Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Brown County State Park, Nashville, IN - 2015

October 16-18, 2015

We kept the camper on the truck and hoped to see beautiful colors in southern Indiana. The leaves were changing, but the colors weren't as nice as Vermont and New York, especially in the higher elevations.

Abe Martin Lodge


                                            Susan and Sarah by
                                            the warm fire, with
                                            temperatures in 40's
 Winding drive through the park

Fire Tower

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Vermont - New York - Canada, October 2015 - Part 5

October 10, 2015

We left Cooperstown around 7 a.m. and had sunny weather on our drive to Niagara Falls, Ontario.  Beautiful colors and a drive through the hills of New York.  We crossed the Rainbow Bridge into Canada and this time had no problems with the border crossing.  I will say this the Canadians seem to careless about back-ups at the border crossing.  We waited for nearly 40 minutes and then they opened a few more lanes.

Niagara Falls, Ontario skyline

We check into our campground, walked the dog and took the bus down to the falls.

Horseshoe Falls

American Falls & Horseshoe Falls

American Falls

Rainbows were present the entire time we were at the falls

We stopped at Margaritaville for dinner and drinks before catching the bus back to the campground.

We were up early and hit the road promptly at 7 a.m.  We took the 401 back through Windsor, Ontario.  This time the problem was at the US Border.  There was a back-up and this women in a safety vest kept directing me to the right, and then she started running toward us and told us to go to the truck lane.  The US Border Agent was pissed because we were in the commercial truck lane.  He couldn't care less that we sent that way and he made things a little testy.  He finally let us go and we figured we saved 30 minutes.  It was a 9-1/2 hour drive home and we got back to Carmel at 4:30 p.m.  This was a great trip, ten nights in the camper, with 7 relying on solar and batteries.  Drove approximately 2250 miles round trip.

Vermont - New York - Canada, October 2015 - Part 4

October 9, 2015

All good things come to an end.  We had 6 wonderful nights camping in 3 different Vermont State Parks.  The hurricane weather stayed away.  We didn't get the full sun most of the time, which makes a big difference taking photos of the changing leaves.  However, it was dry, except for 2 brief one minute sprinkles on Wednesday night as we were sitting at the picnic table.  It was gone quickly.  We awoke to heavy rain around 4:30 a.m. this morning.  It was a good thing that we had everything packed in the cargo carrier and all that was left was to walk the dog and lower the roof.  Both of us had our complete rain suits with us so we were dry.  It rained the entire drive from Vermont to Cooperstown, NY.  We took all types of back roads through Vermont into New York on our way to Cooperstown.  It would have been a spectacular drive if it was sunny.  We arrived in Cooperstown around noon and checked in at our campground, located our site and headed for downtown.

Shady Brook Campground

We had lunch at Doubleday's Cafe with a couple of beers before going to the Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame was my #1 Bucket List to do. 

 National Baseball Hall Of Fame

Doubleday Field

Tinker to Evans to Chance

I grew up a Cub fan and watch as many Cub games as I can.  Maybe this will be their year to reach the World Series.  We lost 2 great former players this year, Ernie Banks and Yogi Berra

Dave Winfield went to the University of Minnesota where he was an All-American basketball player and baseball player (Pitcher/Fielder).  He was the MVP of the 1973 College World Series, Minnesota blew a 9 run lead and lost to Arizona State for the National Title.  Winfield was drafted by the San Diego Padres, ABA, NBA, and NFL.  San Diego played him in the field and obviously there is a reason he is in the Hall of Fame.  Back in 1973 Dave Winfield flew from the NIT in New York to Texas to meet the baseball team and he pitched.  I was 0-2 against him.  These were their first games out of the chute and we had played maybe 15 games.  They swept us and finished 2nd in the country.

We finished and went back to the camper to take Sarah for a walk.  We went to Cooley's Stonehouse Tavern for some beers and an early dinner.  Great Wings and beer from Brewery Omme Gang.

To be continued in Part 5