Life's Journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, totally worn out, shouting "Wow...What a Ride!"

Sunday, May 11, 2014

West Branch State Park to VT

Thursday we moved on up to north east Ohio to West Branch State Park for a few nights, we are leaving early Sunday morning for two days of power driving to VT. West Branch State Park is another nice Ohio campground and will be our last state park until the fall when we get back on the road. This time of the year not all sites are open yet, there is also some FHU sites, our Verizon and Dish signals were all good.  There don't appear to be any trails here but the park is located on a lake with boating and fishing. The town of Ravena is just down the road with grocery, gas and a Walmart, it has been a good place to position ourselves before heading across NY.

Friday was a rainy day so we stayed inside with our computers and the television, in the evening we headed into Ravena to Emma Marie's Italiano restaurant for dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of my 29th birthday. I have been craving some good Italian food, our meals of veal parmigiana and gnocchi did not disappoint us. If we were to be around much longer I'd be heading back to try some of their other meals, if you ever here and looking for a good Italian meal I'd strongly recommend them.

Saturday was a beautiful day, a walk around the park in the morning and a bike ride in the afternoon, both time talking with some nice folks, Mike and Jane from Stow, OH. Maybe next time we're in the area we can camp with them at one of the state parks. A campfire made for the end of an enjoyable day and the end, for awhile to some wonderful state parks.

Sunday we were on the road by 8am, we had 370+ miles ahead of us, fortunately the trip was uneventful and we arrived on schedule in Verona NY around 2:30. Our trip along I-90 was long but uneventful, while busy the Buffalo NY traffic didn't take us long to get through. Spent the night at The Villages at Turning Stone Casino, it was one of the only places that was open, the NY state parks weren't open yet. A pull through made for a quick departure once again by 8am on Monday morning, after a while longer on I-90 we headed north on to I-87 till the Lake George NY. While only 275 or so miles Monday was going to be just as long as Sunday, so much of the drive is on two lane highways, at least for us this was well know roads we've traveled for many years. Since we knew the area and roads so much we decided to forgo listening to our GPS, the route we chose took us right through our former hometown and in front of some good friends home, we decided we just had to stop for a few minutes. Nothing like hugs from good friends you hadn't seen in awhile.

So after two days of hard driving we arrived at Maplewoods Campground in Johnson VT by 2:30 Monday afternoon, our site wasn't ready yet so we had to hunker down in another site for a few nights.

Until next time...

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