Road Trip!June 29, 2009
As I noted earlier, we went on a road trip vacation. The least green aspect of our trip was the driving. We rented a vehicle; I had reserved a small SUV but came home with a full size one – a Ford Explorer. On one hand, we would have been truly packed in with the smaller vehicle; on the other hand, it was bigger than I would have liked and got 10mpg less than I’m used to (not that a small SUV would have done much better – but a little). Still, it could have been worse. In one parking lot I came out of the building to see our SUV next to a Cadillac Escalade – the Explorer was much smaller.
I had questioned my decision to rent for the trip. My Focus has been a good car and traveling East meant we’d rarely be far from a population center. But last year we had rented (a Chevy Trailblazer, again after requesting a small SUV – I detect a pattern) and within a few days of returning my car wouldn’t start – a situation that would have occurred somewhere in the middle of South Dakota. This year, soon after returning from vacation the Focus needed a total brake job. Once more my decision to rent for a big trip was vindicated.
The vacation itself was fantastic. We spent the first night near Cedar Point, OH. It was evening and chilly, but we made a point of going to see Lake Erie. My daughter had the nerve to test the waters, but the rest of us mostly got our rock skipping muscles back in shape.
The next day we arrived at Fair Haven State Park. We had rented a cottage sight unseen. The description was not encouraging but the price was remarkable. We were so pleasantly surprised! The cottage was much bigger than described and much nicer than we had expected.
The park itself is lovely. It is right on Lake Ontario but also includes a large pond. Both bodies of water are popular for fishing, which we don’t do. But there is also a large beach and some opportunity for hiking. We saw our share of wildlife too. On a hike our first full day we encountered no fewer than 4 large snakes. More pleasantly we also encountered geese and swans and a great blue heron.
We had assorted information about the park and the area, of course. Among the information was a list of the world’s most beautiful sunsets (who knows what the source was) and Fair Haven, NY was listed as number 2. We poo-pooed that – but then again… these pictures are from three different nights.
In the next installment, I’ll share some of our sightseeing.