Adirondack Gateway CG was very quiet last night and nice and cool (60) for sleeping. I was the first one up, as usual and watched as the CG woke up. Bonnie left a window open and so it was 60 inside the coach also. The owners came around and stopped and cleaned the bathroom. Then one of the neighbors turned their truck around. Are other neighbors took their Brittany Spaniel for a walk and then left in their car. That’s about it, nice and quiet. I moved the antenna around some on the Wilson booster but no luck on getting 3G just 1X and no data. We are on the edge of Verizon coverage and the Adirondack State Park borders us. We will go up to the lounge later to check email etc. Texts seem to come in but take a while to go out. Not sure what is on the agenda for today as Bonnie just got up. We will test the new AquaHot for showers this morning.
Plenty of hot water and all worked as designed. After our showers we decided to head out. We stopped up by the office and checked our email and blogs. We also had a nice visit with Ann. Her and her husband Glen own the campground. Then we decided to head to Utica. Glen had told us about a good Greek restaurant and we were going to try it for lunch.
Our lunches were good but not exactly what we were expecting. After lunch we went over to the Utica Club Brewery, which also makes the Saranac soft drinks, expecting to take a tour. Nope only on Fridays and Saturdays since labor day. So we looked around the store and picked out some soft drinks to try.
|A couple of the flavors|
Since there was no tour we decided to head to Herkimer and the Famous Diamond Mine.
|You can see the mine in the distance|
Once we got there Bonnie decided to go in and do a little mining. She had about 2 hours before they closed. I found a swing in the shade and was able to connect to the KOA wifi and even though it was slow I was able to occupy myself reading forums. Bonnie found a few crystals and a nice quartz crystal. We had a couple cold drinks and headed back to the rig. If was after 5 and Bonnie started to work on supper. Buffalo Chicken Wing dip.
|Working on supper|
The dip was excellent and hit the spot. I am off to the rec room to upload the blog for today and watch Glen return from his evening flight in his ultra light.
The forecast was for a cooler night but I think it stayed warmer. We slept with the windows open in the back. It was quiet again all night and still quiet in the morning when I got up. Today we move up to Colchester, VT near Burlington. I started reading Nick Russell’s new book “Big Lake Scandal” yesterday and since we have no internet, after my Cheerios, I will read some more until Bonnie gets up.
Well Bonnie got up and before you know it we were ready to pull out. So just before 11 we pulled out and headed for Colchester, VT close to Burlington. Bonnie took the first shift and drove a lot of the nasty twisty, hilly two lane roads. Route 8 through the Adirondack Park is in horrible condition. Most of these picture were taken through the windshield of side windows.
|We finally got past the log truck|
We did see some nice scenery and all in all we enjoyed the ride.
|Lots of beautiful streams|
|Mountain views in the distance|
|Getting close to leaving NY|
We went past Fort Ticonderoga, next time we will plan time to stop.
|The bridge to leave NY|
|A light house off to the side|
|Just crossing the state line|
|We made it to Vermont|
We had to drive past Shelburne in heavy after school traffic, then the bypass around Burlington and finally into Colchester. Lone Pine Campsites is a nice campground and while there are a lot of seasonal units here there are also a lot of short timers like us. The sites are a good size and lots of room to back in and pull out. We unhooked in front of our site and backed right in. We hooked up and opened the windows as there was a nice breeze. The breeze went away and the AC units came on. Bonnie fixed supper and then we went over and played campground BINGO. Bonnie won a game. It only lasted about an hour but with the humidity that was long enough.
We are using our phone hotspot here as it is working well. The CG has a vendor that supplies WIFI but it is $20 for 3 days so we will try to use our limited hotspot and monitor how much we use. We had a good day and hope to see a lot of the sites in the area. Thats about it for today.
Well it stayed hot and humid last night so we ran the AC units to keep comfy. The weather is to change and become much cooler. This was the first we had to run AC or heat on the trip. Its overcast today and is to rain so we decided to take the Trolley tour of South Burlington at 2pm this afternoon.
We left the campground after 11 and headed for downtown Burlington. Burlington is a college town, there are several here. Lots of young kids on the streets and wow lots of traffic.
|Not sure what this character was up to|
|We had 10-15 minutes tops|
|Lots of vendors|
|Lots of friends|
|I had Vermont meat loaf|
|Ready to go we just need a conductor|
|Louise was our conductor|
|You can barely see an island out in the lake|
|Maybe a bicycle crank|
It was still raining and we decided to head down to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream for a tour and tasting. But first a quick stop at at the Barge Canal Market for Bonnie.
|To add to her collection|
|We made it|
|Free samples in this room|
Today was a totally sunny beautiful day. We slept in a little latter than usual but Bonnie got up soon after I did which is not the usual. We watched a church sermon on TV and then talked about going to Shelburne Farm for the day which is what we decided to do.
|Beautiful views even on the highway|
We signed up for the tour but we had time to go out to the Farm Barn and get a quick lunch. So we boarded the shuttle.
|Shuttle to the Farm Barn|
|This is the Farm Barn|
|This is were we got lunch|
|Ready for Lunch|
|Returning from the bakery|
|Ready to be pressed|
|Sharon our Tour Guide|
|Huge Poplar trees lined the road|
|We passed the barn again (one of 3 Wings)|
|Thats NY and the Adirondacks across the lake|
|Beautiful clear water|
|These were the stables for the horses of guests that were visiting the family|
|One of the hay fields and a little bit of art from one of the summer interns|
|This is out back|
|Our current site.|
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