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.

Travel Day

July 8, 2016 – Travel Day

I am going to bring everyone up to date, then finish our posts of the Finger Lakes Region.

We left Waterloo, NY around 8:30 AM and headed east on I-90.  It is approximately 204 miles from Waterloo to Lake George. I was told not to go through Albany, but to take a short cut at Amsterdam.  So, of course, I researched it to death before we left.  I checked the Trucker’s Atlas, RV Trip Wizard, Google Maps and Good Sam Trip Planner.  They all gave me the same route.

We get to Balliston Spa, NY, turn right on Malta Ave and we see this bridge.  An overpass that is marked 12′-11″.  STOP!  To our right is a driveway up to a business with what looks like a pretty large parking lot. So we turned into the driveway and up to the business.  There were signs that said “No U Turn” and “Stop”, but what were we supposed to do?  We had no where to go.  Our 5th wheel is 13′-4″ high.

There was a Man standing at the bay door with his fists on his hips and his legs spread wide.  We both got out and the first thing he said was “Did you not see my signs that this is not a turn around?”  We explained about the bridge and he accused me of using a Car GPS.  I explained how much research I had done.  So he loosened up a bit and told us that in New York State, the bridges are 1′-0″ higher than marked unless it saids “Actual”.

Wow, that would have been good to know before we got here.  Anyway, I think he felt sorry for us and got a kick out of our southern accents.  So we shook hands and off we went.  As we were turning around in his parking lot, we cut it a little to close and 20160708_111603BANG – the 5th wheel broke the window out on the truck.  Oh well. Just another day in paradise.20160708_122641Scratched the 5th Wheel too. 20160708_122649

Thank goodness it was not raining and we made under the bridge without an issues.

We drove on to Lake George and checked in to King Phillips Campground.  Interesting, we have arrived a day early.  I don’t know how I got that wrong, but we are not supposed to arrive until July 9, 2016.  I had to tell Cliff that he was Right.  He had asked me the day before if we were to leave on Friday or Saturday.  Boy, the day just keeps getting better.King PhillipsThey staff was nice enough to find us a place for the night.  We got site H-21.  Nice long pull through with 50 amp service.  YEAH!!!  (The reason I am so excited about 50 amp service, is because we have been living with 110 since June 17. Just enough to run the refrigerator and a few fans.) And I Am a 50 amp Princess!!

Once we got set up, we drove around to find the site where we are to move to tomorrow.  First of all, most campground maps are not very good.  This has got to be one of the worst.  We took 4 wrong turns trying to find the correct road.  So finally, through the woods, up a hill, through 2 tight trees and a sharp left turn, and there was the second site.  They called it a pull through, but there is another camper in front of site T-20.  Oh my, there was no way we were getting up to this site and then no way we would have been able to get out.  So back to the office to see what we could do.20160710_103511They were VERY NICE and rearranged some other things and we get to stay here until July 22, 2016.  And that is a Friday.  I hope I don’t get it wrong again.

We were both stressed out and hungry.  We decided Mexican and a Margarita was a good solution.20160708_134542So I searched Trip Advisor and found 2 in Queensbury and Glens Falls.20160708_134619The closest one was La Cosina.  It is really cute, but they do not have a liquor license.  So we headed to Raul’s downtown.  Could not find a place to park.  Texas Roadhouse did not open until 4:00 and it was only 3:15.  So we ended up at Olive Garden and nice cold glass of Chardonnay.20160708_175249We got back to the camp and little guy showed up.20160708_175254He did not seem afraid of people and just hung out for a while.

So that is how my 55th Birthday went.  Still living the dream!!

 

Finger Lakes Region III

Friday July 1, 2016

We went for a bike ride at Seneca Lake State Park. Day 2 and counting.  After showers we headed east to Auburn and Skaneateles.20160701_095748Auburn had some beautiful homes along the highway.20160701_11072020160701_110719Very Nice Fire Station in Skaneateles.20160701_110747Nice B&B20160701_110801Beautiful churches20160701_110853Downtown waterfront and boat tours of Skaneateles Lake.

By now you are probably wondering, How do you pronounce the name of that town?  It is pronounced either Skinny-Atlas or Skany-Atlas depending on who you talk to.20160701_122509This is the proper pronunciation.

This is a tourist town.  The shop owner we talked to said a lot of people come from New York city and Jersey to their camps at the Lake.  We probably would not have come here if my brother Bill Davis had not suggested it.  He does Asset Verification.  He travels around the country and inventories peoples houses, with photos and appraisals.  Then the homeowner knows exactly what they have in contents and so does the Insurance Company.  He did a house in Skaneateles and suggested we visit.20160701_123108I wonder if it was this one?20160701_12401820160701_111324St.James Episcopal Church20160701_11131120160701_111439The view from the church.20160701_124049Moravian Missionaries built the first shelter here in 1750.20160701_111444Beautiful homes along the main drive.20160701_112344The Skaneateles Library. I love it.20160701_112840I wish we were going to be here for this.20160701_122400To Lunch, also recommended by my brother Bill.20160701_11542220160701_11540520160701_115358Order here and they call your name.20160701_115416By the time we left, you could not find a seat.20160701_122424Across the street.20160701_125200The Polo Club20160701_12521420160701_125215Nice house!20160701_132431Back through Seneca Falls towards Waterloo.20160701_13251520160701_132547(0)20160701_195255And home to a wonderful sunset.

Next stop the Sampson State Park and the Sampson Naval and Air Force Museum.

Finger Lakes Region II

Sunday June 26, 2016finger-lakes-mapToday we are going to head east to Seneca Falls and go around Cayuga Lake.20160626_092205First stop – Star Diner for breakfast.  Church does not start until 10:00, so at 9:00 it was packed.20160626_085306We waited about 20 minutes for a table.  Talked to 2 gentlemen in the parking lot that travel around the country to Horseshoe tournaments.  World Tournaments. They had been to Nashville for a World Tournament a few years ago.  That is one of them in the middle of the photo holding the menu.20160626_092221Worth the wait.20160626_093809Welcome to Seneca Falls, considered the Birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement.20160626_094042By 1828, the Cayuga-Seneca Canal had been linked to the Erie Canal, opening up a much larger market for items manufactured locally.  Landowners along the lake and canal became very successful by leasing water rights to a wide variety of industries.20160626_09403420160626_094125Canal Tours are available.  You can also Skipper your own canal boat down the Erie Canal. Self-Skippered Rentals, Explore the Erie Canal.  You can be your own captain of an easy-to-operate Lockmaster Canalboat.  It sounds like a lot of fun!!20160626_094131Nice waterfront walkway.20160626_09490020160626_095013In 1848, the first Women’s Rights convention was held in Seneca Falls.20160626_095514In May 1851, there was a chance encountered on the streets of Seneca Falls, NY.  Susan B. Anthony was introduced to Elizabeth Cady Stanton. The bond that was forged between Stanton and Anthony gave direction and momentum to the seventy-two year struggle for women’s suffrage which culminated on August 26, 1920 in the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Neither woman lived to see this happen.20160626_095328The beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church across the Canal.20160626_100400Lock 2 & 3 on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.  This is a 49 foot drop or rise depending on the direction you are going.  That is a pretty deep lock.  It is actually 2 locks.20160626_100313The upper end with the protection barrier raised.20160626_100535I would not go any farther up the walkway.  It was pretty high.20160626_10055020160626_100645Upper end…20160626_100632lower end and they are split in the middle.20160626_10065220160626_100739The actual falls were flooded when they completed the canal.  They are under water somewhere.

So we left Seneca Falls and headed south on 89 along Cayuga Lake towards Ithaca.finger-lakes-map20160626_114101We came across Varick Winery and a Cherry Festival.  You could pick your own cherries.  Since it was Sunday and the cherry crop was bad this year, there was nothing left to pick.  The woman at the cherry trees explained that because of the late cold, the bees just did not do there job and there was a very small cherry production this year.  One row of trees did not produce anything. 20160626_112319There was a row of artist and homemade honey, etc.  Look at the view of the Lake from here.20160626_112333Wine tasting at the Varick Country store.20160626_112549Land Tortoise20160626_112613The owner was talking to a group of people about something else.  I pointed out to a little boy that this guy wanted out.  He kind of started yelling and the owner was like “oh, he won’t hurt you, unless he gets around you and strangles you to death.” We moved away.20160626_113125This was the Twelfth Annual Cherry Festival. Nice stop.

We drove through Ithaca, home of Cornell University.  We did not see it, but saw a sign.20160626_130315Up the east side of Cayuga Lake in a small town of Aurora, NY20160626_13032020160626_130324The beautiful campus of Wells College.20160626_130428The estates along the lake are beautiful.20160626_130457Beautiful old churches in Cayuga.20160626_130521The amazing tile work on the roof.20160626_13054920160626_130611More beautiful estates.20160626_13065220160626_130945A huge farm.

Back to Waterloo and the Moose Lodge. The next few days were pretty uneventful.20160627_104148We got out Cliff’s new kite that we bought in Shipshewana, Indiana20160627_10430920160627_10415620160627_10432620160627_104605He got it pretty far up.20160627_113913Went for walks at Seneca Lake State Park.20160627_113921Seneca Yacht Club20160627_113926One of paths in the park.20160627_114613The beach20160627_114911The Splash park20160627_114627The View.20160627_173346Watched a horseshoe tournament at the Moose Lodge.  Every night we grilled out some type of meat and a vegetable.  We had chicken, North Carolina shrimp, smoked pork chops from Oak Hill Farms, homemade chicken salad, etc

By Thursday June 30, 2016 we had come up with a new plan.20160703_092405Ride our bikes through Seneca Lake State Park instead of walking.  Then to the Geneva Farmers Market and laundry.

Next to Auburn and Skaneateles, NY

Finger Lakes Region, NY

Friday June 24, 2016 – Travel Day

New_York_-_Finger_Lakes_region_map_with_road_shieldsThis map shows the main Villages around the Lakes.finger-lakes-mapThis is what we are going to explore for the next 2 weeks.  If you look at a map of New York State, this is kind of west in the middle.  Everyone told us that this is a beautiful place and they were not kidding.  We will do a series of post on the different places we went while we are here.

First, let me fill you in where we left off.  We left Hamburg and headed to Orchard Park, outside of Buffalo.  We went to Colton RV to get our slide topper repaired.20160624_095445We can not say enough about Colton RV.  Everyone there was very nice and professional.  I wish they were in Florida, in case we ever need them again.  They fixed our slide topper, checked our inverter and dumped our tanks.  What more could you ask for.  A special thank you to Stacy for treating us so nice.

20160707_09022720160624_131907This is the Finger Lakes Moose Lodge 823 in Waterloo, NY.  They have 110 power, water and sewer.  Wonderful. Thank goodness the weather was very mild, because we could not use the air conditioners because of lack of power.  There were a few hot days, but we have been able to manage.20160624_131916Nice a level.20160624_131933Very wide site.  There are others campers to the left that stay here seasonally.  We are the only transients here right now.  They have 2 spots.  We got all set up and headed to Moose to introduce ourselves.  It was suggested that we go to Connie’s Diner for Dinner.20160705_15215020160626_13574020160705_152444It is owned by Italians, so there is a lot of Italian dishes on the menu, plus your usual fare.  Nice and clean and very friendly wait staff.

Saturday June 25, 2016 – Seneca Lakefinger-lakes-mapWe are staying in Waterloo.  We decided to check out Seneca Lake today.  We headed to Geneva and went south to Penn Yan.  There is a large flea market at The Windmill Farm & Craft Market near Penn Yan.windmill-top-bannerIt was very nice, but only open on Saturdays, so we had to go.20160625_084500Penn Yan United Methodist Church.20160625_08450620160625_084513The houses have so much character in the area.20160625_110613On to Watkins Glen.  Beautiful town and waterfront.20160625_11003820160625_110150Boats everywhere.20160625_110844Lake Tour Cruises.20160625_110732Since 1934.20160625_11093920160625_111049The water is so blue and sail boats everywhere. Beautiful!20160625_111042Looking north towards Geneva.20160625_113836The drive back north.20160625_11493920160625_11503720160625_123836The Farms are beautiful. The pictures don’t do it justice with the wheat and the corn. The colors are so fantastic.20160625_123841Big farms too.

We drove through Waterloo, The Birthplace of Memorial Day.20160627_124338The first Memorial Day was held in Waterloo, NY.20160626_135825National Memorial Day Museum.20160626_13584020160625_172521We got back to the Moose in time for a wedding.20160625_17283920160625_173204

Tomorrow we are heading to Seneca Falls and Cayuga Lake.

Niagara Falls, NY

Monday June 20, 2016, Longest Day of the Year  87 degrees in New York

So we are off to Niagara Falls.  Cliff went when he was about 12 years old and I was there when I was about 6.  I remember a few things, but it has really changed.20160620_090612One of the Scary high bridges from Buffalo to Niagara Falls.20160620_09063220160620_090635Buffalo River.  I know it does not look that high, but it was High!20160620_100731The rapids before the Falls.20160620_112221That boat comes from Canada, called the Hornblower Niagara Cruises. You can tell because they have on Red rain coats.20160620_112235Amazing!!20160620_112238This is the American Falls on the left and the Horseshoe falls in the distance.20160620_112405We walked out on the Observation Deck.  It was so windy, we had to remove our hats.  It was so windy, I thought it was going to blow my phone out of my hands.20160620_112412I remember that tower in the distance.  When we came here when I was about 6 years old, we went to the Canadian side and my parents bought me wooden shoes at the base of that tower.  Then we had dinner at the top in the revolving dining room.   It is called Skylon Tower.  We decided not to go to Canada, but we saw it.20160620_112538Beautiful.  Very hard to describe the beauty.20160620_112541The Canada tour boat again.20160620_112615It was very windy on the observation deck, so no hats.  Cute picture though. My hair is crazy wild.20160620_112701Canada20160620_112705The Rainbow Bridge to Canada.20160620_112713The Canadian Dock.20160620_112730There it is, the “Maid of the Mist”.  Blue rain coats.20160620_112841You can see both the Canadian tour boat and the Maid of the Mist.20160620_112844Sorry, but I could not get enough of the beauty.20160620_112848The folks from the Maid of the Mist can walk a path closer to the falls.  We were really high up on the observation deck.20160620_113719We got pretty close to the edge.20160620_11373920160620_113958Rapids.  It was so cool.20160620_11403020160620_12161120160620_121642They are building a new observation area.  It will really be nice when it is finished.20160620_121647It will be really close to the falls.  It will be nice.20160620_12202420160620_12205220160620_12205920160620_125443New York uses the falls for power.20160620_125500Rainbow Bridge from Niagara Falls to Canada.20160620_130919We made it to Lake Ontario. We drove north to Youngstown, NY.  Beautiful park at the waters edge.20160620_130923We have now been to all 5 of the Great Lakes.20160620_131442On a clear day, you should see Toronto.  It was not a clear day, so this is all we saw.20160620_132218The Estates along Lake Ontario were amazing!!20160620_141430Back to Buffalo and the first Cabela’s store we have ever been to.  Looking for telescoping fishing rods.20160620_141738Big Buffalo.20160620_141741Cool Store.20160620_161547Success with the fishing poles.  Telescoping rods.  Easy to store in the 5th wheel.

Tuesday and Wednesday were pretty much down days.  We went to Walmart and hung out at the 5th Wheel.  We saw a deer and have a groundhog that keeps coming out.20160622_10502720160622_105044This is the mother.  There is a baby too, but I could not get his picture.20160622_153834The Moose Lodge has a Blue Moon special,  $1.50 draft, for a limited time.  So we took them up on that since we are here.

Thursday was laundry day.  We found a very nice laundromat in Hamburg.  The machines even take credit cards. It was busy, but we only had to spend $5.25 to do all of the laundry.  Then off to the Moose Lodge for our last night.  Thursday night is wing night and again $1.50 special on Blue Moon.20160619_133207We really enjoyed our time at the Moose Lodge 992.  They were so nice to us and made us feel like family.  We recommend this Lodge to anyone.  They don’t have a pump out, but we stayed 7 days and did fine. They only have 110v service and water.  The weather was so nice, so we did fine with just fans and leaving the windows open.  It kept the refrigerator cold and that was the main thing.20160623_190606My new friend Jan and her husband Al.  She and I got pretty good at synchronized drinking.  We were watching the synchronized diving nationals and it got us inspired.  We got a 9.9 and eventually a 10.  Thanks Jan.20160623_190613Mike is the Governor.  He likes to fish and might move to Alabama so he can do a lot of fishing.  Erin, the bartender, is such an inspiration.  Raising a daughter on her own, who is now going to college.  Good for you Erin.  You are the best.20160623_192752Mike and Andy.  Andy was a blast.  Hope to see you all again sometime.  We had a blast in Hamburg, NY.  The Moose Lodage has a car show every Friday night, called Moose Cruise.  We were here for the one last weekend.  It is a big attraction for this Lodge.  Saturday night is the Campfire.  You can see the campfire last Saturday if you check out our blog about Hamburg, NY.20160623_195052Cliff and Erin.  Erin is going to come see us in Florida.

We had a wonderful time in Hamburg, NY.  Now we are off to the Finger Lakes region of New York State.  Again, we have no idea what to expect.  Everyone told us it is beautiful. We can’t wait.  We will miss our friends in Hamburg.

Buffalo, NY

June 19, 2016  Father’s Day

I want to wish my father, Ed Davis, a Happy Father’s Day.  Love you very much.

The Moose Lodge fixed a free breakfast for all Dad’s.  It was very nice.  People we had met over the weekend were there and brought us new brochures of the area.  After breakfast, we headed out to find the Made in America store in Elma, NY.20160619_104456Mark Andol started this store in 2010.  They only sell products that are 100% made in America.  How cool is that?  You can read the history here.20160619_10460420160619_10462820160619_104641We bought a new broom. Lipman.  100% American made. They even sold Jack Daniel’s T-shirts.  Must be 100% made in America.  That is cool.20160619_112940Then off to Buffalo.20160619_113002Coca-Cola Field, Home of the Buffalo Bisons.20160619_113105That is City Hall.  DANG!!20160619_113126We drove right into downtown.20160619_113225Such pretty flowers.20160619_11433420160619_114339So we parked and walked over to what is called “Canalside”.  21-acre park on Lake Erie in Downtown Buffalo.  It was a beautiful day and crowded with people.20160619_114422October 26, 1825 The Erie Canal was opened. Governor Dewitt Clinton officially opened the canal. This was 8 years after he first broke ground on the 363 mile canal.  Governor Clinton boarded a packet boat, the Seneca Chief, bound for New York City.  He took along 2 wooded kegs filled with water from Lake Erie.  The canal opened trade from the Great Lakes to the Eastern Seaboard and Europe.  On November 4, the boats reached the end of the canal, at Albany.  From there, steamboats escorted the Seneca Chief down the Hudson River to the New York City Harbor.  In a triumphant ceremony, Governor Clinton poured the Lake Erie water into the Atlantic, wedding the Great Lakes to the ocean.20160619_114606They offer boat tours and Pirate ship adventures.20160619_114716Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park.  This is the USS Little Rock, a Guided Missile Cruiser.  She is the sole surviving member of that fleet.20160619_11475020160619_114756The Spirit of Buffalo.20160619_114950Large waterfront area for boats.  This is the Buffalo River.20160619_115006Large boardwalk area.20160619_11502420160619_115037Lots and lots of kayaks. That is Times Beach Nature Preserve across the water.20160619_11504120160619_115104This leads to the Niagara River which leads to Niagara Falls.20160619_115154Buffalo is well known for their grain business. This photo was taken in 1868.20160619_11580520160619_11582520160619_121007The original Frontier Elevator was constructed in 1886.  In 1903, the Washburn-Crosby Co. built a brick flour mill next door, along with nine tile storage bins.  Much expansion took place in 1908-09 with a new mill and concrete elevator.  By 1913 it was the fourth largest elevating and milling company in the country.  After WWI the milling industry became very unstable.  In 1928 James Bell of Washburn-Crosby aligned a number of smaller milling companies to merge into the new General Mills. In 1941 a new mill for cereal & packaged goods was completed. When the plant opened it introduced “Cheerioats”, the country’s first ready-to-eat oat cereal.  In 1945 the name was changed to “Cheerios” to settle a trademark dispute. 20160619_121834There are a number of little parks around downtown.20160619_12184020160619_122554Very shallow pools for paddle boating.20160619_124046First Niagara Center – Home of the NHL- Buffalo Sabres20160619_124951The Liberty Building20160619_125243Has 2 Statues of Liberty.20160619_125449City Hall. Wow!20160619_12551620160619_125749Public Art.20160619_12575920160619_12584020160619_125848The 13th President 1850 -1853.  The last president not to be affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic parties.  He assumed the presidency after Zachary Taylor’s death.20160619_12594120160619_125956Cool looking building.20160619_130033All of these large buildings make the truck look really small.  That is a large church with the clock tower in the distance.20160619_131100Buffalo Harbor State Park.  This place is huge.

We enjoyed Buffalo a lot more than I would have expected.  It is off to Niagara Falls tomorrow. Cheers.

Hamburg, NY

Friday June 17, 2016

We left Geneva on the Lake early and headed to New York, by way of Pennsylvania.20160617_08015520160617_084200We can still see Lake Erie.20160617_084728And vineyards everywhere.20160617_08475320160617_084804We did not stay very long in PA. Drove by Erie, PA, but not much to take a picture of there.20160617_085655Miles of vineyards. So beautiful.20160617_104904This is where the Buffalo Bills play. We are heading to Orchard Park to Colton RV. They are going to look at our slide topper and let us when they can fix it.  Stacy at Colton RV was so nice to us.  She is probably the nicest person we have met that works for an RV Dealer.  We were there for maybe a hour. And off to Hamburg we went.  She even called us to let us know that she had contacted our Extended Warranty provider and they are going to take care of the repair.  This was on a Friday afternoon.  I am going to write a letter to her boss. Thank you Stacy.20160617_095136Welcome to Hamburg, NY.  Less than 20 miles south of Buffalo, NY.20160619_133207Moose Lodge 992.20160618_174449We have 110 power, enough to keep the refrigerator running and water.  What else do you need?20160618_174552Mike, the Governor of the Lodge, was so nice and got us all set up.  He gave us a lot of information about the area and where everything is that we might need.20160618_174511They have to have these for the winters here.20160618_174522They have a bonfire every Saturday night.20160617_135747First stop, Walmart.  This is one of the fanciest Walmarts we have ever seen.20160617_13580520160617_162437Friday night Fish Fry at the Moose Lodge. They have place mats with the calendar of events and advertisements.. Very clever.20160617_162446They can seat a lot of people.20160617_164230This is the fish dinner for $8.00. 20160617_164234I had the fish sandwich. 20160617_164302Erin the bartender, was super nice too.  We were happy campers.20160617_172316Then we won $100.00 on a pull tab. How fun is that?20160617_172327Great night in Hamburg, NY.

 

Saturday June 18, 201620160618_083551Decided to go sightseeing today. This is a lake front park.20160618_083612There once was a dance club here during 1940s.  It was destroyed by a fire in 1954.20160618_083643We could see the windmills in Buffalo, NY from here.20160618_083700A beautiful day.20160618_083728Rocky shoreline.20160618_091307We took Hwy 5 south to Old Lake Shore Road. The estates along this road were amazing!20160618_09132720160618_100328We ended up in Seneca Indian Reservation where they have very inexpensive diesel. $2.1120160618_10033120160618_10045320160618_100955We had lunch at Aunt Millie’s. I had a Buffalo Chicken sandwich, which is the best I have ever had.20160618_10100120160618_110114They are known for their pastries and pies.20160618_11012120160618_11012420160618_11013120160618_110137We did not have any of these, but they looked good.20160618_114403We went to Willow Creek Winery and had a wine tasting. There are several wineries in this area. This is Silver Creek, NY.20160618_114331This is the tasting room.20160618_114340This is a family owned winery.  They grow all their own grapes. 20160618_114428A crowd going in as we were leaving.20160618_115217Stopped at Liberty Vineyard.20160618_11515220160618_11522020160618_115251There are grape vines everywhere.  Most are privately owned and they sell their grapes to Welch’s. 20160618_11525820160618_11530220160618_121307Then to Merritt Vineyards. They advertised that they did tours, but that is not the case. We are really looking for an educational tour on wine making.  Apparently, the wineries up here don’t offer tours.20160618_12131420160618_12132120160618_121406The flowers are so beautiful here. 20160618_12141020160618_200734Nice sunset.20160618_201514We made it back in time for the Saturday night bonfire.  Met some new people and enjoyed our evening.20160618_204627And a full moon.

Tomorrow is Father’s Day and the Moose Lodge is serving free breakfast to all the Dad’s.  After breakfast we might head into Buffalo and take a look around.

Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio or GOTL

June 13 – 16, 2016

Monday June 13 – we left Huron for Geneva on the Lake, Ohio.  We don’t know anything about this area, but it sounded interesting and there is a Sun Resort there.20160612_142211Big freighter being repaired in Huron.20160613_080338We went through Cleveland.  Waved to Chris, who was at work when we drove through.20160613_080413Stadium where the Cleveland Browns play.20160613_081659More windmills along Interstate 90.20160613_08171820160614_113715Welcome to Geneva on the Lake, Ohio20160614_113718(0)20160616_142248Indian Creek RV & Camping Resort.20160616_142320The entrance is so nice with all the flags.20160616_130107Very well maintained park.  The seasonal campers and park model homes are very well maintained.20160613_100511They gave us site #236 on the pond.  Very nice. When we went to put the slide out, the slide topper broke.  Just snapped off. Just something else that has to be fixed.20160613_100528The end did not come off on this end.20160614_131245_001Out site is very long and level with the little pond in the back.  Cliff climbed on the roof and got the slide topper disconnected.  See it laying on the ground.  The topper is made by Carefree, so we checked the internet for local dealers.  There is a dealer close to Hamburg, NY which is where we are going next.  We set up an appointment for Friday on our way to Hamburg.20160614_13120420160614_131212Lots of geese and ducks.20160614_164621Super nice fire pit with grill20160614_164645The bundle of fire wood was $6.00. Pretty high.

 

Tuesday June 14, 201620160614_111430We decided to go find the Walmart.  It is in Ashtabula, Ohio.  Small town on Lake Erie.20160614_111434A large coal company right on the water.20160614_111509The main bridge into town.20160614_111550Conveyor to get the coal across the canal.20160614_11162020160614_111731The downtown area is so beautiful.  I would have loved to gone in that Harbor Store. Very cute stuff in the window.20160614_11174020160614_111752There are flowers everywhere.20160614_112534Hwy 531 between Ashtabula and GOTL, goes right along the coast.  The view these people have of the Lake is incredible.20160614_112609The view on Hwy 531 is beautiful.20160614_112707Not too shabby.20160614_112815They don’t have a view, but it is a very cute house.20160614_112904Nice house, beautiful flowers and an awesome view of the Lake.20160614_112928Check out this Elks Lodge.20160614_112935They have a awesome view too.20160614_11350220160614_113533Just riding along.20160614_115653Then to downtown Geneva on the Lake.20160614_120313it is like a little Gatlinburg. One main drag with stores, games and restaurants.20160614_114930Not everything is open yet for the season.20160614_120337And the oldest miniature golf course in the US.20160614_114156No big chain hotels, just little cottages on Lake Erie.20160614_12414920160614_114353We had lunch at Eddie’s Grill.  Heike told us it is a landmark.  The hamburger was great.20160614_114405They have outdoor counter seating, indoor and a back patio. You order your food and they call your number when it is ready.20160614_123840In 1950, while still in high school, Eddie Sezon opened Eddie’s Grill with 10 stools.20160614_120809You walk out back of Eddie’s to see the Lake.20160614_12343220160614_123546Most of the houses are for rent.20160614_12355020160614_120632All the little streets deadend into the Lake.20160614_11490420160614_115811We went into a store to buy a sticker and the young man helping us had gone to school in Roane County, TN.  He liked us and the owner gave us a ticket to play Fascination.  We did not know what this was.  They give you 2 balls and a certain amount of time.  The first person to get your balls in a row wins.  You play against as many people as you want. Since the were only 2 of us, it was pretty easy.20160614_115953I won with the diagonal.  You throw the ball under the plastic and try to get it in a certain hole to make a line. 10 minutes of fun. All I won was another token to use for prizes.  One token was not going to get me anything, so I gave to a young woman that was playing on the other side of the room.20160616_130341Some fancy golf carts at Indian Creek.

Wednesday, it rained all day and Thursday was overcast.  I went to The Lakehouse Spa and had a pedicure. It was great.  And we did some laundry.20160616_141916Across the street from the RV park is a walk out.  All you can do is walk out on the platform and look around. This beach belongs to the condos across the street. We were not allowed down there.20160616_141924Clouds were rolling in for some more rain.

Friday is a Travel Day.  We are off to New York State.  Bye Ohio, it has been a blast.

Huron, Ohio

June 10 – June 13, 2016

I am sorry it has taken so long to get this post up, but the internet has been kind of sketchy lately and I could not get the picture to load.

So here we go, let me catch you up on our last week.20160610_090820We left Michigan Friday morning and headed to Ohio.20160610_104318They have service plazas on I-90 in Ohio that have hook ups for traveling RVers. Very cool.

Mini-Table 7 Reunion in Huron, Ohio.  We stayed at the Huron River Valley Resort, Marina and Campground.  Not a bad place.  We had electric and water and a very level site.  We arrived on Friday afternoon, had a small scare when the level up system stopped working.  But Cliff jiggled some wires around and it started working. Wha-lah!20160610_133526I forgot to take a photo of our site, but you can see it on the left.  This is where Roger and Dawn are going to park when they get here. Very nice long, level pull through sites.20160610_161921Heike and Chris wanted to make sure Cliff’s Whooping stick was still in one piece.  He has been pretty good lately, so no need to use it.20160610_175810Heike and Chris got here late afternoon and Roger and Dawn arrived around 5:30.  We are all set up and enjoying seeing each other again.  We sure wish Lisa and Todd were here. It would have made the weekend totally complete.20160610_175823We had appetizers and wine and special vodka drinks that Chris makes.20160610_180211Then Roger and Dawn bring out the most special gift I have ever seen. You see, Roger is a Farrier.  He shoes horses and he made each of us a Christmas Tree out of horseshoes. Each shoe has a small hole at the top to hang an ornament. You should see all the things he makes with horseshoes.  It is amazing!!20160610_180245Now we have to figure out how to get this to Lisa and Todd.  Cliff and I will be the closest ones to them later in the summer, so we hope we can get this to them.20160610_185352Heike and Cliff, the two real estate agents, talking smack all weekend.20160610_185428Chris and Heike and Chris’ Long John Silvers cup.  That thing must be 20 years old.20160610_192042Buddy – Smile20160610_192055Okay!20160610_192058We had such a wonderful evening.  Roger and Dawn brought out some food and we did some grilling.

Saturday, June 11, 201620160611_095229This is Chris’ boat. The forecast called for rain all day, but when Saturday got here, it turned into a very beautiful day for a boat ride.20160611_10154820160611_101640This is a very nice marina on Huron River.20160611_101712Huron Lagoon Marina20160611_10172820160611_10224920160611_102412That is Lake Erie.  So far this is the fourth Great Lake we have seen.  We have been on the water on Lake Huron, Lake Superior and now Lake Erie.  We only saw Lake Michigan, but did not go on it.20160611_102817Chris’ boat has got some power. 20160611_103659It was a little choppy going out, so we all had to hold on.20160611_103712The water sprayed up on the sides of the boat.20160611_10441020160611_104414Me with the Captain.20160611_104752Cedar Point – Known as the roller coaster capital of the world. More picture later.20160611_10511420160611_105432Lots of beautiful sailboats.20160611_105952This is “Dock of the Bay Marina” in Sandusky, Ohio.20160611_11012020160611_110314Sailboat races.20160611_11073820160611_11082120160611_110952(0)You can see the car on the track coming over the top.20160611_11114720160611_111353Large wooden coaster.20160611_11160020160611_111830A great day for a boat ride.20160611_111840The birds are loving it.20160611_11185220160611_11190820160611_11201720160611_112042People out on jet skis.  Water is still a little to chilly for me.20160611_112058Nice classic antique boats.20160611_112455Cedar Point.20160611_112538Nice boat.20160611_112559Check out this ride.  Straight up and over and straight down.20160611_112619That twisted ride looks crazy.20160611_11272420160611_112820This would not be my cup of tea!20160611_11291720160611_11292820160611_113008There they go – UP!20160611_11302620160611_113122Cedar Point is a 365-acre amusement park.  It opened in 1870.  It is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the US.  The park features 71 rides, including 17 roller coasters which is the second -most in the world behind Six Flags Magic Mountain in California.20160611_114108Nice place right on the water.20160611_115751Back to the marina20160611_115824And all the nice sailboats.20160611_120554We went on a cruise of Huron River and the canals.  Nice houses in here.20160611_12060720160611_120652And nice boats.20160611_120723One of Chris and Heike’s friends lives here.20160611_12091320160611_12092720160611_120946Nice place.20160611_121155Those are some pretty good looking plastic palm trees.20160611_12120520160611_121245Looky there, one of Heike’s listings.20160611_121249Nice place Heike.20160611_121625We all decided this would be the best.  It is right on the point.20160611_132942Off to lunch under this huge umbrellas.20160611_132903But not at Table 15, ugh!20160611_135219Yes, Table 7 will do.20160611_133603Dawn and Roger enjoying the day.20160611_133606Heike and Cliff20160611_135238Oh, Table 7, less Lisa and Todd and John. We missed you guys.  The beer was good and Cold.20160611_135445Perch sandwich.  My first time, it was delicious.20160611_153515Heike’s find for the marina friends.

 

Sunday June 12, 201620160612_084009Breakfast Sunday morning at Main Street Tavern.20160612_084128Cool place and the food was great.

We said our good-byes to Roger and Dawn. They had to head back home.  One of Chris’ best friends, Chris Jensen, is having a graduation party for his son Jim.  And we got invited. So we thought, why not, we have never been to a graduation party in Ohio and when will we ever get invited to another one.  Plus we get to spend a few more hours with Chris and Heike.20160612_13121220160612_131214We had a blast! Cliff got to play corn hole.20160612_13121620160612_131235That is Jim throwing.  He is the Graduate.20160612_13123820160612_135908Meet Chuck.  He loves the water and likes to drag logs out of the lake and bring them to the party area at the marina.20160612_135912He is so handsome.20160612_141508Really small dog.20160612_141558The host, Chris Jensen, on the left.20160612_141222Thank you Tara, Jim and Chris for inviting us to the party.  That was very special.  Tara is the mother of the graduate on the left.  She certainly knows how to throw a wonderful party. Thank you again.

Thanks to Chris and Heike and Dawn and Roger, we had a wonderful weekend with new friends that we will have for live.  We are so blessed to have met you all.