Roaming through 2008 travel blog

Pleasant Valley Winery Front.

Pleasant Valley Winery Original Front Door

Grape Vines in New York State. Who knew?

Very Young Wine or Raisins on the vine?

We're searching for something, somewhere . . .


After the very interesting arrival in Bath, I still have trouble shaking that fear from my system at the road we passed. This is something that has to be seen to be believed, and unfortunately, Sharon wasn't taking pictures as we passed through.

But we really liked the campground in Bath. It was amazingly quiet at night and though it was quite busy during the day, it never seemed to get out of control and people were cordial and friendly.

The wine route run was interesting. We found an old winery that you could see the glory of it's old days, but it really appeared that times have not been so good to it. The ownership has changed several times in recent years, not the least of which was Seagrams and Coca Cola. Each change of ownership has taken it's toll on the company. They don't seem to have a lot of recent vintage wines. We had a great tour of the facility though. Most visitors to the wineries seem interested more in sampling than touring. We were weird, I guess because we wanted the tour. So we actually had a private tour with just the two of us and the tour guide. We got to walk around into areas off the regular tour. We were told it typically took 45 minutes to an hour and we were there for almost 3 hours. As usual, I had plenty of questions and I like to explore, but it all seemed OK. The sampling wasn't nearly as much fun to be honest.

We stopped at another winery that was highly recommended by another guest at the campground, but that one had very little interest in tours, rather they seemed to want to sell the samples. This winery appeared to be much more successful than the previous one, but I personally didn't enjoy it nearly as much.

There is a museum near Bath in Hammondsport that's mostly filled with information on Glenn H. Curtiss. Quite an interesting personality. He was involved in various motorised vehicles including motorcycles and airplanes. I know the name and logo from someplace and it's been bugging me since I saw it, but I can't recall where I've seen it before. Anyway, interesting location and worth the $7.50 it cost us to tour. For some reason they had an Indiana Jones display, complete with artifacts from the movie, so of course we had to have a photo taken.

We were supposed to leave on Sunday, but after careful consideration, I decided I wasn't anxious to drive yet. So we stayed another night. Because we didn't have our share of bad news - by the way, the weather was still quite spectacular - we had an alternate water issue with the RV. Anyone familiar with our last trip to Ottawa might remember that we had a water pipe burst, well, it happened again. I don't know who installed that darned water tap, but I sure wish they'd used better piping. Alternatively, I wish the guy who winterised our RV would have checked it a bit closer. In case you wondered, I winterise my own RV. I'm not sure why these things always happen sometime in the early morning (about 1:00 am), but cleaning up quietly at that hour of the morning isn't a whole lot of fun.

Anyway, next day in the trip is to head to Ottawa, but maybe we'll be stopping in Smiths Falls.

When I have a bit better Internet connection, I'll post some pictures.



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