Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The 2019 Niagara Wine Escape Rally, Wednesday

Our View of the Falls While Waiting at the Border Crossing
After a two year break (in 2017 I picked up my Escape 21 in August & last year we went to the Boler 50th), I'm back at the Niagara Wine Escape. This it the rally that convinced me I wanted an Escape 17B. While I had seen one before, in 2010 I visited with people using the trailer and talked with many owners.

As on the past occasion, friends Don & Anne lead the way pulling their Scamp 16. A fairly uneventful trip along NY 104 to Niagara Falls, although the Garmin messed us up as we entered the city. Eventually, we had to ignore it to get to the Rainbow Bridge. The Canada border station was interesting. The sent buses & RVs to a separate area, we stopped at the stop sign, and waited. Nothing happened. Finally, after 15 minutes Anne went in and let them know a bunch of RVs were outside waiting. After someone came out the process went quickly & we were on our way. Well, all but the guy with a large 5th wheel. Seems he took the shrouds & most of two air conditioners off the top of the trailer on a bridge. While he said it happened at the border crossing, there was at least foot of space above him. There are some low bridges on the parkway leading into Niagara Falls, and I bet that is where it happened. In any case, he headed back to NY.

We got separated on the way to the campground, but both arrived around 2:15. We are in sites 23 & 24, full hookup sites for $35.62 per night (US). After setting up we sat around cooling off, then, with Alf & Mary Anne, the organizers of the rally, their daughter, and a couple more friends, headed to Betty's for dinner. I had a delicious grilled halibut dinner for under $20.00 US with tip.

As usual. I started a page of photos at the rally. We are early - it is Wednesday, and the rally doesn't really start until the weekend.

I'll add more each day.

I'll add more photos as more arrive.

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