It was a gorgeous day for our travel from Macedon to Horseheads NY. We took Rt 14 down along Lake Seneca, one of the finger lakes and were afforded many great views of it as we travelled south. And more wineries than you could shake a stick at! I’m sure it averaged more than 1 per mile with 2-3 within a mile in some stretches. As I mentioned in the previous post, we were going to try a “Boondockers Welcome” site for the first time. This is a membership based organization (a whopping $19/year) which allows RV’ers like us to find folks willing to put you up in a boondocking type setup for anywhere from 1-5 nights FREE. Boondocking means it’s not a real campground and doesn’t have full hookups for the RV. Our RV has a 105 gallon fresh water tank and it’s own pump as well as 65 gallon grey water tank (sinks and shower) and 40 gallon black water tank for the potty that allows us to be camped without hookups for several days. We have a 10KW generator and 500 amp hours of house batteries. Our fridge can run off our LP gas tank when we don’t have electric hookups so we’re pretty independant when we need/have to be. We were just finishing our lunch in a rest area along Rt 14 about 30 miles from Horseheads when we got a text message from Corky, our Boondockers Welcome host wondering what our ETA was. When we pulled up, his wife Lucy was there to guide us in and help get setup. We setup right in their backyard and they even provided electricity and water as well as letting us use their guest WIFI! Such a deal! We took them out to a local Italian restaurant Corky recommended Wednesday night as a thank you. They were wonderful hosts and invited us to come back any time. Thanks so much Corky & Lucy for making our first Boondockers Welcome experience a great one! We mentioned to Corky & Lucy at dinner how beautiful the area was and coming from New England, I hear New York, I think or an overcrowded, busy, dirty city… but this area is just stunning and so green with mountains and hills, lakes and so many interesting things to see and do! It changed my perception of what I’ll think of when I think of NY.
After getting setup, we rode back through Watkins Glen and went up to the famous race track there where they allowed us to go in and take a look. We missed out by only a few minutes on a local car club having a track day there but it was still cool to see the venue that I’ve watched many televised events from.
So while we were in the area, Tuesday we had reservations at the Corning Glass museum. We had both booked a time to participate in making something from glass with the help of their staff of course. Jane made a pendant, and I made an ornament. It was a cool experience for sure. We also toured the facility. We had to go back the next day as our glass items had to “cure” in the ovens so we toured some more the next day as well and took in the static glass exhibits. Unbelievable…
Our second day there, before going back to Corning, we toured 2 wineries and did tastings at both as well as supporting the local economy by purchasing some wine and even some local cheese.
Besides these pics, there are many more from this area on my Smugmug photo page here: