Annual Hot Dog Roast and (almost) Tubing Party

Good friends, food, and a campfire
Good friends, food, and a campfire

Niki and I try to host a hot dog roasting party every Summer with our friends and family. Everyone brings a dish to pass and stories to share around the campfire. This year we were going to add a 2 mile tubing trip, for those that wanted to try it, down the Schroon River which borders the campground. However Mother Nature stepped in with an afternoon thunder and lightning show which gave us pause to rethink and postpone that adventure to another day.
Meanwhile the storm did let up and allow us all, Niki, Gary, Mike, Cathy, Dick, Sue, Mckayla, Anthony, Lester, Laura, Jackie, Barry, Ken, and myself to enjoy some good food and each others company for a few hours around the campfire.

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Talking about the experience - the campgrounds and the jobs
Talking about the Workamping experience – the campgrounds and the jobs

We are in the process of developing a section on our website (snowbirdrvtrails.com) devoted to sharing information with others who are looking for a good campground job experience in a good working environment. It’s information that is currently missing on the Web that could be very helpful for any RVer contemplating any type of Workamping job.

If you have Workamped and would like to share your own comments with us – Where was it? Was it a good or bad experience and why? – we would appreciate your input.

We understand the need to not burn bridges and will not print names or email addresses from any contributors without permission.

Find more information and recent additions on our Workamping Reviews page at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/workampingreviews.htm.

We hope to hear from you. Who knows – there might be information available on the next campground in which you are interested in working.

It’s been a long, long time. . .

Glen Drive-In Lake George, NY

Date Night at the Glen Drive-In Lake George, NY

It has been a long time since either Niki or myself have been to the Drive-In. It is still fun and still 2 movies for the price of one (though that price has shot up with everything else). Both movies were quite good with the exception of the 4-letter words. Going to be a lot of bleeps when they hit the small screen!

A Special Event at the Priory of St Benedict

This way to the Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale
This way to the Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale

You have to watch closely for the signs along Route 8 just West of the small Adirondack Town of Chestertown.

Road to the Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale
Road to the Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale

The narrow, paved road twists and turns about 2 miles up into the mountains from the main road.

View from the road to the Priory of St Benedict
View from the road to the Priory of St Benedict

On a clear day you can see forever or at least to the Gore Mountain Ski Area some 14 road miles to the West.

Arriving at the Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale
Arriving at the Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale

You know you are getting close as you begin passing cars parked along one side of the road for at least a half mile out.

The Annual Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale
The Annual Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale

The much anticipated annual Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale draws a crowd of locals and Summer visitors from many miles around. The donated treasures are on display surrounding The Priory buildings and are huge in quantity and varied from dishes, collectibles, furniture, tools, and appliances to …

You'll find it at the Annual Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale
You’ll find it at the Annual Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale

books, CD’s, movies, and collectibles by the hundreds!

The Priory of St Benedict advertises their happening to be “The World’s Largest (Private) Garage Sale”. It helps fund their mission.

“The Priory Retreat House and Conference Center welcomes all people, regardless of faith and religion. We have hosted individuals and groups since 1987. We invite you to come and find a peaceful place where you can find God, grow deeper in your spirituality, and enrich your life.”

The Priory of St Benedict is located at 135 Priory Dr, Chestertown, NY 12817
Phone:(518) 494-3733.

Norman Rockwell’s Vermont

Norman Rockwell's "Triple Self Portrait"
Norman Rockwell’s “Triple Self Portrait”
On a recent bright and beautiful summer day we made a day trip to Arlington, VT to visit the area Norman Rockwell called home from 1939 to 1953. The home he lived in when he painted his famous “The Four Freedoms,”  for which he used local people as models.
 Four Freedoms - freedom to speak, to worship, freedom from fear and freedom from want
Four Freedoms – freedom to speak, to worship, freedom from fear and freedom from want
Entrance to the "Covered Bridge Green"
Entrance to the “Covered Bridge Green”

Norman Rockwell’s home is a few miles out of town, just across the covered bridge over the Battenkill River

The little white church on The Covered Bridge Green
The little white church on The Covered Bridge Green

and past the little white church.

Norman Rockwell's Vermont home on the right
Norman Rockwell’s Vermont home on the right
The home on the right was Norman Rockwell’s. It is now a B&B called “The Inn on the Covered Bridge Green,” where you can spend the night in Rockwell’s former bedroom (Inn rooms run $185 to $225) or in the detached studio. The artist’s studio, which easily sleeps four, is $280.  Rates include a hot breakfast.

Arlington Vermont Farm neighbor
Arlington Vermont Farm neighbor
Though a beautiful area it is important to note that both Rockwell and his wife  began to feel isolated in this area and ended up moving to their final and more well-known residence in Stockbridge, MA. The move was to be closer to the psych hospital where his wife Mary was an inpatient and he himself became an outpatient in his later years.

Route 7 through Vermont's Green Mountains
Route 7 through Vermont’s Green Mountains