Friday, 16 May 2014

Jersey City NJ to Stonington CT (238 Kms=148 Miles)

We managed to snake and crawl our way out of the Jersey City/New York area by about 12 pm.

Just to review, the campground, Liberty Harbor RV & Marina was a great place to stay. It is nothing fancy. Just a gravel and pavement parking lot. Services in the way of bathroom and laundry are fine. My only two gripes were that: Ladies....if the management puts a code system on the bathroom door, it is in your own best interest to make sure that you actually take .1 of a second to SHUT the door behind you!! There is also an exercise gym attached to the washroom/laundry building and they also have the code. The other gripe is the lousy internet. They do have a provider that just sucked. We could not, for the most part get it to diret us to their site so we could log in properly. Stupid system.

All in all, for $80 it is very expensive. BUT, if you want to visit NYC with ease this is the best place to come. It is safe here and relatively clean with the above noted little things. I would challenge someone to find a nice clean hotel room this close to NYC for $80 per night. I don't believe it could be done....

So, here are a few driving pictures from the day:

 

This was an appropriate sign!!

Somewhere on the NYC side.....

 
We basically put our faith in the GPS system and just followed where ever she said to go to get out of town. We did have to pay a $13 toll to go through the Holland Tunnel and another $1.25 to go somewhere else (not sure which road it was on). All went well and we had no problems. The big city traffic doesn't bother us because we are used to it, being from Vancouver and also because we just drive a regular size vehicle.
 
We decided to first head a bit north up to Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. We followed the Sleepy Hollow TV series.....you know, Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman fame? Anyway, there was NO headless horseman running around. We were disappointed and thusly left town!!
 
But, neat little town and it was settled in 1640!! YIKES!! That is 136 years before the signing of the Declaration of Independence! I could almost feel the history trying to crawl and claw it's way out from underneath those paved streets!!
 
Pretty spot:
 
This part is Tarrytown....butt they were like one community to our eyes.

 
 
 
 
 
  
 

 

 
So, after cruising through Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, we worked our way back south through to Hwy 95. We crossed into yet another new state!! Connecticut!! I would imagine that if I could have got their highway sign on camera, they would have been most welcoming!! Here is their flag. It is blue:
 
 
 
Yes, very blue flag!!

 
So we arrived at Seaport RV Resort and Campground. It was another in a long series of campgrounds in our Passport America book. Good value in that membership for sure! We got 2 nights for $44 total. On the weekend, Friday and Saturday, they don't usually take PA so we were very happy they were so obliging to us!
 
This was one of these "Mom & Pop" parks for many years. It has recently been bought out by Sun Resorts. They are another of several companies that goes around buying up old resorts and putting a ton of money into them and trying to get them operating well. We have had some good luck with these types of places but not always. The most recent poor one was the Virginia Landing Park (with the Hurricane Sandy damage still).
 
Anyway, this park has had $1.5 million put into it. It has a new office, common room, camp store.  brand new pool facility. All the other out buildings have had lots of money put into renovations and it shows. They have tried to keep the campground feel to it so far. Lots of new playground areas, new brick paths. Good job so far and good value for us.
 
The only pending problem we had was the storm on fast approach to this area. When we left New York they were being warned of huge rainfalls resulting in possible flash flooding (yup, travel with the Beglaws - we will show you Mother's Nature fury sometimes!!). With this storm knowledge, we decided to stay on for 2 days. Check out the pictures below. The skies don't look too friendly!! 

View out the side window. This place must
have the largest sites we have ever seen!!
 
New playground.....
 
 

All set up at Site #16

Main building on the left side.....
 
Main office building.....
  
Nice new pool...
 
 Doug will patiently wait for the sun to return!!

...still waiting!!
  
 
There are two groups in this park that are having a rallies. One is right behind us and they are the North Shore Clam Diggers from the Massachusetts area. There are about 10 or 12 rigs with them. they are pretty friendly and 3 or 4 of the guys have been over to check out Euri!! They have even invited us to their big supper under the large tent that just went up. The second group is the Northeast Truck & Camper people. there are at least 30-35 rigs here for that. (Paula & Jerry - do you know this group?). anyway, everyone is very friendly and seems to be having a good time.
 
We will see what the weather brings!!
 
Peace....
 
Thought for the Day: The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new...Socrates

2 comments:

  1. NYC looks amazing. U saw a lot in a short time. To bad the weather wasn't better, but u always make the best of it which is good cause u probably won't be back again. I would like to go some day before I get to old so can't wait to long. Ha. Safe travels. Luv u.

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  2. Nancy, we sure do know that group....we're actually members!!! I meant to mention it to you for the last few days but did not get right to the computer when the thought crossed my mind, so you know what happens . . . I'm sure they would have been very happy to adopt you and Doug, too! Sounds like you had a fun time there. Enjoy all the coastal areas you are about to explore!

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