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Camped  Camped | 8 places | 23 nights | 1943 km


Camped Coles Creek State Park (Waddington, NY)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 10/10

June 15-17, Loop A North, Site 98: 30A, voltage untested. Because Dawn often gets a recurrance of strep throat in May we decided to start this year's season in June with a trip back to Coles Creek State Park in upstate New York.

We've been here once before with extended family and it was nice to have a chance to experience the park at our own pace. Although we didn't have a waterfront site, we could see plenty of water from across the road and the breezes reached us with no problem. Coles Creek is on the St. Lawrence Seaway and there's plenty of interesting ship traffic. The park is just 20 km west of Massena and all the amenities of a large town.

We had a wonderful time. For the most part we took it easy and hung around the park, enjoying the excellent weather and beautiful surroundings. There's a lot to be said for slowing things down.

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Camped Logos Land Resort (Cobden, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 5/10 | Our experience: 8/10

June 29 to July 2, Site 98: 114 VAC. We had heard of this family park near Cobden before so we decided to visit enroute to Algonquin Park. Because of the good weather, decent beach and some nice folks we met we had a good time, but a lot of stuff in this park is badly run down and in need of repair. Not on our return list.

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Camped Rock Lake (Algonquin Park, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 10/10 | Our experience: 10/10

July 2-8, Rock Lake Campground A, Sites 54 and 35: 114 VAC. This was our very first camping trip to Ontario's vast and majestic Algonquin Provincial Park. I don't know how or why we never camped here before but we've done it now and it's a trip we'll never forget. Rock Lake itself is a very nice campground with a beautiful lake for swimming, paddling or gazing upon. Algonquin park holds riches of history and the wild that are shared and preserved for all to enjoy.

We walked the Spruce Bog, visited the Logging Museum, stopped at the Visitor Centre, frequented an outfitter, toured a few other campgrounds and participated in organized activities. We tie-dyed clothing with a large and welcoming family and made some great new friends. Emily made one good friend in particular and got some well-earned independence riding around the loop on her bike and visiting the campsites of people we'd met. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we extended our stay by two days, even though we had to move sites to do it. As for moving sites, the second one was almost as good, but would have been impossible to access had we not been able to remove the marker pole from the ground.

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Oh, yes. We will be back.

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Camped Higley Flow State Park (Colton, NY)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 9/10

July 23-27, Loop B, Site 24: 118VAC. We've been to Higley Flow twice before, group camping both times over the May long weekend. This was a totally different experience.

We had a wonderful time at this quiet park in the pines. There was plenty of time for cycling, kayaking, swimming and touring. The park is nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains and is situated on a widening of the Raquette River, New York State's second longest. The small town of South Colton is nearby and the larger towns of Potsdam and Canton are only slightly farther away. In our experience this park is very beautiful, very quiet and perfect for families.

As it happened, Wednesday the 25th was a milestone for Dawn and John, marking 20 years since we first started dating. We three celebrated with a visit to the Hideaway Cafe in Colton, recommended to us for the home cooking. This is a small and unpretentious place, and it was packed. The food was amazing, the service was great and the prices were unbelievably low. I fully encourage patronage of this fine establishment.

This trip we spent a lot of time in our kayaks, Em riding with her Mom. With the help of a lifeguard from the park beach we found the Black Lagoon, a local attraction. It's populated with bones and body parts dangling from trees and signs that warn of a resident creature who enjoys a tasty human now and then. We made it in and out with no loss to life or limb so we figure the monster was either full or asleep.

Alas, the trip had its low points too. The GPS was accidentally smashed in the door of the truck, leaving us to probe our way around the countryside by map and road sign. We found recent evidence of mice in the lower cabinets, which required a bit of cleaning. And John received a superficial but rather bloody laceration from the corner of a liftgate that warranted a trip to the hospital in nearby Potsdam. An excellent facility, by the way. Luckily, none of these problems were anything but a temporary hiccup in an otherwise idyllic vacation.

Our last full day was a wash, so to speak, with non-stop rain. We toured to Massena early in the day for a replacement GPS and we hung around the campsite for the rest of the day. We watched movies, played games and for a while Dawn and I sat by the fire under a beach umbrella. Good times.

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Higley Flow has moved up a couple of notches on our short list.

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Camped Long Sault Parkway (Ingleside, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 6/10 | Our experience: 8/10

July 27-29, McLaren Island Campground, Site 140: 118VAC. We capped off our week at Higley Flow by camping here with friends. We had a great time with our friends but the party atmosphere at McLaren Island will not attract us back in a big hurry.

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In retrospect we should have contacted the park wardens. If we return we'll keep the number close at hand.

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Camped Bayview Lodge RV Park (White Lake, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 8/10 | Our experience: 9/10

August 23-26, Site P3: 106VAC. We booked this campground mainly because it was near to Arnprior and the Canadian IMAC Nationals event in which John planned to compete. In the end he didn't - airplane problems - so we all got to enjoy a nice weekend stay instead. This is a gem of a private park and we would definitely like to return.

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This park is now on our short list for trips close to home.

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Camped Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton, ON)

Park | Map | Photos | This location: 9/10 | Our experience: 8/10

October 5-8, site 602: 114 VAC. Our fourth annual Thanksgiving at Sandbanks. We've come here since 2009 with Dawn's parents. For the first time the weather was less than excellent - but the company was good and the food was delicious. A good time.

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