New York to Vermont

Here in VT we are going through some really old towns – Randolph 1781, Northfield 1781. We drove through Montpelier (capital of VT) and Barre, on our way to our next campground, which is a Passport America entry. It is called Onion River Campground, and very unusual. Out in the middle of a grass field, but it did have hookups. The owner is also a chocolatier at her own store called Nutty Stephs. She brought us one of her bars and it was wonderful. So on our way to our next stop, we went into her store and I bought some of the bars (you see a picture) and her famous granola.

Continuing through Vermont, which is a beautiful state, we headed to our next stop – Elmore State Park. On our way we drove through Stowe, VT, and what a neat place.. Elmore State Park has a huge lake and nice size spots with good spacing.

We reserved 2 nights (and when we called for a reservation, they said they were sold out but while we were on the phone they had a cancellation). One thing we have found in NY and VT, it is almost impossible to find a place to stay on the weekend.

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New York, New York

When we were staying at Golden Hill State Park, there was a really cool lighthouse. I paid the $1 fee for the tour and got to go all the way to the top.

We left the campground via Roosevelt Highway towards Rochester. Along the way we stopped at an Amish Fruit Stand and bought strawberries, tomatoes, cherries and yellow squash. Can hardly wait to try them!!!!

It’s very hard to find camping at New York cgs on weekends. So we opted to go to Rochester, NY and stay at the Elks. There were hookups and the price was right – $10 donation. It was very quiet and only one other rig came in – a fellow Jojobian on their way to the Escapade.

Heading out we inadvertently got on the toll road I90E. We were going to try and find a campground in Rome NY, but none were to be had. We stayed at the WalMart, which was very quiet, surprisingly.

Our next stop was a Limekiln State Campground, in Inlet, NY, as we started around the Adirondack Mountains. The price was right – $7.75 with Pass. It had rained the day before and this campground was very dark and dreary.

Continuing on the road through the Adirondack Mountains, we came to Lake Placid, the home of the 1932 and 1980 Olympic Games. We saw the speed skating oval, the ski jumping area, and one of the bobsled. The town was very touristy, but we did stop for a Starbucks!!!!!

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That night we stayed at Medcalf Acres Riverfront Campground, which was a Passport America place. Very interesting place. It looked completely full, but none of the rigs were occupied. The owners let them leave them there during the season and then the owners come out on the weekends. It was a very quiet place, because there were only 4 campers there that night.

We continued on to Ticonderoga, NY to do our laundry. Very neat little town, with a nice laundromat. Plus next to the laundromat there was a great restaurant called Libby’s. Everything was homemade; made doing laundry a real pleasure!!! As I was sitting in Ticonderoga I recognized the name and went to the motorhome to look at a pencil and bingo, it was from here.

That day we wanted to get out of the heat and humidity so went into VT. What a beautiful state. And, their State Parks are great. We tried the first one tonight – Gifford Woods State Park in Killington, VT. Great entrance, nice and big campsites (no hookups) and it is on the Appalachian Trail. The cost wasn’t bad either – $20. We liked it so much, decided to stay another night.

Into Canada we go. And then back into the good, old USA!!

We entered Canada through Minnesota and had the quickest border crossing we have ever had. We spent the night at the Thunder Bay, Ontario, WalMart. We got there early, thank goodness, because lots more rigs came in after us. We were able to use the Staples and WalMart Guest wifi, but neither were very good.

We got back on the 11/17 heading East. It was a very scenic drive and nice roads. We stopped for the night in White River, Ontario, at a City Park.  Next to the Tourist Information Booth and behind an Esso Gas Station and it was very quiet, we thought. Since it was Canada Day, the locals began shooting off bottle rockets and continued until very late. But it was free, so what can you do..

Continuing on the 17 to Sault Ste. Marie , where we came back into the US, and we spent the night at Kewadin Casino in Saint Ignace. It was very quiet, and we enjoyed a dessert, soup and salad buffet at the casino.

The next day we crossed the Mackinac Island Bridge, which is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower peninsula of Michigan.   It is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and totals a length of 26, 372’ and was amazing. There was a really cool building after we crossed the bridge.

We traveled along the coast of Lake Huron. Plans were to stay at Alpena Boat Harbor, from Days End, but didn’t feel comfortable there. So we drove on to another DE campground called Ossineke State Forrest. It was only $13 a night, with no hookups and lots of trees. It was a horrible place on the 4th of July weekend because people in the park started setting off bottle rockets on the 3rd.. and continued until after midnight. Even though the campground was way outside of town, cars drove back and forth by our campsite all night. Next year I’m staying home over the 4th!!!!!

Our friends, John and Zoe Caires, are going to the same Escapade we are and they were getting close so we decided to meet up at the Bay City State Recreation area. It was a really nice campground, that did not allow fireworks. It cost $23 for full hookups but you had to pay a $9 recreation fee. We did laundry in Bay City, shopped at WalMart and went to Starbucks. Now we were ready to hit the road.

The next day we headed along the Saginaw Bay, towards Port Huron. We had to enter Ontario again and after we passed through Customs we went to the OLG Casino in Point Edwards to spend the night. We found it on Days End, and it was a really nice casino. Lots of parking room and very quiet.  They offered a $5 voucher for the casino, when signing up for a players card.

We got up early the next morning and headed towards Niagara Falls since we were told to enter from the Canadian side because it was much prettier. I have to say the people that told us that were right. It was so crowded with tourists, we couldn’t stop but I did get great pictures.

Thank goodness we are back in the USA. Today we were driving along the coast of Lake Ontario in Upper State New York. We found a really nice campground called Golden Hills State Park, and decided to spend the night. Right on the coast of Lake Ontario. You can even see John and Sadie checking out the lake.