Boothbay Harbor, ME

July 31 – August 7, 2016

We made it to Maine and oh what a beautiful place. Our first place to stay in Maine is Boothbay Harbor.  It is about mid-way between southern Maine and Bar Harbor.  We stayed at Shore Hills RV Park.  Wonderful place.20160802_08302520160802_082945The office.20160802_082957The shuttle bus they offer to Boothbay Harbor.20160802_081631Site #124.  Kind of close to the neighbor, but we really liked them.20160802_081658The back side.20160802_081640Looking down the street.  A lot of LARGE motor coaches come into this park.20160802_081803They have daily trash pick up.  We liked this. The sites are very long. The truck is parked in front of the 5th wheel and we still have room in the back.20160802_081901They have a pretty pond.20160802_081939with ducks.20160731_141701This is the first place we went in Boothbay Harbor.  We are not recommending this place.20160731_14183020160731_141833The view was nice.20160731_142904This was the lobster roll.  It was good, but was $19.95 each.  Cliff tried the clam chowder, but there was nothing in it, it was just liquid, and had no flavor.  You go to a window, order your food, find a place to sit and wait for them to call your name.  The girl that took our order talked so fast, we could not understand what she was saying.  She just looked at us like we were crazy.  We finally figured out that she was saying, it comes with chips, plain or barbecue?

Monday August 1, 201620160801_113510Just down the street from the campground is the Boothbay Railway Village.20160801_113517This is an old train depot, now used as the ticket office.20160801_1135451925 Railbus.  This rides you around the property.20160801_115758Inside the Railbus.20160801_113606Railway crossing.20160801_11364630 acres and 24 buildings.20160801_114425This railcar was given to the United States by the French after World War I.20160801_12082920160801_1212591931 Ford Model A Victoria.  Museum Founder, George McEvoy has a beautiful collection of Antique cars.  Some in the museum are on loan from other people, but most are owned by Mr. McEvoy.  He stills comes by and drives different ones.20160801_1216181911 Ford Model T Cab delivery truck20160801_1221171930 Ford Model A Deluxe Roadster20160801_1223081914 Ford Model T Roadster Pickup.  1914 was the first year of the now standard left-hand driver position.  According to Ford, the Model T had a fuel economy of 13 to 21 miles per gallon.

Leaving nothing to waste, Henry Ford had the scraps of wood left over from the production of the Model T collected and turned into charcoal.  With the help of E.G. Kingsford, a charcoal manufacturing plant was built and the newly formed Ford Charcoal would eventually be renamed to Kingsford Charcoal.20160801_1224011928 Maxim Fire Truck20160801_1226481935 Swallow SS-1 – British sports car produced from 1932 – 1936.  It is 15 feet, 6 inches long.  Only 78 of these cars were built and only 7 are known to still exist.  In 1936, the model received a new name – JAGUAR.20160801_1231161929 Packard 640 Limousine.  The division glass behind the driver’s seat indicates this car was intended to be driven by a chauffeur.  They sold for $3,850.00.  In comparison, a 1929 Ford was $625.00, a Chevrolet was $675.00 and a Plymouth cost $695.00.20160801_1231271935 Packard20160801_1232151938 Packard Club Sedan – the brand continued on the market until 1958.  Original purchase price was $2,990.00.  The white wall tires were extra – $23.50 for all 6.20160801_1232281959 Jaguar Mark IX.  20160801_1232491962 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II.  This is one of George McEvoy’s cars.20160801_12560320160801_125528Spruce Point Chapel built in 1923.  Relocated and Restored in 1995.20160801_125127They have goats at the Village.20160801_125830And pretty fountains.

20160801_134131Walk down into Boothbay Harbor.20160801_135221The Harbor20160801_135240The sites of Maine.20160801_13580120160801_145510_001We walked across the Footbridge to the other side of the Harbor.20160801_145127Late lunch at the Lobster Dock.20160801_145101The sign: “Unruly Kids Sold as Bait”.  Other sign: “Order at Window & Food is Delivered”.  Nice touch.20160801_145107Really cute place.20160801_14504420160801_143738We ordered the lobster roll without the mayo.  The lobster roll was better than yesterday, $15.95.  The Clam Chowder was not very good.  No flavor.  Still in pursuit of a good clam chowder.20160801_145711This seagull flew over this large rock and dropped a clam on the rock and it broke apart.  Then he cleaned it completely out.  Amazed at our ingenuous these birds are.

Tuesday Aug.2, 201620160802_102510Woke up to 63 degrees this morning.  We decided to take a drive.  We drove to West Boothbay and Wiscasset and back to Boothbay Harbor.  20160802_10390020160802_10382720160802_10402920160802_11002420160802_110702Drove through East Boothbay and down to Ocean Point.20160802_111125Beautiful Maine homes.20160802_111155Beautiful Churches.20160802_111341Sorry, this photo was taken from inside the truck.20160802_123316So we decided to try Lobsterman’s Wharf in Ocean Point.20160802_12324620160802_12323020160802_113343Love the decor.20160802_11334720160802_114130Waterfront dining.20160802_122524Notice, this is the wine menu! Cliff had a haddock sandwich and I have stuffed shrimp.  It was okay and the clam chowder was better than the other two.  But still, I am not recommending this one either.  We really are not this picky, but something is just not right.20160802_114110Very nice new sailboat.  The scenery is beautiful.

Wednesday Aug. 3, 2016  – Happy Birthday to my brother Ben.  I wish for you a wonderful new year.DSCF1668Brother Bill is on the left and Ben is on the right.

20160803_134508Pemaquid Point, Maine – We took a drive out to Pemaquid Point.20160803_13251020160803_132524Check out the birds on the roof.20160803_134459A cute restaurant and shop.  Very cute nautical stuff here.20160803_13452320160803_132959Nice lighthouse.20160803_134658Cliff found his road.20160803_13280120160803_132739Maine coastline.20160803_13480820160803_135022Old lobster trap.  They don’t use the wooden ones anymore, they have gone to rectangular metal ones.20160803_13551620160803_135604It was so peaceful here.  I could sit there for hours just listening to the ocean waves.  You can hardly see him, but there is a painter down on the rocks on the left side of the photo.20160803_13561420160803_13562420160803_135746The lighthouse from the back.20160803_140706Cute house with sailboats on the shutters.20160803_140921House with a rock foundation.20160803_14093520160803_140957Large log home along the drive.20160803_141308This house has a rock foundation and a lighthouse.20160803_141159The water is so clear and beautiful.20160803_141409Hotel Pemaquid.  Looks just like what I thought Maine would look like.20160803_141420This is also part of Hotel Pemaquid.20160803_152055Back in Boothbay Harbor, we stopped in Pinkham’s to get some fresh fish to grill.  We got two haddock filets.  They were wonderful.20160803_152058

Thursday August 4, 201620160804_061828Back to Boothbay Harbor.  They have a lovely Library in the middle of town.20160804_061832And then off to our First Treat of the Day.20160804_071647Lobstering with Captain Clive20160804_07580620160804_071655We left at 8:30 AM to get a lesson in the lobster business.20160804_071701Every lobster has to be measured with a special tool.  It can’t be too big or too small.20160804_072133They pull the lobster traps in one at a time.20160804_072154Sometimes there is nothing in them.20160804_072158They put them in individual metal bins so that they won’t attack each other.  They stay in these bins until Capt.Clive can inspect each one.20160804_072449He is trying to show us the difference between a male and female lobster.  You have to look very closely.  Capt. Clive can tell by looking at their backside, but that is experience.20160804_072451The female lobsters are very protected.  If eggs are on the outside or if her tail is clipped, they have to throw them back or get fined $2,500.0020160804_073420There were 2 other guests on the boat with their daughter. Once the lobsters are inspected, they put a rubber band around each claw and they are placed in a large bin of water.  Bottom left in the photo.20160804_073618They put new bait in the traps and off they go.20160804_07480120160804_074804(0)20160804_07480520160804_07481220160804_074813Each Lobsterman has his own colors which are the colors of his buoys.  He has to register his colors and traps with the state each year and renew his license and get new tags.  Each lobster trap has his tag.  Capt Clive has about 500 traps out this year.  There are 5 traps per buoy with about 66 feet of line between each trap.20160804_075741Back in the “Hahbah”20160804_075748Thanks Captain for a great lesson in lobstering.

20160804_171018Boy is this our lucky day.  First we got to go catch some lobsters and now we get to eat some.20160804_172308Our next door neighbors and new friends, Bryan and Helen Salgado, from Massachusetts have offered to teach us how to eat a whole lobster.  This is their Tiffin Phaeton in the background.20160804_172039Helen does not like lobster, so she got some clams.  Cliff and Bryan went to Pinkham’s and picked up the lobsters and clams.  Bryan had to wash these and then steam them.  Pinkham’s steamed our lobsters for us, since it is very difficult in an RV to get a large enough pot and enough heat to boil the water.20160804_172300We set the table and brought out the wine.20160804_172845Looking Good.20160804_172856The guys are looking good too.  Check out the Blue Bird Motorcoach behind Cliff. That is Bob’s.  High dollar.20160804_173132Nice!!20160804_173136We did it.  We ate the whole thing.  Well, there is this green stuff on the inside that I tried, but did not eat.20160804_173030Thank you Helen and Bryan.  We can’t wait to see you in Florida.

Tomorrow is a tour of Monhegan Island with Bryan and Helen. Next blog.



56th Annual Escapade

July 24 – 29, 2016

Essex Junction, Vermont20160722_094508The country side of Vermont.  We rode on the red road heading north in Vermont.20160722_09451420160722_095943View of the Adirondack Mountains in the distance.20160722_100043Lots of solar panels on the farm.20160722_122228This big guy pulled in and parked 3 spots down from us.20160722_122231They had a lot of people helping everyone park.  It was very well organized and everyone was so friendly and excited about the rally.20160723_075918By Friday afternoon, there were a lot of people here.  More coming in on Saturday and Sunday. This is the area with hook ups.  The boondockers had their own section and so did the Escapers.  Our next door neighbors (Regis and Cindy) are from Floral City, FL, right down the road from Bushnell, FL.  They just sold their bicycle shop in Floral City.20160723_080215We also met Phil and Judy from Arizona.  They are full timers and have a dog statue on a lease.  We love this idea.  The dog even has a water bowl.20160723_080537They also have a small mailbox, so if they are not home, you can leave them a note.

Saturday July 23, 201620160723_085552Registration begins. We got a bag of goodies and the program for the week.  They also gave us a pocket guide with all the events and classes.  This was very handy.20160723_093436Look at the cute table decorations. That is Regis and Cindy on the other side of the table.20160723_143408Then a big rain storm came through, so we stayed in the main hall.20160723_143511It lasted about an hour.20160723_191645Then we got this.20160723_19173020160723_192442It was a beautiful way to end the day.

Sunday July 24, 201620160724_140413Opening ceremony.  There are about 700 rigs and over 1,400 people here.20160724_140433The woman to the right of the podium is Kay Peterson. She and her husband, Joe, started the Escapees RV Club.  To the right of her is Bob and Molly, the Escapade Directors for the last 5 years.20160724_143543This is Travis Carr, the new President of Escapees.  His mother Cathie Carr (behind the podium) turned over the gavel to Travis at this ceremony.  On the far left is Melanie, Travis’ wife and now Vice-President.20160724_150046Kay told some really good stories about her travels with Joe.  She was hilarious.20160724_183332Big crowd.20160724_183745They had some good entertainment. This was Jimmy Travis, singer and comedian.  He was very funny.

Monday, July 25, 2016

They had 3 sessions in the mornings, starting at 8:30 and 2 sessions in the afternoon.  Each session had 4-5 classes to pick from.  They had classes like, Investing Strategies for RVers, RV to Alaska, Maximizing Mobile Connectivity, Estate Planning, Tire Safety, Fire & Life Safety, Driving Your RV Safely, Disc Brake Conversions, Understanding RV Electrical System and much more.20160728_073845Geeks on Tour” did 6 different classes.  I went to 4 of them.  They were awesome.  I learned so much from them about wifi and mobile connectivity and Google Photos.  They were great.  “Technomadia” was here too, but they were here as Attendees, not presenters.

20160726_180934Then at 4:00 everyday, Paul Evert’s RV Country, threw a free happy hour with snacks.  It was a different theme everyday. Margarita Mondays was a hit.  Paul Evert’s RV Country is from California.  They brought at least 20 motorhomes to this Escapade, and we heard they sold 10. From left to right, Colleen (Frank is still working at the RV), Carl and Cheryl, Bunny (don’t know where Eric is), me and Cliff.20160726_102353They had a lot of vendors and they were there all day for 5 days.  We bought too much.

Thursday, July 28, 201620160728_103002On Thursday they had a dog parade and Closing ceremony.20160728_180617And a farewell party.  This is Phil and Judy, the couple we met on the first day we were here.  They are full timers from Arizona. They almost have us convinced to try boondocking.20160728_180629Colleen and Frank, Escapers, Frank still has a full time job, but works from the RV.20160728_180654Carl and Cheryl from Connecticut.20160728_183139Byron and Nancy. He sang “Laura” to me.20160728_192012from left: Judy, Phil, Cindy, Regis, Carl, Frank, Cheryl, Colleen, Cliff, me and some woman that wanted to photo bomb our picture. We don’t know her.20160728_192929on the far right is Bunny and Eric. They are also Escapers.20160728_194317Bunny, Colleen, me, Cheryl and Judy.20160728_194634Another beautiful sunset on the last night.20160728_200203Byron wanted to teach us how to make the perfect martini.  He and Nancy invited us to their motorhome for a demo.20160728_200247Their cat came out to see what all the ruckus was about.20160728_200337He is a Perfecto with the martinis.20160728_201508(0)Carl and Frank.  It was Carl that got us this invitation to learn how to make martinis. Thanks Carl and Byron.20160728_201511Frank and Judy.20160728_201707Cheryl, Bunny and Colleen.

It was a great week.  Table 7, you should have been here.  You would have loved it.  Maybe another year.

We learned a lot, met some great people and are ready for a rest.  Off to Maine.


Adirondack Museum

July 2016

20160720_090218We are back on NY-28 heading north west.20160720_091219The Hudson River between North Creek and North River.20160720_091417They have several pull offs where you can read some history and just watch the water.20160720_094754Adirondack Museum.  This place ROCKS!!  If you have never been, you need to go.20160720_09474524 buildings, 121 acres and 40,000 sq.ft of exhibitions.  They have an app that you download on your phone and where ever you see a number, you just click on the app and the location is narrated.  Very cool!20160720_094832You start off at the Visitor Center where there is a very impressive sloop.20160720_094847A beautiful wooden sailboat.20160720_09493120160720_094859Water Witch, built in 1900.20160720_094904She is an Idem Class racing sloop.  She was built for racing in the Adirondacks.20160720_095943This cool boat was outside.  It is 14′ long.20160720_095951Look at that cute steering wheel. Inboard, 2-cylinder gas launch.20160720_095956Purchased in 1918 and named “Vic” for his wife Victoria.20160720_100009the propeller20160720_100034It is hard to believe that this beauty was built in 1918.20160720_100457The Museum starts with the “Boats & Boating” building. These pictures are not going to do these boats justice.  They are absolutely Beautiful.20160720_10051420160720_100649Carved out of a tree.20160720_100939The one of the left is an Open sailing canoe. 16′ long.20160720_10102720160720_101258There canoes are so beautiful on the inside and the cane seats are amazing.20160720_101403The Poor Man’s Yacht.  A canoe with a canopy so they have privacy when needed.20160720_101352Called Canoe Cruising in the 1870s and 1880s.20160720_101558Rushton made a lot of canoes back then.20160720_101609You could put a sail on the front.20160720_101412Not everyone thought this was a good idea.20160720_101658There were games where you tried to knock each other out of the canoe.20160720_101712Beautiful collection of wooden canoes.20160720_101742Now on to the introduction of power.20160720_101950By the 1880s, engineers were looking for a replacement for steam as power for boats.  The Naphtha engine was introduced to the world.20160720_102030The hull of this boat is that of a naphtha launch used by the A.G. Vanderbilt family in the Adirondacks.20160720_102015She was converted to gasoline power in the early twentieth century.20160720_10204620160720_102036Skeeter was built for racing, but she only raced 3 times.  This boat is 45′ long.  The rules handicapped boats like this in the early 1900’s.20160720_10212220160720_102330The mail boat only came to a full stop for large packages.  Generally, the clerk delivered incoming mail with his right hand and took outgoing mail with his left.  A chain across the opening kept the mailman from falling out.20160720_102404Eagle Nest built in 1905.20160720_10241820160720_102447All wooden racing boat.20160720_102810Adirondack Guideboat. One of the most famous in this area and definitely some of the most beautiful craftsmanship you will see.20160720_10272820160720_102601The back rest was also used for shoulder supports to help you carry the boat.20160720_102654Sagamore Hotel dock in Long Lake.20160720_102836Allison Warner is currently the boat-builder in-residence at the museum.  She has built 14 guideboats so far.  When they are complete, they are auctioned at the Museum’s annual Gala.  I did not find out the going price though.20160720_102846The ribs are made of spruce.20160720_103014It takes her approximately 500 hours to complete one boat.20160720_102904Rushton is a famous style of guideboats.20160720_103413Boat builders shop in the early 1900’s.20160720_103451A typical guideboat is 15 – 17′ long.20160720_103547Different types of oars.20160720_10385620160720_10390220160720_103934The River Drive boat was used in logging.  The square stern was used for stability.20160720_103940Finch, Pruyn and Company used boats in the early days. Once they moved to road transportation, they kept the same powder blue color on their trucks as they used on their boats.20160720_10513220160720_105926Mohawk famous basket-weavers are known as some of the most creative weavers in the world.  The Mohawk community in Akwesasne, NY are still teaching this beautiful tradition.20160720_110442Made from Black Ash and Sweet Grass.20160720_10593520160720_110539Stunning masterpieces.20160720_11084420160720_111327The Blue Mountain House opened in 1876 as a hotel for vacationers.20160720_111442The Minne-ha-ha was used to transport visitors while they are in the Adirondacks.20160720_111513They played badminton and bowling.20160720_11154820160720_111757Large hotels were built all over the Adirondacks.20160720_11222520160720_112236Beautiful flowers everywhere.20160720_112256Blue Mountain Lake. 20160720_112700Sunset Cottage was built as a sleeping quarters.  Named after the radiating pattern on its gables from split spruce limbs.20160720_111353It was built as part of Camp Cedars by the Durant family.20160720_112702In 1936, Mrs. Durant sold Camp Cedars to Mrs. Harry Payne Whitney.  A hurricane severely damaged much of the camp in 1950.  Fortunately, Sunset Cottage was not destroyed.  That winter Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney (Mrs.Whitney’s son) skidded the cottage across the ice to his Camp Deerlands on Little Forked Lake.  Sunset Cottage was donated to the Adirondack Museum in 1995.20160720_11270820160720_112737This was the dining porch.20160720_121138The Adirondack Park has 8 million visitors a year.  Wow!20160720_121230Anne LaBastille wrote the Woodswoman series.  She designed and help build her own cabin.20160720_121132She spent part of each year there writing until she died in 2011.20160720_12121920160720_121223This was her canoe.

20160720_121659There is a whole section on the 1932 and 1980 Olympics that were held at Lake Placid.20160720_121702The Winter Olympics in 1932, was the first Winter Olympics held in North America.20160720_121709The bobsled used by the Stevens brothers.20160720_12171920160720_12171520160720_12185020160720_12194020160720_12194620160720_12202220160720_12203220160720_122050Early ice skates.20160720_122929A whole building on fishing and camping.20160720_12295620160720_123008primitive camping20160720_124004Glamping – traditional Adirondack lean-to20160720_124103Tent camping Adirondack style.20160720_12402920160720_12403320160720_124046

At this point, my camera battery died.  There is a whole building on the logging industry in the Adirondack Mountain.  It gives the whole history and the difficulties of the lumberjacks.  It was very good.

So, if you are ever in the Adirondack Mountains, this museum is a must see.  Thanks for going along with us.  Sorry I could show any photos of the rest of the place.

It is on to Essex Junction, VT and the 56th Annual Escapade.

Adirondack Mountains

July 2016

We follow a blog titled “Snowbird RV Trails”, click here to see their travel blog. They posted a blog on July 10, 2016 about the “Loop” through the Adirondack High Peaks. It looked very interesting, so we decided to give it a go.20160721_113800(0)This is very close to our campground.20160712_101935The Adirondack Park is 6-million acres, that is larger than the state of Massachusetts.  It is not a federal park, but almost half is owned by the State of New York and the other half is private land including farms, timberland’s, businesses, homes, camps and settlements.  It is protected by the state constitution as a “forever wild” forest preserve. The Adirondack Forest Preserve is probably the most protected wilderness region in the nation.20160712_102906High Peaks North Welcome center. The Adirondack Park consist of 3,000 lakes & ponds, more than 30,000 miles of rivers & streams; over 2,000 miles of well-maintained and relatively easy-to-walk trails and there are 44 mountains that are over 4000′ in elevation.20160712_103024 - CopySo I hope you can see this and follow along.  We left the welcome center (noted on the map) heading north on I 87. We took the #30 exit on NY-73 and headed to Lake Placid, then NY-86 to Saranac Lake, then south on NY-3 to Tupper Lake, followed NY-30 south to Long Lake, then south again to Blue Mountain Lake, heading east on 30-28 to Indian Lake, to North River, through North Creek, continuing on NY-28 to Warrensburg and on to Lake George.  Total trip was around 7 hours.20160712_103024There is so much to see here.  We did not get to everything, but saw a few of the highlights.20160712_104612The scenery is beautiful.20160712_104656Look, Elizabethtown…but we headed to Lake Placid.20160712_10503020160712_105131The highest point in New York and the Adirondacks is Mt.Marcy at 5344′.  That is not even as high as Mt.LeConte in the Smoky Mountains at 6593′.  But it is so beautiful here.20160712_10525720160712_110005The first town is Keene Valley.  The brown and yellow sign you see on the left points to a trailhead.  There are thousands of these signs on the roads in the Adirondacks.  This one is pointing to Garden Trailhead.20160712_110029There are nice houses everywhere up here.20160712_110828Then into Keene.20160712_110915You might notice that I sometimes include photos of fire stations and libraries, because I was a Construction Project Manager for building fire stations and libraries and I like to see what other towns are doing.20160712_110956This place looked cool “Brew Castle”.  The sign above the ice cooler is “Craft Beer, Ice, local food, trail snacks, groceries, Firewood”. What more could you want?20160712_111017There are streams like this everywhere.20160712_111758We are climbing.20160712_111933With a river along the side of the road. (Sorry about the photo, too much reflection)20160712_112726This is the only shot we got of the ski jumps at Lake Placid.  Go to Snowbird RV Trails to see better photos.  They wanted $7.00 a piece to get closer.  We did not want to ride the ski lift up to the top, so this is all we got.  Very impressive though, even from this far away.  That is CRAZY high.20160712_113250Lake Placid – home to the 1932 & 1980 Olympic Winter Games.20160712_113303We missed the Horse Shows by 2 days.  I bet it would have been fun.20160712_113322Beautiful fields for the horse shows.20160712_114449Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum.  We should have stopped, but we didn’t.  Maybe next time.20160712_114521Adirondack Community Church.  It is so pretty, just look at the mountains in the background.20160712_114545The village has a Swiss Alps kind of feel.20160712_11460020160712_114611Cute downtown area.20160712_114733Oh look, the Lake Placid Public Library.  I bet it is cute inside.20160712_114747Swiss Alps kind of feel.20160712_114754Lake Placid has a lake!20160712_11490120160712_114908It is very beautiful here.  We could spend several days here and not see everything.  Sorry we are just driving through.  This would be a place I would like to come back to.20160712_114949Nice place and I took this shot from a moving vehicle.20160712_120042On to Saranac Lake, the Capital of the Adirondacks.20160712_120241Beautiful water.20160712_120416Nice houses on the water.20160712_120556The capital of the Adirondacks. Cool looking building.20160712_120559Looking downtown Saranac Lake.20160712_121130Beautiful water everywhere.20160712_122926(0)Tupper Lake.  We were looking forward to Tupper Lake and it was close to lunch time.20160712_123229But we got there and all of the streets are torn up, and not just one, all of them.20160712_124555The lake is beautiful though.20160712_12492420160712_124953Check out this boathouse with 4 boat doors.20160712_125002On to Long Lake.20160712_12583320160712_130529This is still part of Tupper Lake20160712_130541The center of town of Long Lake. Population in 2010 – 711.20160712_130856The Lake is 14 miles long.20160712_13091220160712_130739Welcome Aboard, Long Lake Boat Tours.20160712_130800They have several float-planes on the lake. This blue one was taking off.20160712_131054Beautiful canoes everywhere.20160712_130811We decided to have lunch at the historic Adirondack Hotel.20160712_130814Cute place and we got to eat out on the patio.20160712_131355We had sandwiches for lunch and it was very pleasant.20160712_135637The front desk of the hotel with a large Moose head.  The young lady thought it came from Canada. She is from Oklahoma and liked our accent.  Her husband is from here and they are working here for the summer.20160712_141453After lunch we headed south on NY- 30/28 to Blue Mountain Lake.20160712_141504And discovered the Adirondack Museum.20160712_141527With a Large Adirondack chair.  The map to the left of the chair shows the layout of this museum.  24 buildings and 121 acres.  This will have to be another day.  It is after 2:00 by now and we still have to get back to Lake George. (We did make it back and that will be the next blog post)20160712_141722The Steamboat Landing store in Blue Mountain Lake.  It would be fun to wander around in there.20160712_141813This is Lake Durant, not a town, just a beautiful lake20160712_143407From Blue Mountain Lake, we made it Indian Lake.20160712_143554I love the metal Moose in the Lake.20160712_14370720160712_144846Between North River and North Creek, we started to see a lot of whitewater rafting companies.  Not much right here, but they must bus them up river.20160712_14493920160712_153446And then there is a Howard Johnson’s Restaurant.  I don’t think I have seen one of those is 45 years.

I hope you enjoyed the trip around the Loop.  If you are ever in this area, don’t miss this place.  Spend a little time in Lake Placid and the Adirondack Museum.  That will be the next blog post.


Lake George, NY

July 8 – 22, 2016

We arrived in Lake George on my birthday, July 8.  A day early, I might add, which was my fault.  I don’t know what I was thinking.  The staff was so very nice about it.20160713_082939King Phillips Campground located on Bloody Pond Rd., a few miles south on the center of Lake George, NY.20160710_103511Our site has a lot of trees. Nice and very shady site.  This is a nice change since the last 3 weeks we have lived in full sun.20160715_192951It gets crowded in here on the weekends.20160716_193935Sunset through the canopy of trees.20160716_194040Plus we get to have a campfire again.

Saturday July 9, 2016 was rainy and overcast.  So we decided to clean the inside, like the floors and the bathroom. Then we headed off to do the laundry.  We decided to go to a laundromat instead of the campground laundry since we had so many dirty clothes. (Have not done laundry in 10 days.)20160709_121210We found this very nice and clean Dix Avenue Laundromat, in Queensbury, NY. They had multiple sizes of washers, TV and a lot of large dryers.20160709_121203They even have an exercise room with it’s own TV.  There was lots of places to sit and a table where I could sit and write in my journal.  We were done in about an hour.  We headed to Walmart, of course.  And got back to the 5th wheel to find this…20160710_081905The ceiling fan blade arm broke off.  The fan blade was laying on the floor near the door and the fan was spinning wildly.  Thank goodness we were not in the rig when this happened.  No telling what injury we might have. Since the ceiling fan blades had broken before, we ended up with a whole new ceiling fan in a box from when we were in Ocala.  So we opened the box and the blade holders are not the same color as the fan we have.  Go figure!!  Cliff put one of them on there anyway and we can still use it.  We will change out the rest some other rainy day.

Monday July 11, 2016 – we found a really nice bike trail just outside of our campground. The Warren County Bikeway. This is a little different than the trail at Seneca Lake State Park, this one has hills.Image result for warren county bike trail mapWe ride from Bloody Pond Rd to Glen Lake and back.  We also discovered a new app called Map My Ride.  It has been a cool way to track where we ride, how far we ride, how long we ride and how fast we ride.  This will be on the post I am working on called “A few of my favorite things…”

After our ride and showers we headed to Lake George.  There is a trolley service into the village so you don’t have to worry about parking.20160711_112210Next door is a small amusement park called Magic Forest. It is really for small kids and families.  The trolley stop is at the stone wall.  You can see part of the bike trial in front of the stone wall.20160711_11220720160711_112143There is a BIG Uncle Sam and if you look really close to left of the ferris wheel is a large Paul Bunyan.

20160711_113742And there it is.  The Beautiful Lake George. The Queen of American Lakes.  It is 32 miles long and 3 miles wide at the widest.20160711_114319Look how clear the water is…20160711_113753Lots of parasailing on this lake.20160711_11381820160711_113829The Adirondack mountains all around.20160711_114340The Minne-Ha-Ha, one of the boats in the Lake George Steamboat Company20160711_114851The beautiful Adirondac boat is part of the Lake George Shoreline Cruises.  There are several options for cruises on Lake George.  You can cruise in the morning, afternoon, lunch cruises and dinner cruises.20160713_085909This is the old railroad station, it is now the gift shop for the Lake George Steamboat Company. You can see Fort William Henry on right.20160713_085913There’s our trolley.  The driver was very nice and even got off and pointed out a plaque he thought we would be interested in.20160713_085836Wilbur was a busy man. He was a seaman at age 15 and had a Masters license by 25.  Then he became an attorney. He rebuilt the Lake George Steamboat Company and founded the New Orleans Steamboat Company.  Pretty cool.20160713_085923The monument with Wilbur’s plaque.20160711_121023Cool little store fronts along the main street.

Then off to dinner with some friends from Blueberry Hill.20160711_161618Ninety Nine Restaurant in Saratoga Springs, NY20160711_162008There are 99 signs around the restaurant with reasons you should come here.  The restaurant began in 1952 on 99 State St., Boston, MA.  The founder, Charlie Doe was given a horseshoe for good luck by his wife.  The logo was created when the horseshoe was placed around the nines of the address.20160711_183220Our Blueberry Hill and shuffleboard friends, Kenny and Linda.  We had a great visit and the food was really good.  It was nice to catch up.  We are so glad we were able to make this happen.

Wednesday July 13, 2016 – we went for a very early bike ride, got cleaned up and headed back to Lake George for a 10:30 cruise.  We chose the Lake George Steamboat Company because of the reviews I had read online and it was a narrated cruise with lots of information about the Lake.This picture is from their website.  The Mohican was our boat.20160713_090844This is the picture I took.20160713_090852As we were leaving the dock.  We got 2 chairs on the rail on the 2nd level.20160713_093530It is going to be a beautiful cruise. The large houses along the Lake is called Millionaire’s Row.20160713_094039There are some rather large homes along this beautiful lake.  If I had that kind of money, I think I would have a house here too.20160713_094643The front lawn of this one was amazing.  The Captain told us who owned these, but I could not remember them all and which name went to which house.  Sorry.20160713_095414It was hot and hazy today, so the pictures do not show how blue the water is and the mountains are so green.20160713_09543220160713_10100320160713_102443This is the Sagamore Resort.  They have rooms ranging from $399.00 to $1,119.00.  High dollar kind of place.20160713_102544This hotel was built in 1883 and has a panoramic view of Lake George.20160713_102552Lots of waves as the boat goes by.20160713_102554It is stunning.20160713_102634There is an open air restaurant right on the water.20160713_103756Beautiful landscape along the lake.20160713_103801This is called the narrows and the captain took the boat right through it.20160713_104014“The Last of the Mohicans” was based here. The novel was published in 1826.  The novel is set in 1757 during the French and Indian War. It details the transportation of the two daughters of Colonel Munro, Alice and Cora, to a safe destination at Fort William Henry.  Most of the movie was filmed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina though.20160713_104023Beautiful little islands everywhere.20160713_104617Most of the islands are owned by the State of New York.  Some of the islands are single tent sites and you can only get there by water.  Brett and Julie, you would love this place. Take your kayak and your tent and the whole island is yours for as long as you can reserve it.  Some islands allow more than one tent and some have houses.  But the only way to get to them is by water or snowmobile if the lake is frozen over.20160713_105402Then the Captain drove us into Paradise Bay.20160713_105450Very pretty in here.20160713_105457The water is so clear.20160713_111005Nice house with matching boat house.20160713_111036Another nice boat house.  We could not see the house because of the trees, but I bet it is nice too, based on that boat house.20160713_111725The Adirondack Mountains are so pretty around the lake.20160713_113940This island had a lot of houses.20160713_113945The mountains are beautiful.20160713_114315This is the home of John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox.  He has a banner on the chimney for the Red Sox.20160713_114339He has a nice place.20160713_115541Wonderful wooden boats.  That was the end of our 2.5 hour boat cruise of Lake George.

20160713_124223It was after 1:30 by the time we disembarked, so we walked down the street and decided to have a slice of New York pizza.  It was wonderful. Chicken, bacon, ranch pizza.

20160717_141101This place in on Hwy 9 and is always packed.  We will have to try it before we leave, plus it has my mothers name, Martha’s.

Finger Lakes Region IV

July 5, 2016

We made a few more stops before we left the Finger Lakes to head to Lake George.  Here they are.20160705_123216Rose Hill Mansion.  The tour focuses on the Swan family who lived here from 1850 to 1890.20160705_123148A Greek Revival house built in 1839.20160705_123114Good view of the Belvedere.  The architectural feature at the peak of the roof.  They opened the windows in the belvedere for ventilation.20160705_113949There is a skylight at the top of the stairs.20160705_114547There are several pieces from the Swan family.  The wallpaper and the carpeting is all reproductions.20160705_114603Each piece that was from the Swan family has a little swan on it.20160705_11455520160705_122656The view of Seneca Lake from the front window.20160705_11470620160705_114711These 2 daughters, Maggie and Agnes, are the only children that survived their parents and lived into adulthood.  Mrs. Swan had 3 sons to die within 4 years of each other.  1 died at child birth and 2 died from illness when they were adolescents.  The eldest daughter Mary died at 33 during childbirth. Maggie lived to 44.  Agnes lived to 87. Agnes was a well known artist in her day.  20160705_120554This is a wood rug.  It was made of thin veneer and rolled up.  When it was brought to the house, it was unrolled and set in the floor.  This is original to the house when the Swan’s lived here.  It is over 150 years old.20160705_12060320160705_120751A Swan family piece.20160705_120757This is also from the Swan family.20160705_122257Staircase from the 2nd floor.20160705_122421Agnes married Waldo Hutchins in Geneva, NY in October 1894.  They had 2 children, Waldo Jr. and Margaret (named for Agnes’ mother). Margaret owned a 1916 Ford Model-T that is on exhibit in the visitor center.  Waldo Hutchins, Jr purchased Rose Hill for the Historical Society and donated considerable funds for the restoration.  For more information about the Swan family, click here.20160705_123159The view down the driveway with Seneca Lake in front of you.  I really enjoyed this tour.  The guide was very knowledgeable and you could ask a lot of questions.  If you are ever in the area, you should go to this mansion.


July 6, 2016 – Canandaigua, NY20160707_135921Beautiful village west of Waterloo and Geneva.  The town sits on Canandaigua Lake.  This is the fourth Finger Lake that we saw.  We did not get to all of them, but we think we hit the highlights.20160707_135943These little boat houses line these short streets on the water.20160707_135951They park their boats under the living space.20160707_140011It is so cute.20160707_140042This is right at the center of town on the waterfront.20160707_140121Beautiful lake view from the point.20160707_140222I love the sailboats.20160707_14023820160707_140359Very cool Ice Cream place.  The chairs are darling. I never did see the name of this place, but you know what they sell.20160707_140407Cool looking Restaurant.20160707_140826The Ontario County Court House.  Gold statue on top of the dome.20160707_140856St. Mary’s Church20160707_140854The first baptism recorded in this church was November 26, 1848. The church was much smaller then. The front and part of the sidewall were incorporated into this structure.20160707_141356The first wedding recorded in this church was December 9, 1849.  The church was expanded around 1861.20160707_140922Beautiful homes in this town and another look at a belvedere.20160707_141201Tree lined streets.20160707_141325Such a beautiful town.20160707_141327So Patriotic. We should have spent more time in Canandaigua.

20160707_151200This is in Geneva, NY.20160707_154140We also learned what these are for.  When the snow piles up, these break the snow as it thaws so that it does not fall off the roof in large chunks.  That could kill someone.  These spike like things are everywhere.20160707_155232The bar at the Finger Lakes Moose Lodge.  You can purchase a mug and have your name engraved on it.  So every time you come in, you get to use your own mug.  Kind of cool. We really enjoyed our stay at the Finger Lakes.  We saw a lot of sites and missed a lot too.  Very cool place with lots of lakes and beautiful country roads.  We never knew what to expect and were totally overwhelmed by the beauty.

On to Lake George, NY.

Sampson Military Museum

July 2016

We are currently in Lake George, NY, but I want to go back and post about a few more places we visited while we were in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

When we told my Dad, Ed Davis, that we were going to the Finger Lakes, he told us that he went to basic training for the Navy in the Finger Lakes.  Then another friend of ours, Bob Lewis, told us he went to the Air Force Base training in Sampson in the Finger Lakes.

We decided we had to check this out since we know 2 totally unrelated people that went to Sampson for basic training, one the Navy and one the Air Force.  There is now a Military Museum dedicated to both the Navy and the Air Force.  It is located in Sampson State Park.20160628_11562720160702_105658The drive into the park.20160702_120347The Museum.  The only building left of the whole training base.  This was the brig/stockade. The building is split in half, one side is dedicated to the Navy training base and the other side to the Air Force training base.20160702_105938The Navy used this location from 1942 – 1945.  The Air Force used this facility from 1950 -1956.20160628_120928There are beautiful statues.20160702_10585320160702_12012620160702_12013520160702_113158This is the courtyard of the brig.20160702_11323620160702_113212The training facility was named for William Thomas Sampson.20160702_113218There is only one of the these for the Air Force, not one for the Navy.20160702_110025I know the picture is small, but look at the one on the bottom, in the middle.  Look at how many men were here training. They trained over 400,000 men for the Navy to fight in World War II.20160702_110234These “boots” or leggings were worn until they completed their training.20160702_110354It was not easy.  The museum is filled with memorabilia. 20160702_110412Almost everything has been donated.20160702_11045620160702_111002A pillow cover.20160702_111059There was a choir.20160702_111755Cooking School20160702_111925Check out the menu for Fourth of July. I am not sure who was still here, since everything printed, said it closed in 1945.  And there was no one to ask.20160702_111807And Barbers.  They also had a baseball team and a football team.20160702_111904It was a town with their own hospital, fire station, etc.20160702_112214The Commander.20160702_112336Check this out!! This is the biggest snow plow I have ever seen.20160702_112356On the front of this truck.20160702_112347That is some deep snow.  My father told me that when he came here is was 20 below zero and they made them sit on concrete blocks. That was cold!20160702_112418Training in boats and there were a lot of them.20160628_120459This is the marina today with a sea wall or maybe that is a lake wall.20160628_120430Nice boat launches. 20160702_112531Cliff got to look through a telescope that went up through the roof.  You can look at the lake and the whole park from right here.20160702_112704Japan surrendered on the U.S.S Missouri on September 2, 1945, marking the close of WW II. This bronze plaque marked the spot on the Missouri where the surrender papers were signed. This was very cool to see.20160702_111346I would love to have seen the inside of this book.20160702_11152120160702_111548

Now off to the Air Force side.20160702_113347They have a very nice library.20160702_113419All of the different types of aircraft.20160702_11351120160702_113556This is such a great print.  The next frames are closer so that you, hopefully, can read it.  It explains what each of the 13 folds mean when the flag is folded after it is draped over a coffin.20160702_113616Did you know that at military funerals, the 21-gun salute stands for the sum of the numbers in the 1776? Did not know that!20160702_11362720160702_113631I loved this.20160702_113739A pillow cover.20160702_114352Hospital on the left and fire station upper right corner.20160702_11443120160702_114449_00120160702_114456They could send postcards to family.20160702_114555Ready for inspection.20160702_11474920160702_114813Wow.20160702_114818Eyes Right! I love this one.

At the end, they have a couple of cells and solitary confinement cells that you can tour.20160702_115521And a room full of photos of a lot of different ships.20160702_115238My father was from Pennsylvania. 20160702_115259This was the U.S.S. Rocky Mount.  We thought this was interesting since my cousin Claire and her family live there, plus my Aunt Stevie is close in Nashville, NC and our new friends Rush and Lola are from Rocky Mount.20160702_115339The sailor on the left is from Mt.Juliet, TN.  I did not see my father’s picture on any of them and there was no one there to explain why there was a picture of certain people on each ship photo.

It was a beautiful visit and we are so glad we went.20160702_122713The farms on the way back to Waterloo were beautiful.20160702_12273120160702_122738The wheat in the foreground and the corn in the background.  We hope you enjoyed the tour.