The long SLOW trip back to Texas

LOCATION: Wellesley Island in the Thousand Islands, NY

CAMPGROUND: Wellesley Island State Park. Beautiful sites. Right on St. Lawrence River. Full hook-ups. Paved, long sites. $38/night. Only downside is that there is not a bathroom in our loop. 4 stars out of 5.

WEATHER: Beautiful. Sunny and high of 65

Today, we continued our slow way back to Texas. We started our ReidsontheRoad travels in August, 2015 and have camped all over North America as well as doing housesitting assignments all over the world. We built a “tiny house” in southern Texas last year, and will spend a few months there each year, in the winter. We were there last for a week in June, after a European housesitting trip. We left in June with our Airstream, and drove to North Carolina, enjoying Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds along the way.

We spent 10 days in a charming seafront village in North Carolina housesitting a friendly dog and 2 cats. It was a nice break from camping. From there, we drove north to escape summer’s heat. We spent several weeks in beautiful New England – Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

Then, we began our Canadian leg of this trip. We met up with our Nova Scotia camping friends, Tony and Jenny in New Brunswick, and spent several weeks with them in various New Brunswick provincial parks. After they returned home, we headed north to Quebec. Our plan was to circle the Gaspe’ Peninsula, then head north to Labrador. Our plan changed, however, when George had a heart attack in far eastern Gaspe. We hope to do Labrador and the parts of Quebec that we missed another year.

After 26 days in hospitals and a positive recovery, we drove to Burlington, Vermont. We had a great time there in that hip town, and left today to start our way back to Texas.

We drove about 200 miles. To go southwest, we had to start by going north, around Lake Champlain and around the Adirondack Mountains. We made a big circle, and started following the St. Lawrence River. It was an interesting drive, mostly through countryside and small towns. We drove through Amish territory, passing a few horse and buggy carts and through Indian reservation towns, with lots of tobacco shops and casinos. Then, along the St. Lawrence.

We arrived at our lovely campsite about 3:30 and got unhooked. Since George cannot lift anything heavy or do much reaching/maneuvering, I am the one who now does the hook-ups and disconnects. It is VERY complicated. He is the supervisor, and I am the “worker”.

DINNER: Shrimp sauteed with onions, capers, and artichoke hearts in a garlic butter sauce over thin spaghetti. Side was carrots in a dill sauce. Quite tasty!

One thought on “The long SLOW trip back to Texas

  1. Dan & Judy Robertson

    Happy Birthday, Karmen! Hope you have a wonderful day!
    I saw that our PBS station is running a program tonight about The Mayo Clinic, narrated by Ken Burns. I have it set to record. Don’t know if you can get it where you are, but maybe you can catch it later. Happy Trails!


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