Our final stop in The Empire State was in western New York about 45 miles east of Buffalo, 30 miles west of Rochester, and (15 or less) miles from the shore of Lake Ontario. It was a land of farms and orchards. Apples, peaches, apricots, berries, CORN, squash, and all sorts of other fresh vegetables comprised the contents of the crops that blanketed the land around us. The locals were very friendly. We stayed in a very nice RV Resort – one of the nicest we have seen since we have been on our trip.
I did not know anything about the Erie Canal before our last stop in Blossvale, and this juncture helped me learn even more about the historic commercial waterway upon which so many small communities were created. Our campground was literally across the street from it. A biking/walking trail also bordered the canal, and we took full advantage of the path.
We got to see Niagra Falls from this stop. We also went to Buffalo and had wings at the bar where they were first created. We went to Rochester a couple of times, one of which was to see an airshow. My laptop crashed from this location, so that was sort of stressful. We packed it up on our way to Buffalo one morning and I shipped it to our dear friend, Brad, in The Woodlands. Whom, by the way, miraculously rebuilt it and reloaded the back-up files before sending my laptop back to me… working (better than ever). I am ever grateful to technology geniuses and Carbonite. Mike and I had to share the iPad in the interim. I think we earned an A- in teamwork.
We enjoyed our time in New York. The state is so gigantic, we did not make it to so many places we wanted to see. For instance, we would have loved to have visited Lake George, The Adirondacks, The Finger Lakes Region, Long Island, and Montauk. I would of course love to go back to New York City for a whole month, but that would make Mike completely miserable. Too many people, too little space.
I think my favorite stop for this state would be the Hudson Valley location. My second favorite stop for NY is this one, Holley. Our last stop near Lake Oneida was pretty. I’m just glad we were able to be here during warm weather months.
Red Rock Ponds RV Resort really was one of the nicest RV Parks we have stayed in since our trip began. It was well maintained and quiet. Even the seasonal campers kept their sites nice and tidy. The utilities all worked well and each spot was roomy. After some of the parks we have stayed in recently, it was nice to land somewhere with such an inviting atmosphere.
The Erie Canal extends 524 miles across the state of New York. Our RV Park was directly across the street from the waterway, and their was a bike/walking path that bordered the water. We spent a lot of time riding our bikes and walking the dogs along the trail.
I took this last photo of the canal from the co-pilot’s chair as we were leaving the western part of New York.
We took the dogs for a walk at Lakeside Beach State Park. It sits directly on Lake Ontario.
Our campground had a little beach on a pond near the office and recreation hall.
While running errands I discovered a very cute little town named Brockport. It was also on the Erie Canal about 9 miles east of our campground. When I was there on my first visit, I saw signs advertising an annual art festival scheduled to take place on the upcoming weekend. Mike and I road our bikes back on Saturday afternoon. We had fun looking at the booths and enjoying a few drinks at a local brewery.
Niagra Falls was a little over an hour’s drive from our campground. We drove over one evening to see the falls at dusk, then we waited around for a fireworks show that started at 9:00. The falls were more spectacular than the fireworks.
The top of the falls don’t look quite as ominous as the drop down does.
The Canadian side of the falls looked to be much cleaner and classier than the U.S. Niagra Falls, but we did not bring our passports. There was a lot of traffic crossing the border bridges, so we probably saved a lot of time by avoiding the trip. It would be fun to go back and stay in one of the high rise hotels on the other side.
This was a pretty little pond on the street that led to Red Rock Ponds.
I do not know what kind of tree this is, but I think it is beautiful.
Local farm stands dotted the roadside on every road trip we took in Western New York. I couldn’t resist the fresh peaches, berries, flowers, and CORN.
The Rochester Airshow was in town during our visit. Tickets were $30 per person, so we opted for a less expensive way to watch… we parked across the street from the runway – outside the gates. We still had great seats, it wasn’t quite as loud from our location, and the dogs could watch too!
The Thunderbirds put on a great show!
LOUD and FAST.