2016 Trips

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 Booked | 7 places | 21 nights
Camped  Camped | 5 places | 15 nights | 1462 km


Camped Coles Creek State Park (Waddington, NY)

Potluck time

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May 19-23, Loop A South, Site 57, 30A 117VAC.

This year saw our annual May 2-4 group camping event hosted at Coles Creek State Park in New York for the first time. Lots of friends, old and new, came to camp for a weekend of food, fun and amazing weather.

This trip was special to us for another reason... the first time camping in our 2012 Rockwood 2701SS travel trailer, which we picked up from the dealer the day before. We spent some time cleaning and puttering, and I installed a new power tongue jack with the help of some camping buddies.

On Sunday I spent some time with a couple of the guys doing a man craft - making fire starters from egg flats filled with shavings covered with melted wax from old candles liquified in a double boiler on a camp stove. We were running low since we last made a batch and now we've got enought to last us for years.

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We'd come back for a group event but would bring a portable waste tank to do most of our dumping the night before. And we'd pick a site further from the dump station so we wouldn't get blocked in.

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Camped Bon Echo Provincial Park (Cloyne, ON)

A nice camping selfie

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June 10-12, Mazinaw Lake - Midway CG, Site 201, 30A (VAC not measured).

We've tent camped at Bon Echo before but this was our first time back with a trailer. Despite some difficulties setting up and some marginal weather we had a very good time. Dawn's folks camped in the next site over in their brand new Class C motorhome.

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This is a beautiful park in a gorgeous setting and we need to come back for a longer stay.

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Camped Riverside-Cedar, Parks of the St. Lawrence (Morrisburg, ON)

Flag in sun

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June 30 - July 3, Riverside West CG, Site 293, 30A 119VAC.

We're big fans of Parks of the St. Lawrence and though we've visited friends at Riverside-Cedar, this was be our first time camping there. A very nice park with a wide variety of campsite types. We camped with friends over Canada day and had a great time kayaking, swimming and just hanging out.

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Camped Charleston Lake Provincial Park (Lansdowne, ON)

More water view

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August 26 to 29, Bayside CG, Site 254, 30A 114VAC.

Our fourth trip to Charleston Lake was a great one. Dawn and I agree that this is the closest nicest park to home. Also worthy of mention is Twist's Outlet, a general store just south of the park in the town of Outlet. Reasonable prices, dry wood (lumber or split), great ice cream and super friendly staff.

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Love Charleston Lake - we'll be back .

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Camped Robert Moses State Park (Massena, NY)

Sun and shadow - 01

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September 2-5, Loop 029-066, Site 47, 30A 114VAC.

Whaddaya know - we scored another waterfront site! This park is easy to get to at about an hour and a half from home. We crossed the border at Cornwall and were expecting long weekend delays in both directions but there was no waiting coming or going.

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Unfortunately, the behaviour of other campers tainted our experience. I understand that people like to party on long weekends but there's no reason to ruin it for others. The lackluster enforcement didn't help. We won't hurry back.

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Camped Sandbanks Provincial Park (Picton, ON)

There's that sign again

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October 6-10, Woodlands CG, Site 639, 30A 117VAC.

Closing the season with family Thanksgiving at Sandbanks has become as much of a tradition as opening the season with a group camping event on Victoria Day weekend. Friends joined us too this year with their daughter and the girls had a great time together. We enjoyed wide fluctuations in weather, from swimming in Lake Ontario on Friday to huddling around the day-long campfire on Sunday.

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Another great Thanksgiving weekend at Sandbanks goes down in history.

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Booked Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary (Ingleside, ON)

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October, 2 nights

A camping buddies gathering came together late this season and we jumped on it. Good friends and a favourite park. Woo hoo!

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