Summer 2017 - Great Lakes travel blog

Carl, Renee,and John

Galley's Pool

Beautiful Galley Backyad View

Elliott Dog Park

Elliott Dog Park


We had a mostly uneventful border crossing back into the United States. The only catch was that we were in a lane that was six lanes from the right-most lane when a worker informed us that we needed to be in the right-hand lane. He proceeded to stop traffic to enable us to cross over five lanes of traffic to get to the proper spot. It all worked out and the rest was easy.

The GPS was set for Camping World as we left customs. However, it apparently and suddenly changed its mind! Google Girl directed us to Exit 7 off I-190 but then switched to Exit 8. I thought that she had found a backup on route 5 and was taking us around it. We followed the directions as she led us through city streets until she said, “your destination is 100 yards ahead on the left – Mister Pizza!” We have no idea how she decided we were looking for Mister Pizza – but that was where she took us. We reentered Camping World and, a half hour later, arrived there.

For lunch we returned to Hoak’s Restaurant where we had lunched during our last Camping World visit. It’s a good restaurant on Lake Erie. As soon as we finished lunch our air conditioner had been repaired so we returned to Camping World, hooked up, and head out on the short trip to our campground destination.

We were happily surprised upon our arrival at AA Royal Motel and Campground. Most of the time rv sites at motels are substandard and bare minimum. But here we found a nice pull thru site with foliage – but not satellite blocking foliage – and 50-amp full hookup with some wifi on site. The park was a little tight especially when it became full over the weekend.

We have spent five nights here and found a really good Greek-American restaurant, The Olympia, right across the street. We took advantage of the opportunity to get together with Carl and Renee Galley, Dunedin neighbors. They showed us around the area around the Erie Canal and Niagara River. We also had a chance to visit their lovely home near Amherst and had a nice local-flavor dinner at a nearby pub.

I found a nice bike path for running along Ellicott Creek. Today I returned to Ellicott Park with the intent of walking Annie on the trail. But when we arrived I found a sign at a bridge saying, “Ellicott Dog Park.” We crossed the bridge and were delighted to find the very best dog park we have ever seen. It appeared that the park was formerly an island picnic ground that has been turned into a doggy park. The entire island was open to off-leash roaming and swimming. Annie went into the water three times and romped around the park visiting lots of other dogs.

Today is Canada Day as the Canadians celebrate their 150th birthday. As July 4 approaches, our space here is booked for tomorrow. So, we needed to find a new location to park. Fortunately, we were able to book a full=hookup site at 50 Point Conservation Park in Ontario for the next two nights. So, tomorrow we will head back across the border.

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