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.