Watkins Glenn State Park, Corning Glass, PA Grand Canyon

Another highlight from the area is the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  This is a beautiful place for a day trip from where we were staying.  It was a scenic drive and we enjoyed looking at the historic houses and buildings  in the towns.  We did the mile and a half rim tour which was rather steep.  The view of the river below was beautiful. The bike trail down through the canyon was tempting.  It’s part of the “rails to trails” projects that are happening across the country where old rail lines are being removed and transformed into wonderful bike trails.  We would have loved to ride the bike trail but we knew it would be too much for us.  We enjoyed walking in the woods and hearing the sounds of nature. This area was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps and there is a statue in honor of these men.

Scott and I have enjoyed this beautiful New York/Pennsylvania stay and recommend it to all who love the beauty of nature.

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Campground Review: Cowanesque Lake, Tompkins Campground, ACoE, Lawrenceville, PA

Tompkins Campground is on the PA side of the NY/PA state line just south of Corning.  Arriving at the campground from Corning is rather interesting.  There is road construction, county roads, and more county roads.  Once you follow the sign to the campground you wonder if you’ve accidentally turned onto the wrong road as you are on a narrow patched bit of barely-over-one-lane blacktop.  After a short distance you cross into PA and the road improves considerably as you pass under Hwy 15.  Then it deteriorates a bit as you travel the final miles to the campground.

Here’s a later, 2019 review of this campground.

There are playgrounds, horseshoe pits, a laundry, and, for the boaters a nice dock.  The Corning Museum of Glass, Watkins Glen State Park (with wonderful waterfalls), and the scenic “Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania” are all reasonably close by.

There’s no park WiFi and my Verizon cell hot spot barely works (and that’s with a Wilson Sleek signal booster).

If you are looking for a nice, quiet camp spot look no farther, this is it!

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Campground review: Allegany Mountain Resort at Rainbow Lake, East Otto, NY

Now, all the above doesn’t mean everything is just wonderful here.  This is an old campground and that is quite apparent.  The campsites are small, obviously planned before people traveled in the larger RVs of today.  I tried three different campsites before I managed to get into one.  In fact, I got stuck in the first one and thought for awhile that I would need a tow to get out.  Also, the roads are narrow and some are very steep.  Making one turn I nearly took out a post and then, making another turn I managed to drop the driver’s side camper wheels into a fairly deep ditch.  Damage was minor and it could have been worse.   Damage was moderate – bent an axle, found months later when a tire began to show considerable wear, around $350 for the repair.  The “overnight” campground area has no sewer sites and power is 30 amps.  The power and water hookups aren’t where you expect them to be.  I had to get out a water hose I’d never used to reach water and I had to borrow an electric extension cord from the campground to reach the electric.  Then, over the hot weekend, the voltage kept dropping below 102 volts which caused my trusty surgeguard to shut the camper’s electric down. Once the weather cooled, the electric settled down.  Word is that this section is slated for a 50 amp upgrade.  One lesson I learned from my arrival here is to never let anyone (even people with the best of intentions) talk you into trying to park in a spot that you feel isn’t suitable for your rig.  They may tell you that “people park here all the time” but when you get stuck or manage to damage your rig, it will be you who pays for the repairs.

If you have a small camper you’ll love coming to this resort.  If you have a bigger one, try to arrive on Sunday-Wednesday when there are plenty of campsites, then, in the overnight area, head for the first two roads up from the lake for the best chances of getting a site you can get in to and that will be somewhat level.  The farther up the hill you go, the harder it will be to find a spot.

Would I return?  Yes!  That is, unless I had to arrive during a busy weekend!  In that case, I’d find another place.

Meanwhile, I think a couple of issues with the F350 have been fully resolved.  The truck had an overheating problem when towing in heavy traffic in Dallas.  It had never repeated until the day we came here.  As we pulled up a long grade near this campground it overheated again.  I took the truck to a nearby Ford dealer and they found that the fan clutch wasn’t engaging.  It is supposed to spin the fan at a much higher speed when towing on a long uphill.  The repairs were covered by warranty so, while we were out $100, we didn’t have to pay the full cost which was several times that amount.  Then, as I drove, I felt a familiar shaking of the steering wheel.  While on one of our first tows we had a tire tread separate and we ended up buying two new tires.  Now one of the remaining two originals (which should have given us at least a year’s more service) had suffered the same failure.  We put the spare on and found matching tires in Buffalo.  This time, there was no warranty, so we dropped a big chunk of change on the new tires.  Hopefully, we’ve now solved the biggies and we will get a break (knock on wood) from these kinds of issues for awhile.

We’re finishing up our time here tomorrow, but the move will be just a few hours to the east.  The adventure continues.

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Niagara Falls area and Western New York

We are in a beautiful area! This park is off the beaten path but nice. Our arrival was somewhat challenging.  We had some problems with the pickup and then we had a hard time finding a campsite we would fit into.  We also had some tire problems on the pickup.

From Niagara on the Lake we drove back to Niagara and to see the Falls at night when they are illuminated by big colored lights.  I think they were as lovely at night as they were breath-taking during the day.

We’ve found western New York to be very pretty and we’ve found the people here to be very friendly.

This is a great place to be.

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Henderson Memorial Public Library

Name: Henderson Memorial Public Library

Location: 54 East Jefferson Street, Jefferson, OH 44047

Henderson Memorial is easily accessed in downtown Jefferson.  The collections are well marked making it easy to find the materials you are looking for. Near the circulation desk the DVDs and Music are easily browsed.  They also provide public access computers and free WiFi if you have your own electronic device. In the adult area near the magazines are chairs for reading as well as a puzzle laid out for anyone who would like to work on it. For a place to work or study there are several large tables nearby.

For the Summer SRP “Dig Into Reading” program the Children’s Department sponsored a “Muddy Good Times” for one of their programs. The library provided clay that looked like mud and the children made things out of the ‘mud’. The Adults were encouraged to read three books during SRP and choose a free paperback from the shelf by the circulation desk.

A flyer for two programs caught my attention under the title “Digging Up Your Ancestors” They did “Gravestone Rubbings” one day and a “Genealogy “Workshop” the next.The gravestone rubbings were taken at a local cemetery and used different mediums to take them. There is more information at the library website  http://henderson.lib.oh.us/.

 

 

Campground Review: Kenisee Lake Thousand Trails, Jefferson, OH

Kenisee Lake, itself is a beautiful lake.  There are a couple of other ponds on the property.  Just about all the Thousand Trails campgrounds have miniature golf, but the course here is better than any we have seen.  I think it’s nice enough to be a commercial course.  There’s also a heated pool and other amenities.  The WiFi here isn’t worth much.  You have to be right in the Activity Center to use it, and then it’s fair at best.  I had somewhat better luck with my 4G.  It wasn’t the best cellular connect I’ve had but it did the job.

There were some nice activities over the weekend: ice cream, a chocolate fountain (along with the showing of “Willie Wonka”), and a few other children’s activities.  One afternoon we enjoyed listening to a rehearsal session of a family bluegrass group that just happens to be staying here.  They are “Amber Waves Band” and we hope to hear them in concert somewhere down the line.

The area has some interesting attractions.  There are covered bridges, some nice beach and waterfront parks at Lake Erie, and other historical sites and events.  Nearby Jefferson has a scenic railroad but it doesn’t start operations till late in the summer and into the fall.

We like Kenisee Lake Thousand Trails and will likely return here as part of a future swing through the Great Lakes states.

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Around northeastern Ohio

On Saturday we attended ‘Early America Live’ in Jefferson, OH.  There were people in 1890’s period clothing who chatted with us “in character.”  We enjoyed touring the restored Historic train depot and attended a service at the old Methodist church with a circuit riding preacher. The music for the song service was played on a pump organ by a local musician.  We also chatted with a woman who as dying yarn using local plants, flowers and walnuts and also a lady who was spinning yarn from various animals hair including buffalo. There’s also an 1800’s home, a post office, school, inn, and a pharmacy.

On Sunday we enjoyed worshiping at the Jefferson, OH Church of the Nazarene.  Our time in northeastern Ohio has been relaxing and interesting.  It’s a pretty area with lots to see and do.

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Campground Review: Wilmington, OH Thousand Trails

We have a few more days here.  Tomorrow we’ll go back to Wilmington to check out the start of the Clinton County Fair.  We may stop off for some ice cream at J&D’s Market.  It’s near the campground and they serve terrific soft serve chocolate ice cream (sorry to say they don’t have soft serve anymore).  On Sunday we’ll attend church and then come back to the TT for a pot luck dinner and gospel singing.

While this Thousand Trails isn’t especially close to either Dayton or Cincinnati it’s close enough to serve as a base of operations for visiting those cities.  If you can get a site in Loop’s A or C with full hookups you’ll enjoy the place.

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