We were invited months ago to attend by Airstream and NOVA Buds Dan and Dawn Bihary. The great adventure began on Thursday, July 9th.
Five miles out from home we wondered if this would be an underwater event as It had been raining record amounts for weeks. Every ditch, creek, river and pond along the way was full -- plus lots of streets, fields, and parking lots!
Leaving the house at noon our first stop was 3 hours down the road in Lagrange, Ohio to visit with Lou and Larry and meet up with Dan and Dawn. Our final destination for the night was another 4 hours down the road for a little parking-lot boondocking at the Seneca Allegheny Casino in Salamanca, NY, just two hours short of the Finger Lakes.
At 8:00 Friday morning we all walked to the casino for a breakfast buffet. We left the Casino at 10:00 and drove for a couple hours before leaving the Interstate on NY Route 54 and 17 miles of rolling hills sandwiched in-between twp of the the Finger Lakes. We arrived at noon and rubbernecked our way around the most famous racetrack infield . . . to our campsite.
By 12:30 we were all set up in our Lot "F" at the Watkins Glen International Speedway campground. The speedway has lots A-F for camping with a total of about 500 sites. We're talking open, grassy fields, mostly uneven, with a few sparse clumps of trees. Following this rainy season, the fields were not in bad shape -- if the cars tread lightly. We dug a small rut during our final backup, but managed not to get stuck. There were tractors on duty all around assisting people that were not so lucky. Once parked, the grass was thick and a nice foundation for a camping weekend. The temperature was in the high-70's and nicely over-cast, and our awning and small shelter provided nice cover for a little lawn-chair session in the afternoon. Here are some peeks of our set-up.
All that sittin' and talkin' led to a formulation of an evening plan -- a trip into Watkins Glen for dinner and a walk of the famous grotto. There was plenty of time for a little shopping . . . a little eating . . . and a little stroll. Check back for the details.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown