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Friday, July 12, 2013

Troubles–Troubles–Troubles

ahhh. . .well I know it must seem that our life is just a bed of RV’ing roses. . .ha ha. . .t’aint so!

sometimes you just have one of THOSE days. . .or as you will see. . .one of THOSE weeks. . .

it happens. . .you either learn to go with the flow, or ya drive yourself crazy. . .

it’s easier to just go with the flow, and move on to the next thing. . .

that’s just the way it works sometimes!

New York State, Scenic Views

Friday morning we left Fourmile Creek State Park in Niagara Falls. . .

for a somewhat short, three hour trip to Parish New York. . .

enjoying the New York State scenery as we went. . .

 

Now being RPI (Resort Parks International) members

as a part of our Thousand Trails package,

we are able to stay at participating parks across the country for $10 per night. . .

the RV Park in Parish NY was one of those parks. . .

which was going to work out just perfect. . .right?

WRONG! 

A few things were very wrong about this whole plan. .

New York, RV Park, RV Park Reviews

first off, see all these great gravel pads. . .

I guess ‘cause we were getting the great rate

we didn’t deserve to be parked on one of them. . .

so we’re parked on a grass pad at the end. . .

all righty then. . .no problem. . .

plus. . .we arrived thirty minutes before check in. . .oops. . .

the girl at the gate was a real snot about it. . .

I guess they’re sticklers for the rules. . .no problem. . .

their park. . .their decision. . .and truly. . .

it wasn’t so much the waiting to check in

as it was the attitude that went along with it. . .

oh well. . .water under the bridge. . .

 

With all that said, it ended up being a pretty great little RV “Resort”. . .

the Café had a Prime Rib Dinner for $12.95 that was just great. . .

and all the rest of the folks we came into contact with were just as nice as could be. . .

so I would say. . .if you are in the area anyway. . .

Bass Lake Resort in Parish NY would be a fine place to stay. . .

would it be worth driving out of the way for?  no. . .and whatever you do. . .

do NOT arrive before 2 o’clock. . .PM. . .

Map Prince Edward 

guess what the second part of the problem was. . .

bad planning. . .that’s what!

See Prince Edward on the map. . .well. . .let me tell you. . .

Prince Edward in Lake Ontario

and Prince Edward Island are not EVEN the same thing. . .DUH!

one of those major brain malfunctions where ya just say. . .

what was I thinking? ? ? ?

New York State, Scenic Views (1)

oh well. . .more beautiful New York State scenery. . .

and on to Frosty Acres Campground just out of Schenectady New York. . . 

we decided since it was going to be a really short driving day. . .only about two hours. . .

we would just take the State Highways. . .and not get back on Interstate 95. . .

we checked it out in the Trucker’s Atlas. . .it was all good trucker roads. . .so off we go.

 

Now the problem is. . .sometimes the lady on our GPS just decides

that we should take tours of little downtown areas. . .

so when instructed  to take a perfectly plausible turn we did. . .

not good. . .we came up over a little rise. . .

and right there at the bottom is one of those

fabulous little stone bridges that this part of the country is so fabulous for

. . .with a 9 1/2 foot clearance. . .

Dave just slams on the brakes. . .

well I don’t mean literally slamming on the brakes. . .

he had plenty of room to get stopped. . .

but he just stopped dead right in the middle of the road. . .traffic and all. . .

 

NOW WHAT? are we going to do. . .

it ends up that the 9 1/2 foot clearance is at the sides of the bridge,

and that the center was actually plenty tall for us to drive through

if we get right out in the big middle of both lanes. . .

so that’s what we did. . .

otherwise, we  would have unhooked the toad,

and backed around to a driveway nearby. . .

 

Goodness. . .GUESS WHAT? 

We got ourselves back on the Interstate and took ourselves to Schenectady. . .

enough of that foolishness. . .right?

 

On to the next trauma/drama of the day (week). . .

get to the RV Park. . .get all set up. . .

fabulous full service spot. . .overlooking a little private lake. . .only 30 amp. . .

but hey that’s not a problem. . .

just excited to have full service. . .especially sewer hookups. . .

 

Yeah. . .not so fast. . .the voltage kept dropping below norm. . .

so with nothing running. . .no a/c’s on. . .

just the induction burner plugged in to fix supper. . .

the EMS (Emergency Management System)

started shutting us down. . .then it would come right back on. . .

and then shut down. . .ugh!

 

These were the nicest people ever who owned this park. . .

he came over right away to see what he could do. . .

when we told him the EMS was shutting us down. . .

he said. . .oh, we just HATE those things. . .

yeah. . .I’ll bet they do. ..

but he was so kind, and moved us right over to a 50 amp spot. . .GREAT!

 

NOPE. . .same thing. . .

so we spent the night with the windows open and just a fan running. . .

we were scheduled to be there five nights. . .

ended up getting a refund, and pulling out the next morning. . .

 

At that point we decided we had had enough

of New York State for the time being. . .

and since we could get into our

Thousand Trails Park in Wells Maine right away,

we just cancelled our reservations for Albany,

and made tracks for Maine. . .

 

We’ll circle back on our way home next month, and catch Albany. . .

I still need to get that New York State House picture for my State Capitols Collection. . .

 

Maine is beautiful. . .we are loving it. . .lots more to tell you,

‘til next time,

Janice and Dave

 

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