A Look Back: Glimmerglass 2017

In August, we headed up to Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown, New York. Glimmerglass State Park overlooks the northern tip of Ostego Lake, which is the “Glimmerglass” of James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales. It is a fairly small camping facility with only 37 sites.

We left for Glimmerglass on Friday after Chris got out of work, so we didn’t get there until 7ish. We set up the camper and explored the park a little bit — Carter was very excited there was a basketball hoop — before calling it a night.

We hung around the campsite on Saturday morning. The loop we were on had a large grassy area behind us along with a swing set, which the boys loved. The twins played on the swings while Chris and Carter played catch.

After lunch, we headed to the beach. The boys swam a little, but they spent most of their time playing in the sand! There was a really nice playground right by the beach which we played on for a bit before heading back to the camper.

Ben and Jack have had balance bikes since they were two years old and we figured they were ready to learn how to ride a big boy bicycle this summer. We brought Carter’s old bicycle with us for the twins to take turns learning on. They picked it up pretty fast!

On Sunday, we were off to check out Hyde Hall, a neoclassical mansion which was the largest private home in the United States when it was completed in 1834. But the boys were not being happy campers and complained about walking too far, so we scratched that plan and headed back to the campsite for lunch. I managed to take a few picture of this beach area before we left.

After lunch, we decided to try another adventure. We went to check out the Hyde Hall Covered Bridge, which is a 53 foot long structure that was built in 1825 as part of the construction of Hyde Hall. We were able to watch a paddle boat and some kayaks pass through while we were there. The boys were better behaved on this outing.

We headed into Cooperstown later that day. We walked around town, in and out of all the  tourist shops. We bought the boys Cooperstown tee-shirts and a wiffle ball set. We let Carter do a radar pitching target at one of the shops and he did pretty well. We decided the boys were probably a little too young to go in to the Baseball Hall of Fame and instead opted for a picture in front of it for photographic evidence. We got some ice cream at Doubleday Dip and watched a ball game at Doubleday Field.

On Monday, we hung out around the campground. We played cornhole, wiffle ball, kinetic sand and play doh.

Later in the day, we went back to the playground and then headed over to the basketball court where the twins took turns riding the bicycle while Chris and Carter played basketball.

On Tuesday morning, the boys played around the campsite while Chris and I packed up the camper. We checked out and headed to the beach where we had a picnic lunch before heading home.

We really enjoyed our stay at Glimmerglass State Park. The campsite was nice, the grassy area behind it was great for playing, and the loops were small enough to let the boys ride their bikes around by themselves. The lake and beach area were so beautiful. The playground was awesome and it had a basketball court which is always a plus for the boys. We will definitely stay at Glimmerglass again someday!

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