Moving on – to East Otto, NY

5/20/14 Tuesday in East Otto, NY (Allegheny Mountain-ROD)

On the road by 9 am. Wouldn’t you know a wasp was caught in the car when I got in, but I knew what to do-let its window down-and he found his way out. Next John discovered that our rear camera wasn’t working. We both figure that’s due to his dealing with the lights in the rear. We’ll work on that when we get to Allegheny Mountain. Lots of Interstate so, except for construction near Ashtabula, it was smooth traveling. We go from Ohio to Pennsylvania to New York, via I-90, I-86, US 219, then Jackman Hill Rd and Plato Road. Those are the truck safe roads to get there, without using the toll road I-90.  On our way we stopped at a rest area in Chautauqua Lake which sits 700 feet higher than Lake Erie, although only 6 miles away.  Lake Erie’s waters drain into the Atlantic Ocean, while Chautauqua Lake’s waters drain into the Gulf of Mexico.

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I’m not impressed with New York’s Interstate, at least I-86. Maybe the toll road (I-90) is much nicer but it’s also pretty expensive for an RV with a toad. We heard it’s about $60 to get to Niagara Falls.

Coming from the south as we did we had green Alleghaney Mountain Resort signs to follow but we came upon Visitor Parking (by a barn), so parked there only to discover that we needed to continue up the road. THEN we saw a larger sign and the road into the park was at a very tight angle to the right. I was afraid there wouldn’t be a place for a big rig there. Well, let’s say this is not a very big rig friendly park. They have a couple sites for those with ROD memberships but they were too wet for us. Fortunately, because we were only staying a couple nights and were leaving before the holiday they let us take a member’s site-facing the lake. This site does have great (new) 50 amp power and 60 psi water (no sewer), so that was nice too. Lots of trees but we were fortunate again, getting satellite through the trees. Remember, this is via a member site though. It’s large (700 campsites) and beautiful. Dirt roads; following our rig felt like following Pig Pen.

We walked a bit through the lovely campground and met our neighbors, then retired to our rig. It started raining about 4 pm. We’d decided to leave our 2 big slides in because this wasn’t all that level a site, rain was predicted and we’ll be leaving very soon. I’m glad we didn’t set them out.



About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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