2016 Summer Retreat - Evading the heat? travel blog

Vineyards along Lake Erie

Pink elephant at one of the wineries

Strange city ign in Brocton, NY

Dolly Dimples

Fanciest WalMart we've ever seen

Road to Canada

Huge bar across the street from the Buffalo Sabres arena

Line waiting to cross the border

Winnie at Fourmile Creek State Park

Old time travel trailer at the park

Freighter moving up Lake Ontario

Twilight along the lake shore

Sun setting into the lake

Another sunset

Sun is gone

Toronto beginning to light up

Sue riding the PeeWee Herman cruiser for the first time


We left Erie and dove along the Lake Erie shore on US 20 to Four Mile Creek State Park on the shores of Lake Ontario. It's 15 or 20 miles north of Buffalo, NY near Youngstown. The park is really nice with wide sites, a lot of grass, and enough trees to provide some shade. The only drawback is that there are no water or sewer hook-ups so we are semi-boondocking for the next 3 days. After setting up camp, we went into Youngstown to get some groceries and drive through Old Fort Niagara. It was manned by the US Army from the 1860's through the early 1960's. It served as a German POW camp in 1944-45. Now it's primarily a park with a lot of soccer fields. We didn't spend much timeshare because the ice we bought was melting so we'll probably go back again to see what else it there.

The Lake Erie shoreline along US 20 and NY 5 is lined with grape vineyards. It seemed like any open spot of ground has grape vines growing, even yards in some of the towns. The highway is know as the Chautauqua Wine Trail and has plenty of wineries along the way. Since we'll be in NY for the next couple of weeks and have plenty of opportunities to stop we decided not to stop on the drive to Four Mile Creek.

We're just across the lake from Toronto. Just after we got here I got a text from AT&T asking if I wanted to add an international package to my phone account. If not, called are $1/min, texts are $0.50, and data $2.05/MB - expensive. At least they warned me this time, when we went to Vancouver in 2008 I didn't find out until I had over $1,000 in charges. This time I called AT&T to tell them I am not in Canada and wanted to make sure I didn't get charged if we were pinging off a Canadian tower. Apparently they are able to block that. We'll see. Theater thing about the park is that there's no WiFi and cell coverage is spotty. I'm using my phone to post this so we'll see how that goes. Stay tuned.

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