Our basecamp while in the P-Town area was actually in in North Truro, about 6 miles from the heart of town. We arrived early enough to set up and go to town for some chowder plus a lobster roll. Yummy! Well, we ARE on the Cape! After some local sustenance we walked P-Town and did a little shopping.
Ron loves lighthouses and the Cape has many unique and storied beacons. Just up the road was Highland Light. It was built in 1857 and moved inland, due to erosion, in 1996.
Some of the famous lighthouses on the Cape:
A Labor Day Weekend P-Town tradition is the annual White Party. Funds raised at this function benefit the local LGBT medical community. And man oh man was there a White Party! Mike required a shot in the tush before he could go!
The White Party was located at the end of the cape and the parade of attendees and onlookers was as much fun as the party itself.
Time to party P-Town style!
Some of our favorite P-Town pics as we wondered around.
We enjoyed a Labor Day sunset cruise on the Schooner Hindu, a restored 1925 wooden vessel that is 79' long. Our all-female Captain and knowledgable crew made it a fun time with 22 happy sailors and a few dogs on board. A wonderful way to end the summer and our visit to this iconic place!
After our sail we had a delicious final supper at the famous Lobster Pot, a Provincetown tradition and institution. Baked clams and chowder as a starter, followed by a wonderful Cioppino. Then a short stroll around town to walk off our full bellies.
Moving east from VT & NH we arrived on the Cape in Massachusetts. Our basecamp, till we moved to P-Town for Labor Day weekend, was in Bourne, MA, just over the Cape Cod Canal bridge. Just up the road was Woods Hole and the ferries to Martha's Vineyard. After touring a bit, we went to the Lobster Trap, a popular local shack with Cape-style ambiance, for a lobster and chowder fix.
Camper Ron & Camper Mike visited and 'boon-docked' on the estate of Dennis Keimel & Herb Clark's wonderful Vermont mountain home. Dennis is Ron's ex, who introduced him to Mike and the rest, as they say, is history. Dennis and Herb have been together a long time now and have amassed quite a portfolio of properties in the area.
We enjoyed dinner at their amazing mid-century modern home and admired their large collection of lamps, furniture, and bric-a-brac.
Herb arrived in the morning from their other home in Albany. It was great to see him and get caught up before saying our goodbyes and hitting the road for P-Town, MA, for Labor Day weekend.
Ron has many memories of visiting Lake George as a kid and having fun there with his cousins. His Uncle Bill and Aunt Kathy over the years had the vision to have a summer cottage in Huelett's Landing on the Lake. Many great family gatherings over the years have been enjoyed on that lake. About 5 years ago, cousin Billy and his wife Susie replaced the old cottage with a new (much larger) one, still called Beach Haven. It's a beautiful place for family and friends to enjoy for many more generations.
Cousin Bill & Susie invited us to spend a long weekend on our RV journey to the east. Besides the beautifully appointed and comfortable home, there was also a private dock with both a Pontoon and Ski Boat, Kayak's, Canoes and many more "water 'toys". We ventured out to explore Lake George, taking along a picnic lunch on Saturday. We had a great time with wonderful mountain weather and blue skies.
Sunday morning I paid respects to my aunt and uncle who are buried on the side of the mountain, with cemetery and church, overlooking the cottage and lake. Below is a little history of Beach Haven, the original cottage, cottage with additions, and todays much larger home that sleeps sixteen.
Yes, another casino! The RV park here could have been in any nice state park with trees and grass along with large paved sites providing privacy. A wonderful casino resort, with 15 restaurants including a large buffet with food from many regions of the world. Our wonderful site with full hookups and 60 channel digital cable was less than $30 per night. Indian Casinos all over the country usually have a lot of land and have recently started providing RV campgrounds on or near their properties. Of course they always also provide 24-hour shuttle service to and from the Casino.
From our basecamp we ventured about 40 miles north to Syracuse for the NY STATE FAIR! We haven't been to a big state fair in a long time and this was a real treat.
What's a fair without stuffing your face with fair food! Mike decided he needed a New York Harvester that he had read about online and searched till he found it at The Defibrillator! Ron fine-dinned on a Greek gyro bowl!
On our way from PA to Jones Pond, Mike noticed a Casino with a buffet right off the highway. New members get a free buffet! Needless to say, we stopped, got our player's cards, had a very good lunch buffet for free, played slots for about 15 minutes and left with full bellies and $63 more in our pockets. This is what we call a great stop!
Jones Pond is a well established, large gay campground in upstate New York. The camp has over 120 acres with many amenities and numerous permanent seasonal campers. Owners Bryan and Matt purchased the CG in 2012. They have business backgrounds that are well suited to take Jones Pond to the next level - honoring the tradition set out by several previous owners. They are very 'hands on' and work hard to ensure everyone has a good time. The Campground is celebrating its 27th season.
Nearby Jones Pond is Letchworth State Park, voted best state park in the USA and "Home to the Grand Canyon of the East". The park is roughly 17 miles long, following the course of the Genesee River as it flows north through a deep gorge and over several large waterfalls. We enjoyed exploring the park and had a lovely lunch on the porch of the Glen Iris Inn.
We met many guys at Jones Pond, including Camper Steve and Camper Gary from the FL west coast. We attended many events together and met many of their friends. There were gatherings each night at various campsites of seasonal residents and everyone were encouraged to attend.
One rather endearing thing everyone does at this campground is refer to each other using 'camper' before their name. Hence, we were always refrered to by Camper Mike and Camper Ron. Cute.
During our stay they staged "Survivor Games" with a definite gay twist where all the games were very suggestive. It was MC'd by a very funny local comedian and enjoyed by participants and spectators alike.
Each weekend night there were dances in the Barn and other events such as the annual Jones Ponds Got Talent, a fun evening with some seriously talented campers. Sorry, we didn't take any pics that evening.
Jones Pond Campers are very proud of their campground, their sites, their friendships and welcome virgin campers like us with open arms - and more! We were very Happy Campers at Jones Pond!
Moving eastward, there are more gay campgrounds, and as Mike said "It's time for a Gay Fix!" We had a great weekend here making new friends including some who are neighbors back home in FL.
Many various gatherings each evening around bonfires, shots, and after 11 what happens here stays here! We met our new friend Steve, who lives a few blocks away from us in Wilton Manors! After meeting Steve and getting to know him well, we plan to get together when we all get home. After leaving Freedom Valley, Steve was driving back to FL and then crossing the Pond to his homeland England for a month or so.
A two-day visit for some warranty work on the coach at the factory service facility. Just minor items and a few adjustments. This visit renewed my faith in the RV manufacturing industry. Ron took a very educational factory tour, got so involved he forgot to take pictures.
One must have a typical Amish meal while in the area. We enjoyed a family-style Theshers Dinner at Amish Acres in Nappanee, ID.
Afterwards we walked off our filling dinner by touring the historic farm.
The next day we went to Shipshewana Flea Market, the Midwest's largest such market only open on Tues & Wed. After walking the miles of isles in the Flea Market we stopped out front and stocked up on protein from Yoder's Meat Market.
As our coach was in service, Gaylord was with us. He was a big hit with his famous lion hair cut and was warmly welcomed at the Flea Market.
Before leaving the Elkhart, IN, area both the Jeep and Coach got a lube, oil, and filter job to keep up with Ron's diligent maintenance.
Yes, another casino, we have so many "player cards" they have their own storage bowl in the coach! The Hollywood Casino's style celebrates the golden era of Hollywood.
Joliet celebrates The Mother Road Route 66 which starts in Chicago and runs right through town before traversing 7 states and ending in California. Our Journeys have found us on various different sections of this road in a number of states.
Our day trip to Chicago, about 40 miles from Joliet, included a ride along the amazing Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago Beaches area on the Lake. We found in kind of unique to have tall city buildings, Lake Shore Dr., along with beaches and marinas right in Chicago. A drive by Wrigley Field before a famous Chicago deep dish pizza at the iconic Lou Malnati's. What says Chicago more than Wrigley Field and deep dish pizza?
Our RV Adventure
Here's a record of our travels as we explore the USA. Blog posts are listed by month in descending order.