New England trip with Basswood: Part 1

Basswood hasn't written much lately, so I am going to write a few posts about a trip we took to New England.

A year ago last fall, Basswood and I went on a road trip to Maine. He spent the month before the trip mapping out the route we were going to take. He came up with a general idea of the areas we would stay each night. (I did insist that we had a specific place to stay the first night, he came up with a state park 20 miles north of Niagara Falls.)   (We planned on spending as little as possible on this trip.)

I got off a stretch of night shifts, came home and slept for about 5 hours while he packed the minivan and finished getting things ready for our trip. We left at 5:23 pm and drove all night arriving at Niagara Falls the next afternoon. We parked, for free, at a little roadside park about a mile from the falls and walked in. (They wanted to charge like, $10 to park at the falls.) We walked around for a while and Basswood took a bunch of pictures.

Niagara falls
Niagara falls
Niagara falls
Niagara falls
Niagara falls
Niagara falls

After the falls we drove up to the state park we had planned on staying at. It was October, a little late for the average tent campers, so we did not see any other tents pitched in the park that night.

Camping at a campsite in a New York Sate Park
Camping at a campsite in a New York Sate Park

The next morning we found the bath house and got a hot shower before heading on our way. We traveled all day, stopping briefly at Wilson Tuscarora State Park, "a well-preserved natural area for many varieties of plants and wildlife, encompassing 476.5 acres of mature woods, open meadows and marshland."

Wilson Tuscarora State Park
Wilson Tuscarora State Park

This State Park, Wilson Tuscarora State Park,  on the southern shore of Lake Ontario, was free to get into. It had these cool rocks on the beach, with fossils in them.

Fossils in Rock
Fossils in Rock
Rock with Fossils in them
Rocks with Fossils in them

About 45 minutes before dark we started looking for a place to set up camp for the night, and we weren’t having any luck. But, just before dark we saw a roadside park by a trout stream. The signs in the wayside area said, “No Trout Fishing.” They didn’t say anything about not camping… Since it was still light we set up our camp stove and fixed supper. Then just before it was too dark to see we set up our tent. When the sun started to come up the next morning, we took down our tent, put it away in the van, and made pancakes with our camp stove.  We took a little time to walk around on the rocks in the trout stream before continuing with our road trip.

Trout stream by camp.
Trout stream
Camping at wayside park
Camping at wayside park
Picnic table
Picnic table at wayside park.

To be continued...

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