We’re now in the Adirondacks!

 We’re now in the Adirondacks!

We've been busy this past week, first traveling into Canada for some camping along the northern shore if Lake Ontario, and then on to the province of Quebec where we attended a rally on the banks of the Ottawa River near Montreal,  put on by the French-speaking Leisure Travel Vans club of Quebec.

Now we're in the Adirondack Mountains of New York.

More than 80 Leisure Travel Vans were camped at the rally

We had a great time in Canada. Though neither of us speak French, many in the Quebec club also spoke English. When Jen and I spoke to the group, they provided a translator. Bottom line, communication presented no real problems, especially Saturday night when the music and dancing started as the stars came out overhead.

We got such a kick hearing them singing along with pop U.S. tunes from the 70's-80's with their French accents.

They made us feel so welcome and we had a wonderful time touring many of the 83 different LTV RVs that were boondocking with us along the river.

Many also came to see our van, the only one there on the 2019 Mercedes Benz chassis. At one point we had eight people inside and about 20 lined up outside waiting for our van to empty so they could go in.

It's always fun to see how others have modified their RVs and we came away with lots of ideas on things to add and change in our 2019 LTV Unity FX model, as well.

Best of all, we made a lot of new friends at this rally and we were very impressed about how well they had organized this event. Thanks to Jean-François Trépanier, the Co-founder and President, for inviting us up for the weekend. We had a ball!

Sunday, we left Montreal and made our way back across the U,S. border to New York, where we plan to spend a couple of weeks touring the beautiful Adirondack Mountains and nearby areas, We'll be researching what to see and where to stay for another one of our Seven Day RV Adventure Guides that will be coming out later this summer.

The photo at the top shows Jennifer and Bo on our hikes. This is such a beautiful area. The Adirondack Park was created by New York in 1892 to protect land and timber resources and  contains 85% of all wilderness in the eastern United States, greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined.

Mike and Bo overlooking the raging Ausable River in the Adirondacks

For the next couple days, we're camped in the Adirondack High Peaks area near Lake Placid. We can see the Whiteface Mountain’s ski runs made for the 1980 Olympics. Right next to where we are camped, rapids swirl along the Ausable River, which have carved out a spectacular canyon to our east. Southwest is the famed the Adirondack Museum’s history exhibits. There are lots of beautiful clean lakes surrounded by lush forests and dozens of small charming towns to visit. To the south and west, the Finger Lakes region and wine country also beckons.

And we look forward to leisurely hiking, exploring and discovering this special area.

We're considering scheduling a Meet and Greet somewhere in the Adirondacks Saturday the 16th if June. If we nail down a place and time, we'll post it in Instagram (follow me at #rvlifestylemike) and on our RV Lifestyle Facebook Group.

Last night in our RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube we did our weekly “Ask Us Anything” live stream from our campsite in the mountains. Here's the replay:

Please feel free to pass along your suggestions about what we should see and do while here. So far, it's been pretty dog friendly, so we're hoping Bo can accompany us during most of our exploring.

 

 

Mike Wendland

Mike Wendland is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road at RVLifestyle.com. He and Jennifer also host the weekly RV Podcast and do twice-weekly videos on the YouTube RV Lifestyle Channel. They have written 10 books on RV travel.

5 Comments

  • If you get down near Raquette Lake, visit Brown Tract Pond SP. Nothing fancy, just good Adirondack camping. I spent every summer there as a kid. I visited last year for the first time in 30 years and it was almost exactly the same.

  • Hi Jen and Mike,

    Just a thought if you are traveling the the 401 from Windsor there is the 407. It is a toll highway that starts at Milton ON and allows you to miss the heavy traffic threw Toronto. It is finished up to Oshawa Where you can pick up the 401 east again. They are madly building a few more miles east every year. No cash is required a picture is taken of your plate when you get on and off and the bill is mailed to you. Personally I think it’s worth it. It used to be that just rush hour was bad around TO but now it seems to be 24/7 Regards to you both. Jane Omand Barrie Ontario

  • Hi Jen & Mike,
    We have a summer camp north of Lake Placid, and we just love the Adirondacks. We waived to you in Lake Placid a few days ago! There is so much to do and see here. Two suggestions… There’s a nice Visitor’s Interpretive Center in Paul Smith’s operated by the college that has beautiful easy groomed trails for walking with Bo. Naturalist led walks, canoe trips and a butterfly house are also available. A schedule of events can be found at http://www.paulsmiths.edu/vic/. Another fun thing to do is to rent a pontoon boat at the Saranac Lake Marina just off Rt3 and explore the beautiful Lower Saranac and Middle Saranac Lakes. Saranaclakemarina.com. Enjoy!

  • We will be there in a few days. Are sites generally available without reservations?

  • Ymake sure you stop in Tupper lake and visit “the wild center “ a museum and more!! Even an educational tree top walk ! Happy trails!!

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