Just received: A sweet Work Camping Position in the Adirondacks for this Summer!

3/31/18  New Work Camping Opportunity at Long Lake in the Adirondack Mountains.
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“We are snowbird campers that have a seasonal business in the Adirondacks in northern NY and would like to explore possibility of employing a work Camper couple for this summer season.”
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Job Duties:          Housekeeper, Maintenance, Office Help, Groundskeeper, Beach, Boats, General Labor
Compensation:   FHU plus hourly wage

Live and work in the heart of the beautiful Adirondack region for the summer. This posting is for the 2018 Late Spring/Summer Season – IMMEDIATE OPENINGS!! Family owned small boutique lakefront motels in the center of the Adirondack Park. We are seeking a work-camper couple for the 2018 Late Spring/Summer season. We are flexible on hours worked and days off but are looking for a conscientious, hard working, and motivated couple willing to spend 30+ days working with our team this summer. Our compensation package will include a FHU 30 AMP SITE, including water and sewer hookup, + free laundry room use, free WiFi, as well as limited usage of our canoes, kayaks, & small motorized fishing boat. We ask for a combined 15hrs work for FHU+, plus will compensate $$$ at competitive wage for additional hours worked.
We are seeking 1 couple to round out and compliment our DYNAMIC team!!! Ideally the couple should have a <30′ foot travel trailer as our site is best accessed and most flexible for smaller rigs. Summer in the Adirondacks is known for it’s warm summer days, cooler nights, low humidity, and abundance of natural wonders. We are located in the very center of the Adirondack park directly on a 14-mile lake, with tons of lakes, rivers, streams and mountains to explore in the local area. Located near the high-peaks wilderness area and <1hr from Lake Placid and Old Forge gives you a wealth of activities to explore in your free time. Or just borrow one of our boats and paddle, motor, fish and explore our lake which is a gem for the water enthusiast. We ask applicants like us to be flexible in a dynamic environment & not be afraid of hard work. Housekeeping will be a requirement for 1 or both of the couple, and typically the man will perform duties associated with handyman, grounds-keeping, beach, boat activities. Some cleaning responsibilities may be required for both individuals.
Compensation for hours worked is FHU 30 amp site plus $$$hourly wage$$$, for additional hours worked. This posting is ideally for part-time/15-20 hours per week/per person. And, this is a work-camping position – not hosting job. Couples will share the same hrs/days off. If this fits your needs, please contact us directly. Please respond via email to: sandypt@frontiernet.net
 
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Jack’s Note: Niki and I are very familiar with the Adirondacks and the Long Lake area is one of the most picturesque. A great opportunity that we would definitely look into if we were still work camping!

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Are you a “Trekkie”?

star_tours-600x403The Starship Enterprise has landed in my hometown of Ticonderoga New York! Who knew? I am told it has taken the area by storm and receiving thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. Tour the exact reproductions of the sets from the series. On special dates some tours are led by former stars and original set designers. Ticket prices seem very reasonable and you might consider having a look if you plan to venture into the Adirondack Mountains and the Northeast section of NY State this Summer or Fall. (Yes Virginia, the State does actually extend farther North than Poughkeepsie!) More info on their website at https://www.startrektour.com/

Happy New Year to all of our friends – Niki and I wish you the very best in 2017!

Niki and I had our New Year’s Eve dinner this night  (12/31/16)at a small restaurant we have been planning to visit for over two years. “Nauti Nancy’s” is located on a side street in a residential area in Clearwater, FL. Now on first look from the outside it looks like a cross between an old-time Mexican restaurant and a seafood shack that you’d normally find near the waterfront.

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Stepping inside does nothing to change our original opinion on the visual but then things begin to change. You are welcomed like friends and you can choose whether you want to dine inside or sit in the large Tiki Bar/enclosed patio outside.

Once seated with a refreshment in front of you it becomes a real challenge to pick your favorite entree’ from a short but very intriguing menu that changes daily. The emphasis is on seafood with combinations that sound too good to be true.
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This visit Niki and I both chose the “Cod Oscar”: Grilled fresh North Atlantic Cod with crab and asparagus over yellow rice topped with Hollandaise Sauce and sliced tomatoes (minus the tomatoes that neither of us are supposed to eat). Just a thought – you may want to order an appetizer as Chef Nancy prepares everything fresh and will not rush her dishes. The dishes are definitely worth the wait and our Cod Oscar plates were exceptional.

After the meal they serve beignets (gratis) for dessert. The perfect ending to a beautiful meal. Chef Nancy came out from the kitchen atter we finished our meal to spend a few minutes chatting with us. It becomes quickly apparent that she is passionate about her food and that her customers leave satisfied. Can’t ask for more than that.

The service is cordial, the food is excellent and the prices are fair. We’ll be back and suggest you might want to try Nauti Nancy’s as well next time you are in the Clearwater/Clearwater Beach area. We don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Nauti Nancy’s Restaurant is located at
700 Eldridge St, Clearwater, FL 33755  (727) 446-3717
Known for “Down-home American & seafood unusual, delicious dishes served in a funky joint with a patio & regular live music.”
You can visit Acoustic Open Mic night most Tuesday evenings and they have live music on many Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 6:30. Check the “Music Calendar” and all of the other info on their website at http://www.nauti-nancys.com/.

Celebrating Eight Years on Snowbird RV Trails!

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We invite all our friends to visit us on Pinterest where we have 37 boards (so far) and hundreds of photos and descriptions of many of our adventures and discoveries from eight years of RVing up and down the East coast – from New England to the Gulf Coast – and from the Atlantic Seashore to the Mississippi River at https://www.pinterest.com/snowbirdrvtrail/. We’ve found our favorite routes, met some beautiful people, sampled some fine Regional home-cooking and seen a little of what has made America the place we are so proud to call home.
Find also an Index of all of our articles at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/quickclickindexnew.htm
and more about us at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/aboutus.htm.

Color it Autumn in New York and the Northeast

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Friday was a beautiful Fall day and we took full advantage with a trip to a huge book sale in Shelburne, Vermont,
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a stop at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in,
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lunch at the famous Bridge Restaurant in West Addison, Vermont,
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an Autumn photo-stop at Historic Ironville, NY – Birthplace of the Electrical Age in mining and
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a final stop to see the good folks (and the bison) at the Buffalo Farm in North Hudson, NY.
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The Buffalo Farm is the place we stock up on their mighty fine Vermont-made corn relish and Amish-made preserves for our upcoming Snowbird trip back South.

An excellent day shared with Niki and regretfully our last weekend outing with our Summer sidekick Brother Ken.

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Autumn in the Adirondacks – Lincoln Pond

New York’s Lincoln Pond Road (County Rd 7C) is an easy and beautiful 16 miles over the mountains between Elizabethtown on Rte 9 and Port Henry on Rte 9N. It’s a winding, two-lane blacktop road in good repair with few houses and plenty of forest that breaks into full bloom each October.

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The Autumn road to Lincoln Pond

The route crosses a small causeway on Lincoln Pond.

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View of Lincoln Pond North from the Causeway
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Eastern shore of Lincoln Pond North
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Fishing spot on Lincoln Pond in the Adirondack Mountains
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Northern corner of the Lincoln Pond State Campground

The Lincoln Pond State Campground (open Memorial Day to Labor Day) is on a secluded section of the Pond and offers 35 tent and trailer sites with water and a dump station. The campground has a beach, hot showers and boats for rental. (http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/24477.html)

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Twists and turns of Lincoln Pond Road – made for motorcycles!

Adirondack Mountain Fall Foliage Loop among the High Peaks

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Our stay in the Adirondacks is getting short so Niki, Brother Ken and I paid homage to the foliage Gods today by taking our yearly 130 mile Autumn loop through the heart of the High Peaks of these Adirondack Mountains.

There were splashes of beautiful color here and there but most of the route had only 25% to 50% peak color. So there is still time if you want to try the loop for yourself.

Starting in North Hudson this route takes us through Keene and Keene Valley (Artists & Craftspeople), Lake Placid (Winter Olympics venues), Saranac Lake (thriving lakeside town), Tupper Lake (The Wild Center), Long Lake (seaplanes, water taxis & Hoss’s Country Corner) – then finally down the Blue Ridge Road (past The Buffalo Farm) and back  to our starting point at North Hudson (former Frontier Town theme park location).

So much to see and do along this route that anyone could easily spend an entire day completing it.

We stopped for lunch on Main Street in Saranac Lake to try The Downhill Grill for the first time. The sandwiches and soups were excellent and cheerful Susie who waited on us made the whole experience most enjoyable.

Howard Johnson’s Restaurant, Lake George, NY – Last One Standing!

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Lake George, NY

Howard Johnson’s Restaurant (9/16 $39.15)*
2143 U.S. 9, Lake George, NY 12845 (518) 685-3022

We will do our best to be objective with this review. We drove 80 miles one way to visit this Howard Johnson’s Restaurant – truly as their sign says – the “Last One Standing” in the World. We arrived around 2pm and were a little concerned as there were no other vehicles in the parking lot nor other patrons in the restaurant – but then again it was past normal lunch hours.

We looked at the salad bar before being seated to see what it was like as we often just order the salad bar. This one had two sides – one was a small salad bar with a choice of two soups, iceberg lettuce, spinach leaves and only a choice of cucumber, cherry tomatoes and shredded cheese for toppings plus a selection of four dressings.

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The other side of the “Bar” – called their “Smorgasbord” offered several warm selections like beans, rolls, spaghetti (that hadn’t been stirred in awhile – spelled “congealed”) and another vegetable. It would not be an option for us.

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We ordered from the lunch menu which came with the limited Soup/Salad Bar. The soup choices this day were minestrone and chicken noodle.

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I ordered the HoJo burger which was actually pretty good ($12.95) ….

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Niki opted for the Famous Baked Macaroni & Cheese ($12.95). The mac & cheese was laughable and looked more like cooked elbow macaroni stirred into a Cheese-Wiz type concoction (and tasted like it as well). The closest it came to being baked was maybe passing by an oven on the way out to our table.

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We asked the cashier if they actually ever baked their macaroni & cheese and she acted quite surprised and offered to bring out the “Chef”.

When we were leaving the restaurant we met a couple just arriving that had driven over from Connecticut especially to have the famous fried clams that HoJo was also known for. They will have to wait another day to try them as the restaurant had already closed (at 3pm) for the day as we were leaving.

We enjoy eating out and finding new restaurants, especially the local “Mom & Pop” type in our travels. We can both still remember the Howard Johnson’s of our younger days and unfortunately this restaurant does not come close to what we remember. We have seen a couple decent reviews for their breakfasts – though $14.95 for a simple omelet seems a little on the high side. Maybe we came at the wrong time of day but then again what can you really do to breakfast.

We rate the restaurant at one-star (*). Very overpriced and not a good value for your dining $$$. We did have dessert at Martha’s down the road. Her hot fudge sundaes did make up for a lot.

Find a few dozen more of our completely unbiased reviews of restaurants along the Snowbird Routes at
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/diningreviews.htm