Fish Creek Pond SP, NY
It has been difficult to keep the blog up to date with our traveling schedule. But here's the latest: After Woburn, MA, we drove four hours northward to spend a night courtesy parking at a relative's home on Lake Champlain in Vermont. A few friends of the family came over and it turned out to be a very pleasant night.
The next morning we headed off to the Adirondack Park in New York. This is an enormous state park which covers about half of upstate NY. Inside it are numerous and wonderful small state parks. We met up with Rob Baker and his family, and Colin Hyde (of GSM Vehicle fame) and his family, camping alongside the waters of Fish Creek Pond State Park.
What a terrific place! Gorgeous scenery, beautiful water, and little sandy beaches alongside most of the sites. Five star rating by us. On Friday we rented a canoe and made a leisurely paddling route through several of the ponds and rivers, spending most of the day alternately paddling and pausing for snacks and swimming. Couldn't ask for better weather, with endless sunshine, warm clear water, and good company. Six adults, four children, and everyone had a terrific time. This was one of the ultimate camping experiences.
Fish Creek Pond SP, like most NY and VT state parks, has no hookups. But who cares? The Airstream is, of course, self-contained. Our flat battery would have caused some angst, but Colin thoughtfully brought a fully charged battery along for us to borrow during our stay. We also chatted a bit about some of the minor tweaks Vintage Thunder needs, including:
longer bar on the battery door lock (the door comes open)
new black tank dump valve (it leaks)
new belly skin in front (it's not staying in place well due to old enlarged rivet holes)
entry door weatherstripping (I never got around to it)
a bit of caulk near the shower pan
I've been doing simple little things to it along the way, which improve the quality of life. For example, on Friday I spent five minutes carefully lubricating all the window latches with Teflon-based lubricant. Now they all open and close like new. I've found that a little bit of maintenance every few days goes a long way in keeping the "bug list" under control, and all the inhabitants happy. Little things, like sticky window latches, matter.
Now we are set up in our long-term home (a few weeks) in Panton VT. But don't worry, we'll be on the road again for some weekend trips soon. We have our eyes on a few nice state parks within a hundred miles of here. And the WBCCI Region 1 Rally in Quebec is just around the corner!