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Sep 4, 2019 - Sylvan Beach and Canastota

Today we went to Verona and Sylvan Beaches to check them out. Sylvan Beach looks like an old tourist town which it is, has a big amusement park that is now closed for the season and beach areas for people to hang out. Also in Verona Beach there is a large park with camping spaces - no place good for us. The casino is close by with a nice RV park that books up early as I had contacted them when planning the trip and they were full. The newer canal links up Lake Oneida to the various rivers in the area and we saw a lighthouse that is a beacon...

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Sep 3, 2019 - Chittenango landing and Syracuse weigh station

We visited Chittenango landing that is the original location of a repair station on the canal. Original locks have been excavated and preserved and reproduction buildings are located at their actual locations. Boats would come off the canal here and go into dry locks for major repairs. There was a blacksmith shop and various other businesses here including a cannery that is in the process of restoration. It was very interesting to see the actual size of the locks. The original canal is preserved in some places - across from the Landing is a...

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Sep 1, 2019 - Oneida Mansion

This was a cold and rainy day - good one to visit the Oneida Mansion and learn about the Utopian community that was established here in 1848. John Humphrey Noves, the founder had some very strange ideas but started with a few families who migrated from Vermont to Oneida, NY and set up the community. The leader was charismatic and followers gave all possessions to the whole when they joined. They started with subsistence farming but when a man named Newhouse joined who had developed a superior animal trap things really took off. The colony...

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Aug 31, 2019 - Fort Stanwix ,Oriskany battlefield and cornfield massacre

We went through the Ogdensburg border crossing without incident. This is not as busy as 1000 islands and I'm glad we tried it out. We were able to buy diesel at the truck lane on the Canadian side at the Irving station - could not do that anywhere else in Ontario. So even though it cost more we were able to buy diesel conveniently. The drive to campground was a little off the beaten path but the dezl got us there and we are in a large spot and just about the only one we'd easily fit into. It's a brand new section in the campground and the...

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Jul 30, 2013 - Treasure Isle RV Park

Mostly sunny and near 80 with light wind. Hung out today and just darn well vegged...you would have thought that we were retired? Naw, not yet! This morning we had breakfast and a walk in the park! This afternoon we went out for some essentials and on our return decided that we needed some exercise after all that driving. So, up to the office we went and rented a paddled boat. Now that was a first for the both of us! I have to say that it was a riot! Pip (my Dad) would have loved that we had to peddle our you know what off to get no where...

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Jul 29, 2013 - Treasure Isle RV Park

Foggy and 58 this morning. Catch up day. We cleaned RV inside and out along with the truck. Traveling always does a number on everything. We also caught up on laundry and did some catching up on the journal. The journal took a GREAT deal of time as the internet did not want to cooperate at all...what a pain! We had a intermittent showers but for the most part it was mostly sunny. Temperature reached 78 degrees.

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Jun 19, 2013 - Erie Canal day

Back to Erie Canal Village this morning, but first a stop at Lock 22 on the way. Ever since we learned the Erie Canal song in elementary school, I've wondered about the Erie Canal and have been excited to actually see it in person! So, here we were, lock 22. Nothing extraordinary about a lock, except we don't have many in California (and I've not done the Panama Canal yet). Picturing how it works looking right at the lock was cool. Originally, if you look at a cross-section, the Canal was built 40 feet wide at the top, 10 at the bottom...

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Jun 18, 2013 - Fort Stanwix, Rome, NY

Thought we'd check out the Erie Canal historical village in Rome, NY, today, but they aren't open on Tuesday….we'll be back tomorrow. Instead, we went all the way into downtown Rome and toured Fort Stanwix, a key fort for Indians and settlers alike. It is in a high spot between two rivers where boats and goods always had to be carried from one river to the other. The local tribes called it "the Carrying Place." Had a good tour with some questions answered by period costumed docents. We are reluctant history tourists, but are learning quite...

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Jun 17, 2013 - Off to the next adventure!

A morning to be packed up and movin' on by 10AM, per the Rally rules. We were up earlier than anticipated because Mom and Dad found another water leak from rain that, again, pounded down on us overnight. This time, however, it was just a ceiling vent that had been left open. We did not anticipate rain or the amazing lightning and thunder show that started sometime in the middle of the night, but I woke up and enjoyed listening and watching for the light show. Wish I'd realized then that the vents were open! It was a short drive on the...

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Sep 2, 2011 - OTRA - NY - Blossvale

9/2/11 Oh, the truck is feeling so much better since he got 2 new batteries yesterday morning! Perked right up and was ready for the next leg of our journey...to Blossvale, New York where we’ll stay while visiting Betsy and Will at their camp. The drive was easy along I-90, then SR 13 and finally SR 49…a grand total of 60 miles and 1:10 driving time. We’re staying at the Mayfair Campground, an absolutely lovely campground with HUGE level sites and right on Fish Creek. After we got set up, off we went, backtracking our steps about 10 miles...

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