Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Our First RV Party

On Monday afternoon we invited our son Greg, his girl friend Jenny and Aunt Josie and Uncle Willy for a BBQ at our camp site here in Trumbauersville. Every one got to see our rolling home with the slide-outs open and everything operational. The weather was dicey for a picnic but after enjoying some time together inside the rain stopped and we were able to eat outside and have a camp fire. Our party was on September 28, our son Zach's birthday. Aunt Josie had made a birthday cake for him so we sang happy birthday to Zach and Mom and Greg blew out the candles. We miss you Zach!

Trumbauersville, PA

We made the 190 mile trip in about 4 hours despite taking a scenic route along the Delaware River. This route also gave us an opportunity to practice our big-rig driving skills through some small villages and some more urban shopping areas.

We arrived at Homestead Campground about an hour before it started to rain and were greeted by a friendly manager who asked me to hop in her golf cart so she could show me the site she had in mind for us. We were very satisfied and got all set up and comfortable in about a half hour. Tired and hungry we went out for a bite to eat and ended up at Hobo's. Now, generally we don't like Chili's, Applebee's, TGI Friday's etc. but Hobo's was offering wings and cold beer so what the heck. We were pleasantly surprised with good service and food at a reasonable price. We would go back again any time and look for another franchise when travelling.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

We visit Lover's Leap

Sometimes the sights in your own backyard are often overlooked. When I was in my teens, Lover's Leap in New Milford, CT, was a nice place to stop just off an old country dirt road. Today the bridge and gravel road are closed to vehicles and the whole area is a state park. The bridge, closed to vehicular traffic in 1977, is now used for foot traffic only to allow hikers to cross the river from the parking area to the trail that leads to Lover's Leap. The bridge has been beautifully restored and is an interesting reminder of days gone by. Built in 1895 at a cost of $7,938, the bridge was named "Fall's Bridge" due to the water falls that once flowed in the gorge below. The falls disappeared when the valley was flooded to create Lake Lillinonah in 1955. The falls played a big part in how Lover's Leap got its name. The sign post reads "The park contains a breathtaking river gorge, made famous by the Indian legend of Chief Waramaug's beautiful daughter, Princess Lillinonah. She canoed to her death in the "Great Falls" when her white lover did not return after visiting his people. Upon his return, he saw her in the rapids and leaped to his death in an attempt to save her". Reminds me of Romeo and Juliet; sooo sad.

Nice details on the old iron bridge

Onward to the trail

Martha takes in the famous view

Shallow cove near the base of the cliff

Bridge and Lover's leap to the right