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TwoMaineiacs

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Posted: 08/19/10 03:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On August 11th we left Maine to join up with five other couples and their truck campers. The purpose of the trip was to find a campground suitable for the fall 2011 rally - and to meet up and have some social time. Being retired we can add some days to a trip and so set off. Our first overnight was at Thompson Lake State Park in NY. Big, clean park with large sites, a pretty lake and very few people. Nothing beats that first night's sleep back in the TC again.

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Wandered on through NY and into PA and ended up at a Corps of Engineers park near Tioga PA. We seek out COE campsites as they are always clean, beautiful surroundings and very inexpensive when you use the Golden Age national pass. Hard to beat $11 for this site with water and power.

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We met up with Mikeeee/Cathie, Ron/Toni, Chimmy/Cathie, Spot/Kim and the good Michelle and started our tour of campgrounds. We have to find a place that has a dry pavillion, large fire ring, will take 30-40 truck campers. The first was a Yogi Bear park near Milton, PA. We had our usual group breakfast and then started off over hill and dale to a big KOA. We drew a few stares when we caravaned in. We were all asked to show our TC insides and how they worked. They aren't that unusual are they?

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It is really fun to travel in a line of truck campers. We all have CBs so easy to chat as you go.

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The third campground visited was not suitable for our use but we had already committed to staying over. Up go the pop up tents over tables, group supper and a few beverages shared. Joe found a few cut logs on the edge of the woods for our fire and what did Spot have???? Why a chainsaw of course !!! These guys from Michigan come prepared. Mike braced the log for cutting and we all stood by waiting for a huge "oops". Nothing happened, fire was enjoyed, morning breakfast in pouring rain and off we went to the last campground.

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Fourth campgorund is perfect but we might need to talk them into having 40+ rigs show up as they are new to ownership. Campers scattered to the winds - Maine, Michigan, Massachusettes, Pennsylvania - MMM&P! Joe and I continued on to another COE camp for the evening and now are up on Lake Erie. Had no idea the miles of grapevines and wineries along the lake.

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All alone are we. Finally got wi-fi and a chance to catch up. We'll continue to wander around Lake Erie and meet up with friends again in NY late week. We've seen a few other TCs on the road but they are fairly rare compared to those huge 5ths and As. Love the nimbleness of our camper.

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August 16-18 through New York State back roads.

We travelled along Lake Erie to Presque Isle State Park which is HUGE. We walked beaches, drove along the lake, had a picnic out on the sand with a lot of very large seagulls. Grapevines and small wineries are everywhere. This is a park with varied land from deep forests to clean beaches and marshes in between.

Lunch at Presque Isle Beach looking out the TC door

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Always suprising to see seagulls away from the ocean but Lake Erie is really an inland sea.

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Found a commercial campground as we were overdue for laundry, water, dump station and a bit of power. Unfortunately it was next to I-90 and very loud but earplugs work wonders. No matter where, the TC is a great sleeping place.

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Tuesday another leisurely drive through yet more miles of grapes, even more corn and soybeans and dairy cattle. Everyone always thinks of NY as NY City and it is mostly rural in the northern end and just beautiful. We headed to Letchworth State Park which holds NY's Grand Canyon. The whole northeast is so dry there was little water in the bottom of this vast gorge. It is not the Grand Canyon but still pretty impressive especially since it just appears out of flat land. We walked a few trails but did not descend deep down as there is always an up when there is a down and the knees don't always behave. We kept mentioning Farctic Ox and Wazoo and seeing them running down and running back up. The state campground was very good, big sites, clean and quiet. The only noise was an owl.

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Mt.Morris Dam is at the end of this canyon and the first "dry dam" Joe and I had ever seen. Most of the time the 760 foot tall dam is holding no water back. However when a monsoon type rain occurs, the canyon fills like the slot canyons out west and a wall of water and debris hit the dam. The dam can gradually let this water out and then once the level is back to stream size, they go in and clean up the debris carried down by the flood. Neat! The photo shows both sides of the dam with work crews on the upriver side cleaning up.

Mt Morris dam on the upriver dry side
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Mt Morris dam top view
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Joe in chair at dam
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Next day off to Taughannock Falls State park to see the falls and possibly camp again. The falls were a great disappointment as there was only a trickle of water over it - very very dry season. For all you race car fans, we passed through Watkins Glen which has No RV Parking signs all over. Travelled between two of the Finger Lakes along the Winery Trail. Good thing I don't drink wine or the camper would be full with all the small wineries everywhere.

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Rather than camp there we continued on to Lakeside State Park on the shore of Lake Ontario. That is an impressive body of water, today very flat and calm. I can imagine what it would be like in a storm or in winter with a gale blowing. Walked the beaches and a lot of the bluff area where we are camped. We are quite impressed with the NY State park system and the great condition of the roads through back country. Wish our back roads were as good in Maine. We are awaiting sunset over Lake Ontario and then tomorrow a stay at a Seneca Indian Casino campground in Verona, NY. Yes it will be pricey but we plan on catching the shuttle over to the casino and watching folks throw money away plus maybe enjoying a buffet.

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Posted: 08/19/10 04:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for posting the great photos. Sounds like you had a great time. I need to get some other Truck camper owners here in the Bay Area to caravan together. I think it would be a lot of fun. Happy trails.

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Posted: 08/19/10 04:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice trip! It must be nice to just go where the winds blow you.
It was good seeing you again and I found out we have a few other things in common beside TC-ing.

Great photos, thanks for sharing.


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Posted: 08/19/10 04:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice ! The last pic looks like a postcard.


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Posted: 08/20/10 03:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the beautiful pictures and ideas of places to go. I looked up Lakeside Beach, and it's close to Niagara Falls. The wheels are spinning in my head!

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Posted: 08/20/10 04:44am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the great photos and narratives. I'm one of those that thinks the north is nothing but people though I know better. I now have a few places I want to see, so maybe I'll make it up there next year.


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That's a damn big chair Joe! Great post as usual Anne and don't you just love those little mini trips. We have relatives near Ithaca and have seen some of the sights, but you did us proud. We're going to have to do more exploring around there.


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Posted: 08/20/10 03:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hold on a minute; didn't I see a post similar to this one "looking for campground for Sept Rally" ?

I didn't realize this one was running parallel, however with a spectacular Trip Report attached !

I'll get it into TR this weekend...off to a neighbor's for supper in a few minutes...

*beautiful well made/chosen photos!

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Posted: 08/20/10 03:59pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Now I have it! Rather than drive to all these spots, I will just read them sitting in the new TC and pretend I have been there. Great pics.
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The furthest north I've been is NJ & PA to visit relatives years ago. Looks like I need to just keep driving north next time [emoticon] Thanks for the tour.


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