Fall Arrives in Western New York

As wonderful as it is to explore new sights, with 158 stops while on the Great Loop in 2021, and 43 stops so far on our first-ever RV trip, there is something to be said for re-visiting a fun memory.  

This week our first stop was in Schenectady, NY at an RV park and marina, right along the Erie Canal. After settling into our campsite, Dave and I cycled a short part the Erie Canal trail (between rain showers) and visited lock 8, which we transited on the Great Loop.  A double bonus! We were able to revisit a small part of the Great Loop and our Erie Canal Trail 8 day cycling adventure in July.   Win win!   We also rode the trail before departing the next day and found a crew repaving a part of the trail.  It was heavenly riding the newly paved surface. 

We next repeated a stop which we had camped on our way north, Sampson State Park on Seneca Lake (one of the finger lakes in New York).  We biked along the roads of the park which was once a thriving military training base during WWII and Korean Wars (see picture for very interesting history).  Murphy swam (fetched sticks) many times in Seneca Lake from his private beach.  However, the best part was shopping for groceries at Wegman’s in Geneva, NY.  I was introduced to Wegman’s while traveling through New York on the loop last year.   Hands down, there is no better all-around grocery store. From their extensive produce dept, bakery (with the best ever chocolate chip cookies), meat and seafood selections, deli, and the varied selections of anything else you might want, I love, love, love Wegman’s.  Please open stores in Florida! 

The rest of the week we explored Letchworth State Park, known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”, located about 60 miles southwest of Rochester, NY.   It’s not even close to the beauty of the real Grand Canyon, but it has quite a stunning landscape of its own.   The park is roughly 17 miles long, following the course of the Genesee River as it flows north through a deep gorge and over three large waterfalls.  The park ends near a dam built in 1951 to protect the valley from flooding. The river then continues to flow north into Lake Ontario.   The park has over 60 miles of hiking trails and the three of us enjoyed several hikes. There were great roads to cycle as well. And, being in New York during apple harvest, we had to stop a a Cidery!

Fall has definitely arrived with lows in the lower 40’s and highs in the upper 50’s.  We are noticing the leaves are starting to change.   It’s going to be very beautiful here in about 3 weeks (and much colder too!). 

Thanks for following along on our 2022 RV Travels.

Loving the fall weather Brenda, It’s feeling like Florida winter Dave, and the stick master Murphy.


2 thoughts on “Fall Arrives in Western New York”

  1. Wow, would I like to be in upper New York state right now!
    I’m doing hurricane preps in 86 deg and 80% humidity!
    I love the trail pics and Mr. Murphy bringing the “firewood” 😉
    Just hoping the St. Pete place is more than 8 ft ASL.

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