May 8 – 9
Watkins Glen KOA
Watkins Glen, NY
This was a very nice campground to visit. Although it was a rainy weekend, we had a blast. I did not get a chance to tour the entire resort because the kids had me running. The indoor pool was a much needed activity.
I’m not very good at picking campsites based on the image ma. What I thought was the best site turned out to be a wet site. The site I picked was between the Jumping Pillow and the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the site was at the bottom of a hill and a bit secluded. Not what you want to do when you want your kids to socialize with other kids.
If you’re in the area, I would recommend the Watkins Glen KOA.
May 22 – 25
Frost Ridge Campground
Memorial Day Celebration
Formerly known as Lei-Ti II. This is our second trip to this campground. It’s turning out to be our number one spot closest to home. We meet up with friends from Ontario and have a blast. The day is filled with swimming in frigid water to water-balloon fights. The nights are filled with laughter into the early morning.
This weekend, we experienced a incident that could have been fatal. While waiting for the wagon ride, the crowd behind us suddenly dispersed. Turns out that the tractor pulling the wagon tumbled down the hill (the campground is located on a land that was once a ski resort). It was pretty dark at this point, so campers saw only the lights from the tractor tumbling down the hill. The screaming was horrific. My heart was pounding. My daughter was the very next person that was to get on the wagon. We could’ve been on the wagon.
No one was hurt. A little girl complained of her ankle hurting. And lots of campers have sworn off wagon rides. Not us. As long as there are no hills, we’re good to go. I can’t let one bad incident dictate the rest of our summer. The girls look forward to the wagon rides.
June 12 – 14
This place was awesome! Friendly staff and clean facilities. We arrived on Friday evening and were welcomed by our friends. The sites were pretty small, but comfortable. The girls loved hanging out on the playground.
This campground is perfect for groups, but could be a bit lonely if you’re alone. There were no activities this weekend, so not very much opportunity to mingle with the other campers. The activities for the kids were on the weak-side too.
As always, Will did his thang on the grill. We had a feast on Saturday night with his famous ribs.
We will visit this site again next year.
June 26 – 29
Holiday Hill Campground
On our way to this campground is rained like the dickens. Visibility was the worst I’ve ever seen. This campground is located at the top of a very steep hill. There was an alternate route for trailers and large motor homes. Luckily, Will took time to read the brochure in it’s entirety and learned of the alternate route. If we’d tired to make that hill, we would have killed the transmission.
This place was very hilly and had tight turns. The weekenders were in the middle of the campground while the seasonal campers were tucked back in the woods. It felt like an “us” versus “them” situation. However, the owners and some of the campers were friendly. I say some because me and my eldest son noticed that the pool slowly emptied when we swam. When we left the pool, campers slowly entered the pool. Coincidence, hmmm. We were encouraged to become a permanent camper, but the was not there.
There was a DJ Saturday night and my girls danced like crazy. The music was loud and the lights were flashing. At first, my girls did not want to dance, but Rhonda (seen with me in to the photo to the right) grabbed Hailey’s hand and took her out on the dance floor. It took 5 minutes for the girls to get loose. ‘
Will we visit again? Probably not in 2010. There are so many cool places to visit.
July 2 – 5
Yoji Bear Jellystone Park
North Java, NY
July 4th Celebration- It was a bad weekend for camping. While setting up the RV, it slipped off the leveling blocks. Talk about panic attack!! We ended up having to settle with the RV a little tilted. The ground was muddy, so the owners delivered wood panels to most of the sites.
We made our reservations late and were not able to rent a golf cart. Having a gold cart for a few years in a row and then not having one changes the camping experience. We were not able to cruise around the park and enjoy the atmosphere. Nor did we participate in the parade with Yogi and Cindy. The activities were held as scheduled and the kids enjoyedt the the water park. They froze, but the enjoyed it. There was no way I was getting in the water.
The kids had a blast at the concert. I don’t remember the name of the band, but they were cool. Lots of country…but still cool. The kids enjoyed cotton candy and danced with Boo Boo.
We met great folks and our eldest son met up with teens he had met previous years. The water park is amazing and worth trip. But with the new water park and renovated facilities came more rules. This was our first year we had to wear bracelets. I guess if you do not have a bracelet, you’ll be asked to leave the grounds. e
July 17 – 19
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park
Wow. This was a fun weekend. It was a weekend that nearly didn’t happen. Apparently I forgot to complete the reservation transaction. I remember praying for the site to be available. We were camping with three other families and they placed their campers in a circle saving space or us. Imagine if another family went to park in “our” spot. That would’ve been very awkward for everyone.
The campground had an in ground pool with slide. The kids loved that. It was a bit too cold for me to jump in the pool. But later that day, I did wade in the stream. Once my body adjusted to the water temperature, I was good. My fellow campers showed me how to float in water that was less than a foot deep. I lied on my back and started floating down the stream. Ever so often, my backside became caught a boulder and I’d have to push myself along. When I finished my floating, the backside of my bathing suit was green from algae.
The photo to the left is Chaney meditating. Seriously. My baby walked over to the edge of the rock and sat down. After a minute, I asked her if she was ready to go and she said no. She quietly sat for a good five minutes. The heavens quieted, the other campers disappeared, and the only sound was the stream. I was in awe as my baby sat quietly. I wondering what she was thinking about.
We had great food. One of my fellow campers made a drink that tasted like the red, white, and blue Popsicles I ate as a child. We had good laughter and even danced around the campfire a bit. It was a long drive from our house. Would we go again? Only if we could take one car.
August 14 – 16
Due to car problems, no trips were taken in August.