|We spent August in New York, for two weeks we stayed at the Timberline Lake Campground in LeRoy, NY, 18 miles and one Thruway exit from my daughter Kristin and her husband Bill’s home in Henrietta. Timberline is another “real campground” right near the NYS Thruway and about as close as we could get to Henrietta. No frills, just camping in the great outdoors. The highlight of our visit to the area was spending time with Kris and Bill, the kids, Erin, Evan and Alexa and my great grandson Bentley. Kris takes care of Bentley at least 3 days a week so we got to spend a lot of time with him. He thinks we are pretty cool; of course arriving with presents every day helped our cause. He’s almost 3 and it doesn’t take much to impress him, a few cars, some blocks and our undivided attention. I don’t mean to brag but he sure is the cutest, sweetest and smartest little boy ever, just saying. My son Ken made the trip up from Binghamton, about 160 miles, to spend time with us one weekend, it was the first time we had all been together in a couple of years. It was great seeing them all again, they are what I miss most when we are on the road.
About the only sight seeing we did while in the area was to check out the JELLO Museum in LeRoy. JELLO was originally invented and then produced in LeRoy from the early 1900’s until 1964 when the production was moved to Dover, Delaware. The JELLO Museum houses a great collection of JELLO art, collectables and advertising memorabilia including the contributions that Bill Cosby made as a JELLO spokesperson for over 30 years, a fun place to visit.
One afternoon while making the trip to Henrietta we were held up in traffic at the Thruway entrance while the Presidential motorcade exited the Thruway at LeRoy so that President Obama could stop for lunch in Rochester. It seemed like forever but was only about 30 minutes, the bus passed us about 10 minutes after we were stopped but then we had to wait another 20 minutes until the Thruway reopened. It’s seems that the President’s visit tied up traffic all over upstate New York for a couple of days.
Our next stop was Berkshire, NY where we usually stay every summer at Bob’s sister Sue and her husband Scott’s summer retreat, a beautiful property way out in the countryside of upstate New York. As always we enjoyed spending time with Sue and Scott and their family, lots of wine time on the deck and great shared summer meals. Almost every summer while we are in the area Scott plans a “surprise” birthday party at camp for Sue. Scott and Sue have been married almost 50 years so as you can imagine, Sue has pretty much figured out that when her birthday comes around a party will be planned, we still try to pretend we aren’t planning anything until guests start to arrive. Still it makes a good excuse to get the whole family together and that’s what it is all about, surprise or no surprise. Even Bob’s Uncle Gene and Aunt Fran, their daughter Linda and her family made the trip from Dresden, NY for the party again this year, it is always great to see them.
Because we didn’t stay in Berkshire as long as usual we only made two trips into Binghamton this year, once to have lunch with Ken and another time to have lunch at my favorite restaurant of all time, Little Venice, with my friend Beth. Ken came out to camp to visit us on Labor Day and then our visit to New York was over. I will be missing my family in New York but I’m still looking forward to getting to our winter home, Foley, Alabama. We have given ourselves 6 weeks to make the trip.