Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Family Road Trip to Watkins Glen NY - June 2017

As I sit chowing down on a brie-on-ciabatta sandwich here in Watkins Glen, I realize how RVing has changed in the over decade now we have been blessed to have travelled in RoadAbode. We still all enjoy exploring places, but actual "downtime" seems to be more of a priority. Reading,  coloring (yes adult coloring books are a thing) or playing card games - and NOT being weighed by responsibility I've been discovering are just as much fun as developing "the plan" of how we are to spend every waking moment of our vacation. Just feeling blessed to spend time together as we all get older.
That's not to say we still don't have to deal with work issues. We spend at least a few minutes a day answering questions, even signing in to resolve an issue or two. But only when needed, and not the constant worry of years past.

Childhood pastimes are still fun
So for this trip, I had an inkling of where and what to do, but left plenty of time to either discover some new things, or just some down time. We had plans that would work in case of rainy days, and sunny days. That was about the extent of planning.

Things not to miss in Watkins Glen 
The Gorge is beautiful. Even though the entrance in under a reconstruction, it's still a great hike. We like to find some free street parking down on tenth street, (near the Police station) then walk up to just outside the gift shop and catch the shuttle to the top entrance of the gorge. The shuttle is $5 each, but worth it to do the walk only one way - downhill. Just remember to turn around to see some of the incredible swirling waters in the gorge.
Yours truly, hamming it up on the start of our hike

One of many beautiful waterfalls on the Watkins Glen Gorge Trail

In the Village of Watkins Glen check out the eateries and shops. I was able to pickup a lightweight raincoat at a  keen price. Take a stroll all the way to Seneca Harbor Station - and enjoy a dinner view of the lake - or better yet - ON the lake with a   dinner cruise.

Take a boat ride on Seneca Lake
Seneca  Lake at Dusk

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