The Greatest Road Trip USA? - Our Round USA Road Tour.
The State of New York, USA
Part of a year long trip from Sept ’94 - Sept ’95 through 36 USA States and 2 Canadian Provinces by Jean and Graham Beven in ‘Serendipity’ their 30 foot Winnebago Chieftain.
New York - Round Trip USA
We only 10 days in the state of New York, USA as there was nothing on our must see list of places to visit.
There are however six National Wildlife Refuges, eighteen National Parks and ---- State Parks in the state of New York.
The State Tourist Office for the state of New York, USA is: New York Division of Tourism - 1 Commerce Plaza, Albany, NY532
13th August 1995 From Evans City, Pennsylvania. to Fredonia, New York State. Via Dunkirk, New York. Reached the Great Lakes today. Driving stopped for tea at Dunkirk – Fishing licence too expensive in NY! So just sat by Lake Erie and watched other folk fishing. Overnighted at Wal-Mart, Fredona, NY.
14th Travelled from Fredona, NY. to Niagara Falls, New York. via Buffalo, New York. 142 miles. On the road today had a little trouble with the vehicle cooling pump which, because it affects our mpg, we had to replace in Buffalo. Fitted an after market unit as none of the GM dealers stocked the cooling pump! We arrived at the falls after dark. Although lit up – the spray gave for poor visibility – so coming back tomorrow. Got our shipping date for ‘Dippy’ today 15th or 17th September. Stayed at Wal-Mart via Hwy 104.
15th All day at Niagara Falls.
Took the ‘Maid of The Mist’ boat trip under the falls! A brilliant experience - being tossed about by the eddy under the Horseshoe Falls - Covered in mist.
Have since named our narrowboat "Maid Of The Mist"
Went through ‘The Cave of The Winds’ – Got very wet again!
We Started the day wet and ended the day wet but it was all awesome! Parked on Goat Island and took the ‘Tractor Train’ all around the place. Took the train to the Museum and Generating Station. Travelled a bit downstream to see the 'Whirlpools' where there is a cable car over a wide eroded part of the river bank.
Overnight at Wal-Mart again.
16th From Niagara Falls to Webster, New York. via the ‘Whirlpool’ where there were the most fantastic rainbows. Sorting out the paperwork for shipping and driving most of the day. Travelled 121 miles today. Walked on the shore of Lake Ontario. Much to our surprise there were waves crashing on the beach, just like at the sea-side.
17th From Webster, NY. to Watertown, New York. via Selkirk Shores State Park. Spent most of the afternoon sunning ourselves on the shores of Lake Ontario. Would love to have been fishing but far too expensive! Camped at Wal-Mart, Watertown, NY.
18th Stayed around the Watertown, NY. area. Travelled along the side of the St. Lawrence Seaway. No big ships seen. Saw the 'Thousand Islands' that the sea food sauce was named after!
19th Moved 84 miles from Watertown, NY. to Cranberry Lake camping in a grassy area, just off the highway, by the banks of a creek that flows into the lake. Met two hunter gatherers – real backwoodsmen!
20th August 1995 Left New York State. Travelled from Cranberry Lake, NY. to Rumford, Maine. A long driving day though two scenic states. 351 miles! Overnighted in a Rest Area near Rumford, Maine.
Back into New York State - New York City Tour and Stay.
9th Sept 95 Visited the twin towers of The World Trade Centre. 'Welcome to the world' From the 107th floor A quarter of a mile high in the sky! at the observation deck you could see most of New York City. We also went onto the Rooftop Promenade - which was the world's highest outdoor platform.
10th - Took the LIberty Ferry from Battery Park in New York - Visited Ellis Island - The symbol of American immigration for more than 60 years to 1954 the 'immigration depot' processed some 12 million people. Today their descendents make up around 40% of the current population of the USA. The main Museum is the original clearing hall. There are thirty or so galleries filled with artifacts, photos and oral histories. There are two theatres with award winning movies showing the history of the depot. There is a computer - genealogy section where you can trace any relations you may believe entered the USA here.
Our next stop on the Liberty Ferry was the Statue of Liberty National Monument. We waited in line to enter the statue and climb the equivalent of 22 stories to the crown. You have to be determined and fit to make the trip up! The ascent and decent, in the statue of liberty inside, took around 3 hours from start to finish! As you can see from the Statue of Liberty picture - The 'windows' you can see behind us are the jewels in the crown.
You used to be able to climb up a ladder into the Statue of Liberty's Torch in Liberty's hand but this was stopped long before we arrived!
The museum in the pedestal had many interesting exhibits relating to the statue, a gift from the people of France and the artist Auguste Bartholdi.
The statue was erected in Paris and completed in 1884 where it stood until it was dismantled and sent to America in 1885. Conceived as the embodiment of political freedom and as a gift of international friendship - Liberty Enlightening the World - The Statue of Liberty has become an almost universal symbol for people in search of opportunity and freedom still. Through the statue of liberty's torch!
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