We just closed out this year’s camping season at our family favorite – Northampton Beach Campground on Great Lake Sacandaga. Even though we have a true four-season travel trailer, we always wind down our camping season in September or October – for a couple of reasons. One, many of the State Parks we favor in the Northeast close down on Columbus Day weekend. I’m sure that I could find a few private RV parks that stay open later but, since our hearts belong to the State and National Parks, giving up the spacious campsites and lovely natural views that we enjoy so much in public campgrounds just doesn’t seem worthwhile to us. Two, in our neck of the woods, snow is not unheard of in October. In order to settle in the Creek Side on its pad up in the back where it spends the winter months, Alan needs to back the 32’ trailer up the driveway, across the front lawn, make a corner around the birch trees, guide it through two gates and squeeze past the boat garage. Did I mention that we live on the side of a small mountain, so it's an uphill battle for part of the way? If you saw him pull off this maneuver, I’m betting that you’d just stand right up and start clapping. It isn’t a feat for the faint of heart. Once there’s snow on the ground, it becomes Mission Impossible, especially since the turn around the birch trees can be a bit slick in just rain, never mind snow. And there’s that little embankment to worry about if you do start sliding on the turn. While our Creek Side would allow us to enjoy winter camping, we always tuck it safely away before the first snow flies.
It was with happy hearts that we set out for Northampton Beach in early October and with heavy hearts that we returned. (That last camping trip of the season hits me hard every time.) But this visit was SO much better than the week we spent there in June when it rained. Nearly. Every. Day. This time around? Delightfully sunny skies. Nearly! Every! Day!