Sunday morning, we got up and went on a little adventure. We drove a couple of hours to Allegany State Park where the park was basically filled to capacity! Instead of taking our camper along with us on this trip, we took tents. I had a sneaky feeling this trip was going to be really different!
We pulled into the campground and were given a choice of three sites from which to choose. The girl at the desk advised Mark to take a certain site, so we did. In driving over to take a look, one a couple of sites down was better. The kids began to set up tents and we drove back to the administration building to switch sites. As soon as I told the girl, she informed me the better site had just been taken. Great! So, we rushed back to tell the kids we couldn’t take the better site.
We set up on the smaller cite and as I looked around, I could not believe how many people were there! The campground was totally packed, save for the one site we decided not to take. It was near the restrooms and I had visions of people coming by all night long, making Angus and Murphy restless.
As it was, we were next to some people with a Lab that tried to walk into one tent and jump into our truck. Why should anyone obey the six-foot leash law, after all? Argh! Our little boys stayed in the truck much of the time so they wouldn’t get nervous and bark…there were so many “wandering” dogs!
Later on, the last site was taken by two guys on motorcycles. They were rather interesting…the next morning, I saw them lying on the ground, wrapped in blankets mummy-style! They slept out under the stars!!!! That was interesting. Oh, and the stars? They were totally awesome!
Here are the very few photos I took at the park.
I love this photo! The little girl was playing in the stream and the light from the setting sun was filtering in so nicely, highlighting the girl like a spotlight!
so, why did the turkey cross the road? Yes, this turkey was just enjoying a Saturday evening stroll along the road.
I must admit at this point that I am one spoiled rotten camper. Yes, I was missing our camper….terribly! I missed the comfort of the couch and chair, a nice little kitchen, running water, and yes, even the air conditioner! As evening rolled around, so did the thick smell of smoke. Everyone had a campfire!
Mark found out there were going to be fireworks at Quaker Lake at 10 pm. We went and I (foolishly) took the new camera. Too bad I didn’t take the Nikon…I would have gotten more and much better pictures.
For some reason, the Canon had some trouble with the more colorful fireworks, but that is okay. After all, the very ***best*** display of color was on our way to the fireworks.
When we got back, we decided to do something we never do when camping! We made a campfire! Michelle was tired, so Ben, Mark, and I sat around our little cozy fire and chatted. It was pretty late when we started the fire, so we knew we were going to be staying up late. We were so enjoying ourselves.
Then it happened. The Scotties were in the truck and we heard a distinct “click” sound. Yes sir…Angus had locked the power windows on the truck. Everything we needed was inside the truck…including both sets of keys! So….Ben and I took a later-than-midnight stroll about a mile long to the admin building! We walked along the bike path, and although the stars were beautiful, it was dark!
When we arrived, I told the police we had a rather unfortunate situation at our site. After explaining the problem, one of the officers said they bought a kit for just such a time as this. He reassured me we were not the first to have this happen. In fact, he said one night, he opened five doors with keys locked inside!
The officer was so incredibly sweet. He worked on the door until finally the latch popped! Angus and Murphy were such good boys. They never barked or carried on at all, even though this man with a strange looking glow-in-the-dark wire was intruding their space at one o’clock in the morning!
Ah yes, nothing like a good crisis to end the day! The officer told us he would hate to think anyone would ever call a locksmith in Olean to get their door open. He said he thinks the base charge is $250. And, he said the locksmith knows the police can do it for free!
Ah yes, the fun times living with Scotties. And, speaking of Scotties, here is a photo of Angus as we were driving to the campground along the park road. We weren’t going very fast and he thought the air was smelling very fine….
I thought he looked all the world just like a black bear cub!