Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Getting Ready to Head to the Southwest

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, Oswego, NY, 0 Miles, 0 Miles for the Trip

This would have been part of the 2015 trip to Alaska, but that got broken in two due to some stomach problems. After an early return to Oswego, my doctor changed my stomach medicine. I have no idea why since it is just a different brand of the same type of medicine, but I feel well enough to continue (or resume) the trip.

So, I've spent the last couple of days repacking the trailer, and getting ready to head out. The plan is to spend a couple of days at one of my favorite state parks, Ricketts Glen in PA, then head to DC to visit with my daughter & her family, then head west. I don't want to get there too early; I checked the temperatures in Parker, AZ, one of the areas I like to visit, and is still in the hundreds!

Until tomorrow -

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Adirondacks Trip, 2015

Piercefield Flow, The Adirondacks State Park, NY Rt 3

I managed to fit in a trip to the Adirondacks before leaving for the winter next week.  While a bit early for good color, I did get a few photos.  The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.  Many buildings filled with exhibits.  More on the museum here & more trip photos here.

It is going to be a busy weekend, getting ready to leave for the winter, my son's birthday, and an all day photo shoot of the Migrant program - "A Day at College" that I'll be doing Monday.  I still plan on leaving Wednesday if everything gets done!

Until next time -

Sunday, October 4, 2015

2015 CNY Great Pumpkin Festival

Steve & Jeanne Marley's Winning 1543.5 Pound Pumpkin
I spent yesterday photographing the weigh-in for the Central New York Giant Pumpkin Festival.  While it got a late start due to scale problems, there were many entries, with the winning pumpkin a bit smaller than last years, but still over 3/4 of a ton.

I have many more photos & information about the festival as well as links to past festivals at my LakeshoreImages page.

Not much new with traveling.  I did have a recall repair done on the trailer frame, and am currently planning to head south in a couple of weeks.  I haven't made up my mind whether to just head to Florida, or make the 1000 miles longer journey to the Southwest.  I guess I should decide soon!

Until next time -

Friday, September 18, 2015

2015 Niagara Wine Escape

Site 85, Riverside Park Campground & Motel, Niagara Falls, Ontario, CA

Like last year, I got a head start & arrived at the Riverside Park Campground & Motel on Thursday. I took NY 104 all the way to Niagara Falls, NY, and crossed at Rainbow Falls. The procedure for crossing with an RV has changed since the last time I crossed here - you now pull up to a stop outside the main building, go inside with your passport, answer the usual questions, then go back to your vehicle & wait for them to bring back your passport. It only took a few minutes, and was shorter than waiting in line for the usual border check.  It might be more of a problem if a bus load of people were ahead of you...

Since I wasn't planning to attend this year (I was going to stay in the West after my trip to Alaska, but came stomach problems had me coming back to Oswego early - with a change in medication, I'm now doing much better) so with a late registration, I'm on the outskirts of the group in Site 85. A water & 30 amp electric site with a concrete pad for $36.63 per night with fairly slow WiFi. I'll try to see if my MiFi can pick up a Verizon tower across the river in the US.

I'll add photos and details each day of the rally.  Here is the link.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Alaska Trip Wrap Up

My Favorite of the Trip

Alright, I've put it off long enough, even made a short trip in between. The facts:

74 days, 10,987.5 towing miles with less than 100 non towing.

Campground costs totaled $2207.78, with an average cost of $30.66 per night, one of the highest totals I've had (although I didn't convert the Canadian $ to US $, so it is a bit higher than the actual cost.)

Fuel costs $2876.49, again without converting Canadian $. Average MPG was around 14.8, a little lower than my overall 15 MPG average based on 68,701.5 of towing the Escape 17B.

My favorite parts of the trip included the 4 days at Denali, and watching the bears feed at Hyder, both were the main reason for me going to Alaska.

As to photographs, I have a collection of favorites, but I have to admit I didn't have anything I'd consider as outstanding. Not sure why - Alaska is beautiful, with magnificent scenery, but I have far more memorable photos of the Southwest US. My favorite of the trip could have been taken anywhere.  In any case, I'll add a couple more here; the rest are at today's lakeshoreImages post.

Until the Next Trip -