Pennsylvania

August 29 – September 2, 2016

Monday August 29, 201620160829_100912We left East Stroudsburg, PA, heading to Lancaster, PA.  It is only 114 miles, but took 3 hours due to heavy traffic around Allentown.20160829_102155Passed through Virginville, PA.20160829_142024It is hot in Pennsylvania in August.20160829_142204Beautiful campground in Gordonville, PA, Lancaster County.20160829_142228We stayed at County Acres Campground.  Beautiful farmland all around us.  Site #876, 50 amp, water, sewer, cable (70+ channels), decent WiFi. Nice laundry room, $1.75 wash, $0.50 for 30 minutes of dryer.20160829_142234Sites are decent.  Long enough for the 5th wheel and the truck.20160829_142251Not very level side to side, but not too bad.  Easy to get to, right off US-30. Bird-in-Hand Corporation owns a lot of property and businesses in the Lancaster area.  They own this campground, multiple hotels, restaurants, bakeries, etc.20160829_140458Had dinner at Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant. In my opinion, it is not as good as The Blue Gate in Shipshewana, IN.20160829_140505Very pretty flowers.20160829_181734“If you build it, they will come.”20160829_181740That is some good size corn.

Tuesday August 30, 2016 – York, PA20160830_110437Decided to drive to York to tour the Harley-Davidson Vehicle Operations manufacturing facility.20160830_110456They build custom order bikes here too.20160830_112730These are the colors for 2017.20160830_112816They manufacture the Touring, Softail, CVO and Trike styles here in York.20160830_112848My favorite.20160830_113215Cliff’s favorite.20160830_113409I like it too. 20160830_113459I had a fun time getting off of that monster.20160830_115947_001We like to check in with new friends from time to time, just to see where everyone is.  Phil and Judy Kerns, full-timers from Oklahoma, just happened to be in Hershey.  They suggested we meet them for a tour.  We made reservations on-line, which we found out later was a very smart idea. The staff told us that most of the time people just show up and the tours are full.  We took the Steel Toe Tour, which was Great!  They don’t allow photos on the tour, so we just got a few in the lobby.  We are very impressed with Harley-Davidson and the commitment to the saying “Made in America”.  Highly recommend this tour if you are ever in the area.  If I could ride a motorcycle, it would definitely be a Harley. 20160830_144808The tour was over 2 hours long.  Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and was British, not that really means anything, but interesting. We headed downtown York for an early dinner.20160830_144841It was recommended that we try the White Rose Bar & Grill.  It was very nice and we got to enjoy our time with Phil and Judy a little longer.  We meet them at the Escapees Rally in Vermont in July.  We just love meeting new full-timers and then finding them along the path again.20160830_163231Interesting public art downtown York.20160830_165614Beautiful bridges on our way home from York, PA.

Wednesday August 31, 201620160831_082626The Amish in Pennsylvania ride bike scouters. Cliff really likes these.20160831_083118Since our campground is owned by Bird-in-Hand, they have a free tour of the Lancaster County countryside.  Since we love tours and it was free, we had to go.  The first stop was a farm that make their own, well everything.  The hot pretzel was probably the best I have had in a very long time.  20160831_083018They had peacocks, donkeys, ponies, wild turkey, horses, chickens, goats and anything else you could think of.20160831_083130Sheep and Goose.20160831_083132The donkeys were so cute.20160831_102644Covered bridges.20160831_102719You can take buggy tours too.  Those are not free.20160831_102944Stunning farms.20160831_114356I posted this one on facebook, so most of you have seen this. Cliff was so excited, he stopped the truck to get his picture.  What can I say??20160831_110727Stoltzfus Meat market was nice and had a very large selection.  We stocked up on things for the freezer.  They did not have any pork burgers, which was disappointing.  They are really good if you can find them.20160831_110828There were shops like this one, Wild Goose Gallery.  We actually bought something here.  I will show you when we get back to Florida. A very nice man works there and sells his bird carvings.  Cool place to wander around.20160831_111800There are several road side shops.20160831_111803Roger and Dawn Brown, sorry this is so blurry, but we wanted you to see the flowers made out of horseshoes.  They were painted all different colors and they were everywhere.20160831_114349The hay is ready to harvest.20160831_112711My wings are not very straight….20160831_112726but Cliff’s are.20160831_121246Cliff found his favorite shirt.20160831_121533and his new Heike stick.

Off to Virginia. Till then, cheers.

 

 

Mystic, CT and Newport, RI

August 24 – August 28, 201620160825_083456We stayed at Seaport RV Resort in Mystic, CT. by the advice from Helen and Bryan Salgado. This is a Beautiful place.20160824_173904Site #69. Very level and long.  They have 50 amp service with water, but no sewer.  They have a pump out service that comes by every 3 days for free and 2 dump stations on the way out.

Thursday August 25, 201620160825_094644Heading to Newport, RI.20160825_09473420160825_094806Nice bridge 20160825_094830Rose Island Lighthouse.  It is hard to see through the glare of the window. Sorry.20160825_095410Newport Shipyard, right behind the Visitor Center. Look at the tall masts.20160825_101322Repairing this huge sailboat. History of the America’s Cup had a strong influence in Newport.20160825_10170720160825_101916The bridge we came across to get here.20160825_102440Beautiful sailboats.20160825_103112The big one is named Sun Chaser.20160825_103116Another Big boat.20160825_104249 - CopyWe took a Historic Trolley Tour with Nate.20160825_110853 - CopyThe Bernardo Cardines is thought to be the oldest baseball field in America.20160825_111027 - CopyWhite Horse Tavern, est.1673, is thought to be the oldest Tavern in America still in operation.20160825_111808The International Tennis Hall of Fame. Known for their 13 grass courts. 20160825_111841The most recently restored building in Newport.20160825_111854This is the front.20160825_112012Mansions everywhere.20160825_112535The Breakers. Vanderbilt’s Summer home, 70 rooms. Click on the link and see all the cool photos. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt(1794-1877) established the family fortune in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad. The Commodore’s grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, purchased this property in 1885. There was a small wooden house on the property then. In 1893, he commissioned a new Italian Renaissance-style palazzo.      Nate, the tour guide, was great at explaining the history of Newport and how Doris Duke was mainly responsible for saving a lot of the mansions in this city. This is my cup of tea.20160825_114334_003And real breakers.20160825_114854Striped cows.20160825_115419The trolley makes a short stop at Fort Adams.20160825_115540Remember this ship, you will see it later getting under sail.20160825_115814There is a nice food truck here at Fort Adams, A Fork in the Road.. We split a Mediterranean Chicken sandwich, which was very good.20160825_121410These moorings have little docks (look between the sail boats ahead). Never seen this before.  Everywhere else they are just buoys.20160825_125315Large Sailboats.20160825_131655New England churches are beautiful.20160825_131709Newport harbor.20160825_135416Remember the big old sailboat at Fort Adams? We caught sight of it going out when we crossed back over the bridge.20160825_135439Pretty cool. We need to spend more time in Newport, RI. Loved it!!

Friday August 26, 201620160826_084017We drove to Mystic, CT. (Our campground is in Old Mystic)20160826_084957Draw bridge20160826_085056Mystic Pizza anyone?20160826_085115Beautiful churches.20160826_090957Then on to New London, CT. Kind of a rainy day.20160826_092948Beautiful colonial homes.20160826_092959New London had some pretty homes. 20160826_09300220160826_09324620160826_093410Private lighthouse.20160826_094508Art out on an island.20160826_094908Plenty of boats.20160826_09532920160826_095355New London is a lot bigger than we expected. 20160826_09540220160826_095427Very cool fountain.20160826_095500Large bridge to get here.20160826_101240Back to Mystic to go to the Mystic Seaport. The Museum of America and the Sea.20160826_102454There is a whole lot to see here.20160826_102722This Live Oak log grew on the coast of South Carolina for over 600 years, until it was blown over by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.  Live oak is a dense and strong wood, long favored by shipbuilders for frames and parts of the structural system within a wooden ship. Mystic Seaport workers salvaged this tree along with ten trailer loads of prized live oak.20160826_10283620160826_103414They have an active shipyard here where older vessels can be repaired authentically.20160826_103953One of the ships being repaired.20160826_114051This was a general store.20160826_114329There is a large building that demonstrates how rope is made.20160826_114305The yarn runs through this spinner to make the strand.20160826_114320The strands are twisted together to make the rope. They can make all different sizes of rope, depending on how many strands they use.20160826_114918Replica of Brant Point Lighthouse.20160826_115041You can take a sailboat ride for $4.00.20160826_115050We met the Captain in charge of this beautiful sailboat. He takes students, ages 15-18, on a five or 10-day voyage on this sailboat. The students learn teamwork, leadership and traditional nautical skills while sailing as the crew under his direction.  The students stand watch, steer, and help navigate through New England waters.  They go to places like Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island and Cuttyhunk.  Sounds great for a teenager.20160826_115853Beautiful wooden sailboats.20160826_11585620160826_120223These large old sailboats are massive.20160826_121503Mystic Bank – 1833.20160826_121154This is the museum’s pride and joy.  The Charles W. Morgan.  The oldest American merchant ship still afloat – and the last surviving American wooden whale-ship. When launched in 1841 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Morgan was one of more than 600 American ships hunting whales to supply the world’s need for oil.20160826_121413Check out the girl climbing the rope lines from the whaleboat to the ship.  You can barely see her just above the whaleboat with the yellow strip.20160826_121838The guy standing on the railing is singing as the crew and visitors pull the whaleboat up.  These boats weigh over 2,000 lbs.20160826_121841The Charles W. Morgan is 106 feet long.  Named for it’s original owner, Charles W. Morgan, a whaling merchant.  The vessel made 37 voyages during an 80-year whaling career.20160826_121919Hunting primarily in the Pacific Ocean, the Morgan often spent 3-5 years on each voyage. Seventy whales were killed during the first voyage, filling the hold with 2,400 barrels of oil. A crew of 30 to 36 men were needed to sail the ship, row the six-man whaleboats used to hunt and kill whales, and render oil from the blubber in a brick tryworks on deck.20160826_121928And there is the whaleboat and the man is still singing.  After the ship’s retirement in 1921, the Morgan was preserved as an exhibit near New Bedford, Mass., before being brought to Mystic Seaport in 1941. It was named as a National Historic Landmark in 1966.  It is a beautiful ship. (Trivia: the difference between a boat and a ship – you can put a boat on a ship, but you cannot put a ship on a boat).  Learn something new everyday.  Love it.20160826_123033This is just a beautiful boat.20160826_124155We learned about Scrimshaw, the Whalers’ Art.  And learned about oysters and how they are harvested.  Very interesting place. Highly recommend going.

Saturday August 27, 201620160827_102457Leaving Mystic, CT today, heading to East Stroudsburg, PA, about 220 miles away. We went through New York state.20160827_111449Across the Hudson River.  Dang, this is a big river.20160827_115519Into Pennsylvania.20160827_131944We have 2 nights at the Moose Lodge in East Stroudsburg, PA.20160827_13195220160827_173407They have a lot of property, with an outdoor pavilion and a small creek in the back.20160827_173424Not a bad campsite, it was level, 30 amp and water.  $15.00 a night, we love these kinds of places.20160828_093734Sunday they had a bike ride for charity.  Nice place and pretty easy to get to.

Monday we are off to Lancaster, PA, about 114 miles from here.

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.