LOCATION: Near Cooperstown, New York – south central part of state
WEATHER: Very very nice. Highs in 70s. Cool at night
CAMPGROUND: Glimmerglass State Park. Woodsy and sites are not too close together. Electricity (30 amp) on site. Central water and dumping station. Pretty nice bathrooms. Picnic table, fire ring, and grill at each site. $32 for non-NY residents. 4 out of 5 stars
It was quite cool during the night last night, so we slept well at the brewery Harvest Host site without air-conditioning. Our battery did very well so we can probably go 2-3 nights without electricity.
Since there was nothing to do in the brewery parking lot this morning, we got an early start north. We started by taking the backroads through little towns and farmland. We were averaging about 35 mph, and realized that at this pace, it would take hours and hours to get to NY. So, I changed the GPS to allow highways, plugged in our destination, and we ended up, of course, on the Interstate. It was just horrible – no scenery at all, lots and lots of semi-trucks boxing us in, and cars/trucks merging all the time. So, after we skirted Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, PA, I changed the GPS back to non-highway mode. Much better. Since it was such easy driving, George asked me to drive. Immediately, as always, things went downhill fast. Very narrow roads with no shoulder, the winds picked up, and lots of road construction. I managed to knock down only one traffic cone as I weaved through the machinery resurfacing the road.
Someone had suggested this state park to us, as one of New York’s prettiest. I have to admit that I was intrigued by its name. It is quite nice. It is near cute, cute Cooperstown, which we passed through – full of Little Leaguers and their families going to the Baseball Hall of Fame and playing baseball. The lake is the “glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. (I need to re-read that book).
The park is also the home of the oldest existing covered bridge in the USA>
We went down to the lake for a refreshing swim. Quite nice.
This is the first time on this trip that we really feel like we are summer camping. The park is fairly small -39 sites, and every one of them is filled. Since the weather is just perfect, there are lots of people out cooking dinner over fires and sitting around fire rings. Fellow campers stopping by to chat. This is what we like about camping. Mostly small rigs and tents, so people are out and about, rather than huddling in their huge motorhomes.
DINNER: Leftover meatloaf cooked over the fire with added mushrooms, onions, and chipotle peppers. Sides of salad and couscous.