New York State, Niagara Falls, 1000 Islands, and Adirondacks

Published: July 21st 2016
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On our way to Niagara Falls we stopped outside of Bath in the Finger Lakes area. We then stayed at a KOA park North of Niagara, an easy drive to the falls and also to Lockport where we took a cruise on the Erie Canal. The cruise was okay, but probably not worth the cost. Niagara Falls was exceptional especially the Maid of the Mist boat tour. It was amazing to view the falls that close up and experience how huge they really are and I did get wet. The poncho they give you kept my clothes dry, but my face and some of my hair got wet and was well worth it.

From Niagara we went further North to the 1000 Islands area. We stayed at another KOA park which was on Association Island in Lake Ontario. It was a beautiful place but the gnats where thick as fog and all over the trailer and in our faces every time we went outside. It could have been so much better if they addressed that problem. The park was full because it was 4th of July weekend. On the 4th I went to Alexandria Bay which is further north on the St. Lawrence River and took a boat tour around the islands with a stop off at Boldt Castle on Heart Island. The Boldt Castle was amazing and they are still in the process of restoring it after it sat empty for 70 years. The area is absolutely beautiful and the river is pristine. That night I took another boat tour out on the river to experience the fireworks display over the Boldt Castle. The river was full of small boats and four large tour boats. The town was full of people watching from the docks, buildings, motels, and parks along the banks of the river. The fireworks were wonderful and I enjoyed every thing except the hour it took to get out of my parking place to begin the long drive back to the RV park. I finally got back at about 12:30 after avoiding the 6 deer that I saw on the way and all the ones I did not see.

Our next stop in New York state was outside of Schenectady in the Adirondacks. It is a beautiful area but easy to feel lost in all the trees and mountains. On our way the police had the road we needed to go on blocked and made us detour down the side of a mountain with 40% grades and 15 mph curves until I found a place large enough to turn around my trailer. I then called the campground and they gave me new directions to avoid low overpasses and tunnels and I had to go back up the side of the mountain to get there. We made it finally and got to set up the trailer in 100% humidity. I just love the east coast! Wrong! This is a beautiful area but I couldn't depend on my GPS because it likes to send me to tunnels and under low overpasses. The roads wind in and out so much that I was never really sure of what direction I was headed or which direction I needed to head.

We finally said goodbye to New York and traveled through Massachusetts, Connecticut and arrived in Rhode Island. Bonnie has friends that lives in Douglas, MA so we will spend some time visiting them.

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