Sunday, June 6, 2010

On the Road Again

We ended our five week stay with an old tradition of watching both the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 with Tom & Georgie. It was a great but long day and we could not hang to the end only making about 1000 miles. So after a wonderful five weeks in WashPA visiting family and friends we are on the road again. We left early Memorial Day morning with the plan of staying in a Walmart. As we got near our expected destination we decided it was way to hot and humid and if we dry camped we would have to run the generator all night so we could have AC. We ended up paying and staying at the Lickdale Campground in Jonestown, PA. It was a nice place but we did not drink the kool aid.

We wanted to collect some new states for our map and "our rule" is we have to spend a night, so the next day we stayed at the Cedar Ridge Campground in Montague, NJ. It was a short drive which gave us a good part of the day to explore the area including the Delaware River Gap National Recreation Area. This is one of those places that made us wish we had kayaks. There are many places to launch a boat and a float trip would be a great way to get up close with the land and water along a stretch of river with very few houses. We did a short hike in the park to see two waterfalls. We also went to Grey Towers in Milford. It is the family home of Gifford Pinchot, a former Pennsylvania governor and head of the US Forest Service. We got to tour the grounds but were too late to tour the house. Once again this is an excuse to return.

On day three we traveled in six states, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, which is something we have never done in the motorhome. The drive was only 235 miles so it was not really a big deal but driving that distance out West rarely gets you into two states so we thought it was pretty cool. We stayed one night at Hidden Acres Camping in Dummerston, VT and were able to add another state. We plan on getting MA, CT and RI on the return trip. At Hidden Acres we spent the evening with our RV neighbors, Jim & Gina Portesi, who have only been fulltiming a short while in their new to them Dutch Star. We had a great evening sharing stories of our adventures.

On day four we drove to Pine Knoll Campground in Albany, NH, another new state, where we are staying for three days to explore the White Mountains. We will be cover that in our next blog.
The Delaware River at the Gap. It looks very inviting. We crossed several big rivers (Monongahela, Youghiogheny, Susquehanna, Delaware, Hudson & Connecticut) the last four days. They are all bigger than most of the western waterways we have seen.
A small forest lined stream in the Gap.
Silverthread Falls is the second highest in Pennsylvania. The rock looks like it was carved by people not mother nature.
Dingmans Falls is a beautiful cascade of water.
A interesting toad who was not interested in us.
Pinchot's Grey Towers is administered by the Forest Service rather than the Park Service.
Some of the garden at Grey Towers

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