Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Last Days in New York

 

July 19 to July 22:

We left Wilkins RV with repairs finished and headed east towards Binghamton, New York. We had made reservations for one night at the Belden Hill Campground in Harpursville NY which is a few miles east of Binghamton. We pulled into the campground and were assigned to Site 7. This site is a pull through site located near the back of the campground. We had a beautiful view out our front windshield of the hills and valleys located south of the campground. There is a golf course located across the street from the campground that looked like it would have been a good place to play.

We got set up for the one night, walked around the park for a while and then called it a night. We try and get as little as possible out when we are only staying one night, but there are certain things we store on the bed and in the shower when we travel that we have to move. This was a very nice park and we would like to have stayed for a little longer in the area.

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The next morning we travelled northeast to Lake George NY. This is a “resort” area that has a lot of activities for families. We are spending two nights in the King Phillips Campground and Resort which is the campground closest to Lake George. It is about 1.5 miles from the lake and there is a hike and bike trail that goes from the campground to the town of Lake George and the lake. We were assigned to Site C-3 and backed into our site with an electrical wire running over our site at a height of just over 13 feet so our rig’s air conditioners barely fit under the wire. We only have 30 amp service at this campground and with the day time temperatures close to 90 degrees we could only run one A/C to cool down the motor home. We did get some shade from the trees and it was not too bad. The sites are very close together and we had only a few feet between our neighbors. The campground was full both night we were there.

After getting set up we visited the local “outlet malls” to see if Connie could find any shoes. We went to several stores but none of them had anything Connie liked in her size. The next morning we rode our bikes into Lake George on the hike/bike path and then rode around town for about 15-20 minutes before returning to the campground. It was downhill from the campground to the lake and so the ride home was 1.5 miles up an incline. We were both able to make it without having to stop and get off our bikes. Lake George is a resort town with a number of restaurant, bars and tourist shops. It is also the home of Fort William Henry which was built in 1755 during the French & Indian Wars. We met a couple originally from Myrtle Beach who have been full timing for a while, Tom and Kim Cooke, and visited with them for a long time on Wednesday night. Tom has travelled all over the place and has taken a number of trips on his motorcycle. They carry the motorcycle on a rack that sits between their motorhome and their tow vehicle.

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On Thursday night we met Fred and Bonnie Lee at the Logjam Restaurant to visit and get caught up from the last time we had seen them in San Antonio TX during January 2016. Bonnie has been taking care of her mother over the last few months so they have been “off the road” here in the Lake George area. We had a good meal (great salad bar) and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. They are hoping to start travelling again this fall.

Friday morning we packed up the Duchess, hooked up the Jeep and headed towards Essex Junction, Vermont for the 56th Ecapees Escapade where we will be for the next week.