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Relaxing and Recharging in Cross Roads PA

Relaxing and Recharging in Cross Roads PA

To paraphrase the mathematician and author John Allen Paulos, “Uncertainty is the only certainty there is…” We’re just about ready to return to the open road, after an unplanned extended stay in my hometown. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of my parents, we once again rolled Cecil into their driveway and set up home for a few weeks longer than intended, due to some needed temporary medical treatment. Shortly after arriving here for our planned visit, I was diagnosed…

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Back to PA – Locust Lake State Park

Back to PA – Locust Lake State Park

After wrapping up our tour through Vermont, we steered the RV west back into New York for a brief stop at Love Apple Farm before venturing onward to Locust Lake State Park in Pennsylvania. Love Apple Farm features pick-your-own fruit from the expansive orchard of apple, peach, plum, and cherry trees, as well as a large farm market with local produce, meats, cheeses, and freshly baked goods. After a delicious lunch at the cafe, we stocked up on fresh fruits…

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Stowe VT and Emerald Lake State Park

Stowe VT and Emerald Lake State Park

Driving the RV, as opposed to either of our former small to average-sized cars, has been a bit of an adjustment but not as drastic a change as I originally anticipated. As soon as you get used to the physical size and increased stopping distance, you’re pretty much good to go – paying constant attention, of course, to other drivers and pedestrians. We’ve only encountered one overpass (so far) on a back country road that was too short for the…

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Whetstone Gulf State Park – Lowville NY

Whetstone Gulf State Park – Lowville NY

Located along a three-mile long gorge, Whetstone Gulf State Park features a small campground with 62 sites (24 of which are electric). The sites are all very spacious and mostly wooded, with two picnic tables per site as well as a stone campfire pit. The campground offers flush toilets and hot showers, a single washer/dryer room ($1 per wash/$2 per dry), a designated swimming area and beach, and easy access to a few hiking trails including a five-mile loop around…

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Along the Shores of Seneca Lake

Along the Shores of Seneca Lake

As we talked with more and more people about our travel plan to drive through the Finger Lakes, nearly everyone who had visited the area told us not to miss Watkins Glen. We weren’t originally planning to stop in the Glen because our planned route took us around rather than through the southern end of Seneca Lake. Earlier in the summer we booked five nights at Sampson State Park, which is roughly 25 miles north of Watkins Glen. Because we…

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First Taste of the Finger Lakes

First Taste of the Finger Lakes

Driving into the Finger Lakes region for the first time was an oddly familiar experience for two people raised in and around Pennsylvania farm towns. If not for the road signs proving that we were indeed in the state of New York, the area could easily be mistaken for Cross Roads, Fawn Grove, Sidman, or any other area with a strong farming backbone. That is, until you see the first winery, followed quickly by a second, then a third, maybe…

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Portage, Raystown, and Beyond

Portage, Raystown, and Beyond

Boaters on Raystown Lake speak of a legend with the nickname “Raystown”, a man seemingly capable of repairing anything with an engine. The legend stems from his ability on the water and the origin of his houseboat, a vessel he acquired and then completely overhauled and repaired to once again make it lakeworthy (you can read the whole story here). On one weekend in July, we were lucky enough to spend a couple of days on the lake with the…

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Of Thunder and Floods – Johnstown PA

Of Thunder and Floods – Johnstown PA

Nestled in a deep valley at the confluence of the Little Conemaugh and Stonycreek River, Johnstown PA stands as a testament to the tenacity and resilience of early settlers and the American industrial complex.  Settled in 1770 by German immigrants, Johnstown was originally named “Schantzstadt” in 1800 but the name quickly became anglicized to the modern version.  Over the first half of the 19th century, the city grew into a thriving port and transfer point along the Pennsylvania Main Line…

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Exploring Bedford and Cambria Counties

Exploring Bedford and Cambria Counties

Thanks for joining us today – we’d like to start by inviting you along for a virtual stroll down the winding country lane into the small town of Sidman PA.  Don’t worry about packing a snack, we’ll have a couple of treats along the way.  Just stay on the left side of the road and be careful around the corners.  Ready to go?  Our first stop will be a short hiking trail along Laurel Run on the east side of…

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Blue Knob State Park

Blue Knob State Park

Probably best known as a skiing destination, Blue Knob State Park is home to the second tallest mountain in Pennsylvania.  While the elevation of 3,146 feet pales in comparison to the mountain ranges in the west of the country, the trip into the park was an adequate warm-up for Cecil’s first drive into the “mountains”. Ashley grew up close to Blue Knob and spent many snowy days on the slopes learning to ski and snowboard as a wee youngster.  She…

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