Our trip from Boston,MA to Catskill, NY was an easy 190 miles along mostly interstate highways that cost us 16.56 in tolls. It's always amazed me how the interstate highway system can now be made toll roads when that wasn't the original intent at all. The federal government and our taxes played a large part in their building but now some states have placed tolls on them, mostly in the North-Central and North-East of our country.
We are staying at Brookside Campground which is about 9 miles outside of Catskill. We have a large 50 amp, full hookup, pull-through site with decent Verizon and an easy shot to the satellite. It is in a new section of the campground and the earth has settled a bit since it was made so the site leave a little to be desired, level wise. We were able to level but required a couple of boards under each front wheel to keep them on the ground.
Monday we went on a scenic drive loop along highways 23 and 23A. It was a pretty drive and we had planned to take the trail to Kaaterskill Falls but declined once we saw the trail itself. It was all rocks and we are getting too old to feel comfortable taking these kinds of trails as we are not near as agile as we once were. It was so hot Tuesday and Wednesday we just stayed in the Mothership and ran the A/Cs on HIGH!
Thursday we went on another scenic drive over to Arkville, NY where the Delaware and Ulster Railroad
station is located. We took the train on a two-hour round trip up to Roxbury through the heart of the Catskills. It wasn't as pretty a ride as we have had on other similar train rides but it was a relaxing train ride and we enjoyed it. At little excitement at the end of the trip occurred when the grass beside the track caught fire and grew to a pretty good size before they finally got it extinguished.
We awoke to rain Friday morning and it lasted to about 2:00 p.m. so we just stayed in until it finished. We has noticed a bunch of small cat statues through the downtown area of Catskill when we drove through it Sunday so in the afternoon we went in and walked the downtown streets. I included many pictures of the cats but believe me there were at least twice that many.
We had planned on going to the Round Top Raptor Center
Friday afternoon but the rain messed that up so we went there Saturday afternoon. It is only open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 in the afternoons. It turned out to be the highlight of this stay! The owner is Master Falconer
Gino Altimari and he gives a great talk on the birds and then brings several of them up for a closeup before letting one of them loose as he demonstrates how they come to his call. We were there almost 2.5 hours and enjoyed every minute. We found this attraction by a sign on the side of the road that we noticed driving back and forth to the campground. We never saw a brochure or flyer of any kind. It's amazing how we have found many of these unadvertised attractions to be the ones we liked best. The problem is finding out about them!
Tomorrow, Sunday, we head to Winfield in central Pennsylvania. We will stay there four nights.