Cedar Point State Park sits on the St. Lawrence River as it approaches Lake Ontario. With a beach, a dock and a boat launch, its appeal is all about the water. The campground sites were pretty tight, but we managed to get into our full hook-up site without too much difficulty. (Of course anything would be easier than the last one at Hamlin Beach.)
It has been almost six years since we last pulled into Robert Moses State Park on the St. Lawrence near Massena NY. At that time, we were on our way back from Alaska. Our reason for staying here were the same now as then – to visit our grandson Jayden living nearby. While we had visited with him many times in the intervening years while he was in Virginia, this year was our turn to travel north to see him.
Leaving Massena on a Monday, we headed a short distance east to a private campground, still within 6 miles of the Canadian border. The park was aptly named for the sound coming from the nearby Salmon River, which provided a soothing background noise as it rushed over the rocks nearby. The heat had finally subsided, so we were treated to a week of fall-like weather that made our explorations all the more enjoyable. While we didn’t know exactly what we would find in this remote northeast corner of NY, our week-long stay found enough to make our visit interesting – a visit to Almanzo Wilder’s farm, a relaxing horse-ride, and a rousing dance band and BBQ on Friday night. Oh, and Dave got to exchange internet installation ideas with some contractors on site.
After a week at Babbling Brook, it was time to move on, and our travels turned south for the first time since leaving FL in May. Our stop was a Harvest Host site called Tug Hill, just east of the tiny town of Lowville. The winery was indeed on a hill, with a commanding view of the farms and windmills that stretched out in all directions. The winery buildings sat amidst large fields of blueberries and grapes and smaller sections of apple orchards and flowers.
This face was carved into a tree at the Nature Center within Robert Moses State Park.