinner at home then walk the 5 yards to see the neighbors.
Kyle and Laurie have lived in the area most of their lives, with kids and grand kids that keep them here. We have a good time getting to know them, sitting around the fire, and watching a few kids fish the pond. As we're saying our good-nights, a young boy pulls a large bass. Lots of excitement, simple pleasures.
August 20 our darling Maximus turned 2!! These little guys are growing up too fast.
Sunday we'll leave New York for Salem, Massachusetts. A big bucket list place for me - can't wait!