2012 Eastern United States travel blog

Winfield, PA - Little Mexico Campground, site 71

Winfield, PA - Little Mexico Campground, site 71, another view

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 0 - our route - 246 miles

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 1 - headed South on I-87, the...

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 2

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 3 - Topping a mountain as we...

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 4 - entering PA -

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 5

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 6 - a lot of antiques on...

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 7

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 8

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 9

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 10

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 11

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 12 - getting into farm country in...

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 13 - Amish country as well

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 14 - downtown Mifflenburg, PA

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 15

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 16

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 17 - oops! must have made a...

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 18 - thank God for semis -...

Catskill, NY to Winfield, PA 19 - more Amish

Raymond B. Winter State Park 1 - the beach

Raymond B. Winter State Park 2 - the small dam

Raymond B. Winter State Park 3 - Libby is getting her ration...

Raymond B. Winter State Park 4 - some of the surrounding mountain...

T&D's Cats 1 - the sign showing where to turn

T&D's Cats 2 - Fallow Deer standing in the shade

T&D's Cats 3 - a couple of the beautiful wolf-dogs

T&D's Cats 4 - one of the many Bengal Tigers they keep

T&D's Cats 5 - a peacock with her chicks

Williamsport Trip 1- a pretty drive

Williamsport Trip 2

Williamsport Trip 3 - This year's Series starts August 16 and they...

Williamsport Trip 4 - this is a view of the main field...

Williamsport Trip 5 - the view of Volunteer Stadium from its press...

Williamsport Trip 6 - the Little League seal

Williamsport Trip 7 - the home of the Little League

Williamsport Trip 8 - their museum

Williamsport Trip 9 - a couple of the surrounding fields - there...

Williamsport Trip 10 - the main complex - that's Lamade Stadium in...

Williamsport Trip 11 - downtown Williamsport

Williamsport Trip 12

Williamsport Trip 13

Williamsport Trip 14

Williamsport Trip 15 - this is one home of many built during...

Williamsport Trip 16

Williamsport Trip 17

Williamsport Trip 18

Williamsport Trip 19 - they are removing about a hundred feet of...

Williamsport Trip 20 - one of the many beautiful old churches in...

Williamsport Trip 21 - another

Williamsport Trip 22 - and another

Williamsport Trip 23 - business must be good just looking at the...

Well, we wound up going to MIddleburg after all hunting for a...

Downtown Middleburg


It was a 246 mile trip from Catskill, NY to just west of Winfield, PA. It was almost all interstate - I-87 and I-84 in NY; I-84, I-81 and I-80 in PA. I-84 and I-81 in PA were absolutely terrible roads. I had heard how bad I-80 would be, but the section we drove was in good shape.

We are staying at the Little Mexico Campground which is way out in the country, miles from anything. It is a very large park with mostly permanents and seasonals but they had a very nice site for us and we have 50 amps with full hookups, so-so Verizon and an easy shot to the satellite. They have free WiFi but it is so slow as to be almost unusable.

Monday we made a trip through the countryside to see the Raymond B. Winter State Park. It is all inside a state forest up in the mountains of central PA and very scenic.

Tuesday was a busy day as we got up early to go to T&D Cats of the World which is a refuge created to house and care for the many exotic animals that were once pets and have been confiscated due to the illegal nature of their captivity. They have set up a top notch facility with very large enclosures and take great care of their charges. They receive no government funding but are supported completely by tour fees and donations with most of the funds coming from the original founders. The carnivores alone eat over 12,000 pounds of meat per month. In addition to the tigers, lions, Lynx, Servals, Cougars, Bobcats and Jungle Cats, they also have many different types of monkeys, black bears, fox, deer, coyote, wolf-dog, raccoon, lemur, parrot, and others. It's kind of like a zoo for wild pets. This is another of these great places we manage to find that is off the beaten path and turn out being a favorite of ours.

We then went to South Williamsport to see the Little League World Series complex and then to Williamsport just to cruise around. In the late 19th century Williamsport was known as "The Lumber Capital of the World" because of its thriving lumber industry. It had more millionaires per-capita than anywhere else in the world. For this reason, the area's local high school, the Williamsport Area High School, uses "Millionaires" as its team nickname.

South Williamsport, across the West Branch Susquehanna River from Williamsport, has been the home of the Little League World Series since the first in 1947. They have a great complex and are currently getting it ready for this year's series starting August 16. One of these years we hope to make it back here for the series but by it being in August, that will be tough to schedule.

On the way back to the Mothership there was a unique candle shop Doris wanted to visit but we found that it had closed its advertised location and was in the process of opening a new store in Middleburg, PA. So, we headed to Middleburg, PA, about 900 miles from our own Middleburg, Florida. We did find the shop which is still under renovation but they let Doris in for a look. As we expected they were much to proud of their wares and she didn't find anything worth the prices they were charging.

Tomorrow we head for Somerset in Southwest PA for a week of touring in that area.

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