North to the St. Lawrence River

Clayton, NY

Wow, its been quite a while since our last blog.  It seems that the writer has been a bit lazy busy and has not been very diligent in keeping things up-to-date. But there hasn’t been a great deal to report during the past few weeks either.

In our last post we were in Atlanta visiting with our son.  Now we are in Clayton, NY, which is as far north as you can get and still be in the US.  As we said, not a lot has happened in between worth any pictures, much less a blog post, so we’ll just do a quick update.

We left Atlanta and drove north to Gaffney, SC, home of Freightliner Custom Chassis, manufacturers of the chassis used in most motorhomes.  There is a service center there that does an excellent job providing routine maintenance to motorhomes so we like to take ours there for service.  They are very busy and didn’t have an appointment available for weeks, but you can go there as a “walk-in” which means that they will service your coach if time allows.  So we went there thinking we may have to stay for up to a week, but felt the wait well worth the excellent service.  But they were able to accommodate us right after lunch on our first day there, so our stay was short and sweet.

Our next stop was in our former hometown of York, PA.  We usually make the trip from Gaffney to York in two days with an overnight in a Walmart in Virginia.  But with high temperatures coupled with high humidity, a stay without an electrical connection for air conditioners was not very appealing.  The weather prediction was calling for thunderstorms in the late afternoon as well and, since we don’t drive in the rain, we decided to take three days and stay in a couple of RV parks along the way.  So after one night stays in Wytheville and New Market (both in VA), we arrived in York for an extended stay to visit with daughter Jessica and complete the yearly doctor visits.

But before completing the medical rounds we decided to leave the motorhome in York and drive north in the Jeep for a visit with Pam’s mother, Fran, in Clayton, NY.  So that’s where we are now, staying with Fran in her home just a block from the beautiful St. Lawrence River.  Fran is keeping us busy completing some routine maintenance projects around the house but we have managed to fit in some “river watching” time each day.

There are two main docking facilities in the village, one for small craft and one for larger vessels.  The dock for small boats has a great little park area with a few Adirondack chairs and two rows of benches next to the sidewalk.  It’s a great place to just sit, relax, and watch the boat traffic.

John and Fran enjoy the bench area

The view from the bench area

Nearby is a long dock meant to accommodate larger vessels.  For two nights the dock was occupied by the Pearl Mist, a small cruise ship.

If you’re interested in antique boats, you’ve probably heard of the Clayton Antique Boat Museum, a world class facility located in the village.  With that facility near by there are always a few beautiful old wooden boats going by the docks.

If there wasn’t enough boating activity here, the St. Lawrence Seaway channel goes right in front of the village, so there are often large freighters heading in either direction passing by the docks.

After the strain of watching the boat traffic we usually conclude each day with a stop at the nearby ice cream shop.  Located right across the street from the small craft docks, The Scoop is a perfect place to enjoy a treat while waiting for the sunset.  We are often joined by Fran’s friend, John, as we sit and watch the world go by.  For many, many years John was the local (an only) dentist in the village and he not only knows virtually every resident in town but can also tell you about their family tree going back two generations!

We’ll be here in New York for a couple of weeks before returning to York to complete the medical rounds.  After that we will head west to the land of low humidity, few insects, and wonderful hiking!

More on that later . . .

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21 Responses to North to the St. Lawrence River

  1. Mary says:

    Wow, you guys traveled far! Someday I would like to meander across the country, I have never been east of Colorado. Looks awesome.

  2. LuAnn says:

    Enjoy your time with family but hurry back west. We all miss you!

  3. Sue says:

    I know you don’t think you’re doing anything interesting enough for a blog post, but I just can’t get enough of those river photos….indulge me?

  4. Jodee Gravel says:

    I know that’s where you’re from, but it does seem strange to think of you guys “over there” for the summer 🙂 I agree the river pics are sweet – as is the well-earned ice cream break after all that watching. Glad you’re getting some time with family, have fun!

  5. Gay says:

    Enjoy family and friends and good luck with all the medical stuff.
    Watching the boats go by is a fun way to spend the afternoon…..

  6. pmbweaver says:

    Now that is some service. We really appreciated their professionalism.

    I am sure mom is so happy to have you two there to help her out. Sitting and watching the boats go by is a wonderful way to share memories with mom. Cherish each moment. It will last forever!

    So are you saying that John knows the Scoop on most of the residents in the town? hehe

  7. Sounds like you’re keeping busy and having some nice family time, but I know you’ll be glad to head west again soon. Miss all your hiking posts!

  8. Laurel says:

    Looks like you’re enjoying some very “sweet” time with Mom. 🙂 Sitting by the river and watching the boats cruise by sounds so relaxing. Your photos certainly make it look appealing. Enjoy your family time — before you know it, you’ll be back out west and hiking every day!

  9. Sarah says:

    I’m glad you were able to finally escape the awful heat and humidity of the Midwest and South this year. Upstate New York looks a little more inviting. It certainly is nice that your mother lives in a pretty town with a great river nearby! I hope you enjoy your time with family.

  10. Dave & Skruffy ( says:

    I know how you feel about “not seeing anything to blog about” even though you traveled 700-800 miles…I feel that way every time we go along I-10 from Florida until we get to New Mexico. Glad to hear all is well. –Dave

  11. Looks like a pretty nice way to take care of all the family and medical business!

  12. Family time, doctors visits are actually a great way to wind down a bit before the next sets of adventure. Love that sweet capture of John and Fran. Hope the doctors signs off a good bill of health.

  13. Janna says:

    Thanks for the update guys–was wondering what happened to you!

  14. jimandbarb says:

    You two are a long way from hiking country, I bet you are missing it already. On the other hand I am sure it is nice to see family and get the medical stuff out of the way.

  15. rommel says:

    Oh cool! I haven’t been keeping up with my blog too. You and I both. 😀 I’ve been quote-end quote very busy, and I’ve been less active outside too. Anywho, I’ve been having crazy craving with ice cream too. There’s always one in the fridge. 🙂 I’d kiss whoever invented ice cream.

  16. Sherry says:

    I know your daughter and Pam’s mother must be so happy to have you two visit. Hanging out near the St. Lawrence river and eating ice cream sounds top notch to me!

  17. Glad you had a good Gaffney visit. We head there next month for the class & service. Safe travels! Gail from

  18. Sheila says:

    Enjoy each and everyday with your Mom and look forward to heading west when the time is right!

  19. Sheila says:

    Happy Anniversary! Wishing you both loving and joyful days together!

  20. Ellen says:

    Just found your blog and loved this post 🙂 I’m so intrigued by those benches inside that fence!! Is it because people get so excited seeing the boats that they have to be restrained from running right out into the water?!? But seriously…. I can’t remember ever seeing benches fenced up like that! Is there a particular reason for it? Looking forward to reading more 🙂

    • placestheygo says:

      Haha! Ellen, that is too funny:) Actually there is only a railing along the front of the benches because there is four foot cement wall there. There are openings and steps every so often. Thanks for joining us:)

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