In October, Chris and I did something we hadn’t done in seven years — took a vacation just the two of us! After running in the LLBean 4th of July 10K, we decided it would be fun to run a race in another state and make a camping trip out of it. Chris suggested the Shenandoah area and we discovered the Shenandoah Leaf Peeper 10K in Front Royal, Virginia.
We looked into camping at Shenandoah National Park, however there were no hookups and it was a further drive to Front Royal on Sunday for our race. We choose to camp at Shenandoah River State Park as it had water and electric hookups and was a fifteen minute drive to Front Royal.
The one place we’ve been to every year since we started camping is Lake George. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stays at Adirondack Camping Village (here and here), however they close for the season after Labor Day and our trip was planned for late September. So we were forced to pick another campground in the Lake George area. I figured if we couldn’t stay at our favorite spot outside of the village, I wanted to stay somewhere closer to the village . We weren’t sure we would fit at Lake George Battleground Campground so we settled on King Phillips Campground.
In late August, we packed up the camper and headed north to Niagara Falls. We left on Friday evening and stayed at Arrowhead Marina and RV Park in Schenectady, New York. It broke up the trip — which is helpful with kids — and let us get to our final destination a little earlier the next day. We got there around 6 P.M., set up, ate dinner, and checked out the campground a little bit. Our site was not ideal but it was fine for our short stay. Our fire pit was on the opposite side of where it should be. You can see how close the RVs are to each other in the background of some of the pictures. Our neighbor’s electric hookup is right next to our picnic table.
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 got back from Maine on Sunday night. Wynn & Judy returned home from their camping trip on Thursday night and we were off on our first family adventure in the new camper on Saturday morning.
This trip was originally supposed to be for Chris, Carter, and Judy to go on, but since Judy just got back from a trip and we were all eager to use the new camper, we made it a family trip instead. Originally, they were scheduled to camp at Wilmington Notch Campground, but the new camper was too long to stay there, so we booked a site at Cranberry Lake Campground in Clifton, New York instead.
On Monday morning, we checked out of Schoodic Woods Campground and headed over to Seawall Campground in Southwest Harbor on Mount Desert Island for our last night in Acadia National Park. The perk of Seawall Campground is that it is a quick drive to a lot of the desirable attractions in Acadia. Unlike Schoodic Woods Campground though, Seawall Campground has no hookups for electricity or water.
On Sunday, Chris and Carter hiked around Jordan Pond to South Bubble Mountain where they found Bubble Rock! Bubble Rock is a huge boulder that was moved to this cliff edge by ancient glaciers. They hiked up to the summit of South Bubble which led to picturesque views of Jordan Pond.
Saturday was Bar Harbor Day! We took the ferry from Winter Harbor over to Bar Harbor. We had planned to take the Bar Harbor Ferry, but we got there early and the Schoodic Ferry was still there, so we climbed aboard. It turned out to be a really cool ferry ride. We were the only passengers and the staff was super friendly. This ferry’s staff consisted of scientists who were researching for the College of the Atlantic. I can’t remember what in particular they were studying, but they were fascinating to talk to and the boys learned all sorts of fun stuff. They also had tons of wildlife books that the boys enjoyed looking at. While on the ferry, we were fortunate to see two bald eagles and a bunch of Harbor porpoises. Read More »