Category: New York

Road Trip – Day 2, New York to Ohio

We left right on time this morning, just a few minutes before 8am.  We arrived safely in Mentor, Ohio just after 4pm.  It was an uneventful trip.  We have another nice hotel – although it’s a Best Western, it’s a step above the regular ones.

Some photos from the drive:

The morning started out foggy, but never got too bad. We saw a lot of road construction today – never got stuck in traffic, but it did limit our overall speed.
Cows … in a field … in the fog.
We see some blue sky peeking in and out as we drive along after a couple of hours.
I’m pretty sure this is an Alien Spaceship disguised as a grain silo …
Always nice to see creative advertising. (Is this the National Ready Mix Concrete Association’s latest promotional campaign?)
I’m surprised we didn’t stop here.
We drove through the state of New York, and entered Pennsylvania for a short time. Then we crossed into Ohio. Lou snapped a pic of the Ohio state sign with his iPhone, because I was napping. I also wanted to get photos as we passed by Erie, PA for Jeannette. I was, however, taking a nap, and Lou said I was snoring. So, I got this sign as we left the Flying J Gas Station about 30 miles before arriving at our destination.
Our room is very nice. It looks a little small here.
That’s because it is a Suite, with a small living room and desk area. All for $114.

This motel had a restaurant on site, and we were allowed to take Natasha as long as we ate on the patio. This was a nice treat, compared to our usual Pizza or Subway in the room.

Not sure how well the photos came out … I’m using my other computer, since my wine-infused MacBook may be dying a slow death, and I don’t have the colors calibrated.

Tomorrow is a long day – 460 miles to Effingham, Illinois.  We are certainly seeing parts of the country that are not on everyone’s radar.

You Took a Ferry ???


Today’s journey took us from Saratoga Springs to Franconia, New Hampshire.  We got there via the ferry across Lake Champlain.  We caught the Ferry in Port Kent, NY and ended up in Burlington, Vermont.

Not everyone would drive a few hours out of their way to take a Ferry – but, we would … and did.  It was a great drive, as the first part was through the Adirondack Mountains, then the Ferry, and lastly through Vermont.

It was a short day, as we were checked in by 3pm, took a nap, and got pizza at a local Tavern.  Another good day. One more to go.


The drive through the Adirondacks was pretty – lots of green rolling hills and some lakes. We passed the sign for Lake Placid, home of the Winter Olympics when the USA won the Gold in Hockey.  I didn’t get a photo of the sign.  I was chastised.

We made it to Port Kent with 30 minutes to spare to catch the 11am Ferry.  We waited in line, Natasha took care of business, and we were soon onboard.  Some photos from the hour long cruise:


Natasha was very popular on the Ferry, getting lots of attention.

the other Ferry coming back from Burlington – we looked just like this, except going the other way…actually, we looked just like this, since the ferries don’t turn around

There were lots of sailboats out on the water, as people enjoyed a warm Sunday

One more gratuitous puppy shot – Tasha enjoyed the wind and was once again surprisingly well-behaved.


Driving through Burlington, Vermont – one of the University of Vermont Buildings, and someone’s head. 


We were soon driving through Montpelier, Capitol of Vermont.  Here is the Capitol Building – in the trees.  Some people might stop for a photograph, but not us.  We are now in Drive-Mode (to be fair, all I have to do is ask, and Lou will stop, but I never think about it until it’s too late).


The Vermont countryside – as beautiful as we remembered from last year’s trip.



More drive-by beauty in Vermont

There are a lot of churches in Vermont.  This one is in Franconia, the small town in the White Mountains where we are staying tonite.

That’s enough for tonight.  We only have about a 4 hour trip tomorrow, depending on how often we stop.  Will report in from Camden, and also finish up our Skyline Drive pics and the Flea Bag Motel Review.

Altamont New York

We left Harrisburg yesterday morning for a leisurely drive to New York. We stayed out of the big cities, and spent the evening at the Altamont Old Stone House B&B. We’re the only folks here, so it’s very quiet. Drove a short distance last night into town for dinner at the local Pizzeria.

Took a few photos on my walk this morning.