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.
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 . . .