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« on: November 23, 2015, 12:35:55 pm »

Not much being posted so I thought I'd post some stops we made on our first cross country trip from California.  We had a limited amount of time to make it to the east coast and back, so we missed out on tons o' stuff, but this was a particularly memorable portion of our trip (in June)

--- Wilson, NY (Daisy Barn Campground)  This was our first stop in New York traveling east.  Daisy Barn is a very small RV park located right on Lake Ontario.  It is a quiet place with beautiful grounds, large enclosed dog park, huge lawn area, gazebo and firepit right on the lake, great sunsets.  The small town of Wilson is very quaint with some nice restaurants.  We used this campground as a base for visiting Fort Niagara (built originally in 1678 where the lake and Niagara River meet, now has historical reenactments and is a living history site), Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Lockport (historic Erie Canal town with famous 'flight of five' locks)

--- Macedon, NY (Mid-Lakes Navigation Canal Boats)  We spent an amazing week on the Erie Canal driving and living in a very nice canal boat rented at Mid-Lakes.  These are like RV's on water, very well maintained, very easy to operate (7 mph max I think) and a totally unique experience.  We had no issue parking our rig at the marina and it was fine when we returned.  They provide a half hour instruction on operation of the boat, how to operate the radio, and how to go in and out of the locks (and how to have bridges raised for you). Many nice towns along the canal have parks/docks to tie up to and provide power/water free (or nominal fee). Dogs are allowed on some of the boats. Highly (really) recommended!

--- Watertown, NY (KOA 1000 Islands at Association Island)  Private island located on Lake Ontario once owned by GE for company retreats and later the YMCA for summer camp.  While it is a bit worn and could use updating, you can't beat the location with sites right on the lake (choose windward or leeward side of island)  Nearby towns have great restaurants and shops, but we stopped here to get restocked and ready for the Adirondacks.

--- Lake Placid, NY (Lake Placid / Whiteface Mt. KOA)  The drive through the Adirondacks was easy and beautiful.  We don't seek out KOA's to stay at but we don't necessarily avoid them, especially when they are highly rated, as this one is.  Beautiful heavily forested grounds and very well kept.  Close to Lake Placid, Olympic Village, Whiteface Mt., Ausable Chasm, Ausable River (fly fishing!) and not that far from Lake Champlain. Town of Lake Placid is very nice, quaint, great shops and restaurants.  Lots of wineries nearby as well.

--- White River Junction, VT (Quechee / Pine Valley KOA)  We took the ferry from Port Kent, NY to Burlington, VT across Lake Champlain.  Very easy, unusual (for us) experience.  Lots of nice comments about our PC from passengers and boat personnel, most of whom were surprised to see California license plates. Another well rated, nice KOA.  Very close to Woodstock, Killington, Connecticut River, many covered bridges, New Hampshire.  Don't miss Simon Pearce Glassworks and Restaurant (beautiful setting on river at waterfall, great glassblowing demos, superb meal) and the Quechee Gorge.  Nice antique shops and many beautiful diners closeby. Gotta love the fact that billboards are outlawed in VT.

--- Littleton, MA (Minuteman Campground)  Nice forested park near Harvard.  Well run, well kept, decent space, good amenities. Close enough to Boston, Salem, Gloucester to easily drive or take public transport.  Harvard Kennels and Vet Clinic nearby (great groomer and nice being able to drop off the puppies for an extended period while visiting the Boston area)

     - Mike (transplanted New Englander)
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2015, 02:27:17 pm »

Wonderful report!  Thank you for taking the time to share this part of your trip.  I'm already looking forward to googling all that your wrote about to get more information.

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