2017 Trip 10: the non-summer, summer weekend

Trip 10: Sharbot Lake PP

The weather all week has been fabulous, and the forecast is calling for more of the same, with temps in the high eighties. This is unseasonably warm for late September, but with the wet and somewhat unusual weather over the summer, a little warmth is certainly welcome.

We were on our favourite site at Sharbot Lake, right down by the water, and it is just a dandy. We were soon set up and enjoying a beverage by the water. I would have to say, it might well be one of the nicest evenings we have had this summer. We sat out until the stars appeared, then sat out longer.

Earlier in the summer we were contacted through the blog by a couple in Belleville. I talked to Rob on the phone at that time, and they were actively researching the Alto. Rob touched base again last week, and as we were camping a relatively short drive away, we arranged for them to drop by Saturday morning. Sure enough, Rob and his wife Sherry arrived bright and early. We sat outside and chatted about all sorts...travels, camping, work, and of course, the Alto. They have pretty much narrowed it down to the 1713, the windows once again proving to be a huge attraction. We talked about the variety of options available, and looked over the Alto closely. They have an appointment next week at the factory, to see the production line and no doubt, talk options.

It got very warm in the afternoon, so we went for a refreshing swim. The water was very nice, and we floated around for the longest time, chatting with everyone who paddled by. We went for our own paddle later in the day, the lake being just the right size for a nice easy loop. Lots of people on the water, taking advantage of an end of season bonus.

A nice G&T set us up for dinner, then we fired up the Q and cooked up some burgs.

A couple that were tenting next to us came by to ask about the camper. He is very close to retirement, and they have the same ideas of hitching up and exploring for extended periods of time. We had a nice visit, and they were quite interested in the Alto.  They have been looking at small Airstreams, but were concerned with the weight and the tow vehicle requirements. We then settled in our chairs by the lake and enjoyed another wonderful evening, gazing at the stars for the longest time.

Ah yes...the reflection shot

Barley was clearly tuckered out from the days activities, and he slept soundly all night, which means I did as well. Another fine day shaping up, and coffee was made overlooking a lake as flat as a pane of glass. Dale finally stirred from her slumber, and joined Barley and I outside. We sat and soaked in the whole morning.

these guys are just so damn cute!

cobbled together lunch

Yet another couple wandered over to ask about the Alto. Their first question was how many it could sleep, as they soon said they had three boys around the age of ten. They peaked inside and soon realized it would be a bit of a squeeze, at least until they could be relegated to a tent. We had a nice visit, then we were back to seriously taking it easy.

We started to square away the site, then headed into the water for another good float. Lots of people on the water again, and the day was stellar. Spent the better part of the day hanging out before we finally pulled up stakes and hit the road. What an absolute bonus this weekend was!

2017 Trip 9: the boys weekend...redux

Trip 9: Bonnechere PP

It's that time again...the boys weekend. Although it does coincide with Dale's girls weekend, Barley and I have come to think of it as our little get-away. If you are going to be hanging out, why not snag a favourite site in the park. One advantage of post Labour Day camping is that it is much easier to  get sites, as the demand really drops off.

his constant state

2017 Trip 8: chillin' in the Adirondacks

Trip 8: Rollins Pond

Another extra long weekend, and another trip to a favourite, Rollins Pond. Headed out Wed after work, and our first stop was the Ogdensburg Walmart. It makes so much sense in so many ways. Gives us a head start on the travel, loading up on supplies there, and at the grocery store across the street. There is generally a trip to the UPS store as well, to pick up some online ordered goodies.

The parking lot was busy with a couple of semi's, a class B, and a big DuPont transport with some sort of chemical hauling trailer. We had a quick chat with the guy driving the rig, and he inquired whether it was a safe spot to stop. We told him our experiences, and he thanked us for the info. Soon afterwards he was joined by two other identical haulers, and it was the three of them and little ole us, all side by side.

By the time we rose in the morning, they were gone. We must have been deep into la la land, as we did not hear those three big Peterbilts start up and pull away. Coffee was made and then we headed out as well. Groceries were gotten, parcels picked up, and we were off. Very overcast Thursday, but no rain. After our usual stops in the town of Tupper Lake, one an 'old school' hardware store, we got to our site around 1:00pm.

Our site sucks...but we knew that going in. Once again last fall we got totally discombobulated by the longer NY State reservation window, and this site was all we could grab. It is one of those run off sites, where all the rain water flows through to get to the lake. We ended up closer to the road, trading off some partial sun which would have benefited our solar panels, for the only bit of level ground on the site.