After months of indecision about whether to keep Bessie, our Class C RV, or upgrade to something larger to be more comfortable, we have finally made a decision.
Many of you have been in our shoes and have faced the decision of whether you want to keep your RV or upgrade to something bigger/better. We’re pondering whether we should keep our current RV that is reliable and sort of close-ish to being paid off, but isn’t as comfortable as we’d like it to be. Or, should we purchase something that “fits” us better, but will be more expensive and could potentially have loads of problems. We’re torn.
Hi, I’m Chris. For the past few years, my family and I have absolutely loved spending time together in Bessie the RV. Like most first-time RVers, we’ve had lots of great experiences (and a few not-so-great moments) along the way.
This spring will mark our third year of RVing. Although we wouldn’t qualify for a “RV Blackbelt” just yet, we are definately “Newbie Ninjas.” We’ve learned a lot in the past couple of years and have some helpful insights to share, particularly for those who are just getting started in their RV journey.
This is the fourth article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
After visiting Niagara Falls, NY, we enjoyed all that Watkins Glen has to offer, including a stay at Watkins Glen State Park, an incredible visit to The Gorge, and a lovely afternoon at Seneca Lake’s waterfront. The fourth day of our Finger Lakes Journey found us departing from Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery, our gorgeous Harvest Host destination, and headed over rolling country roads toward Cayuga Lake, the longest of the eleven Finger Lakes in New York.
Almost three years ago, I got bit by the RV Travel bug. What began as a curiosity turned into a wonderful hobby and I now count myself as one of the many “RV Enthusiasts” in this big world. I never envisioned my newly discovered passion for RVs would lead me to another new hobby- Blogging. But as I began recording our RV adventures and musings, I started to see the advantages of creating a blog to chronicle these experiences and to connect with other RVers. My very first blog, www.cuontheroad.net was born.
This is the third article in a series about The Roadster’s travels to New York’s Finger Lakes Region.
After an incredible visit to The Gorge and enjoying all that Watkins Glen State Park has to offer, the third day our Finger Lakes journey was spent enjoying Seneca Lake and the town of Watkins Glen. Our evening ended with being wowed by the lakefront views at a winery in Hector, NY.
A Small Village With Big Attractions
The Village of Watkins Glen has a population of about 1,860 people. As small as this town is, it’s quite famous for several things. In addition to The Gorge, the town also has a NASCAR racetrack, called Watkins Glen International. The town is steeped in racing history, including the famous street race, Watkins Glen Grand Prix, which takes place on the hilly roads of the State Park and in the town of Watkins Glen.
RVing BEFORE Harvest Hosts
Picture this. You are on vacation. For several days, you hopscotch to various destinations so you can thoroughly explore an area. Or maybe you’ve been driving for hours and need a break. Out of necessity, you are grateful to come across the parking lot of a rest area, Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club to rest your weary head.
RVing AFTER Harvest Hosts
Now picture this… at the end of a long day of traveling, you pull into a winery or a farm. An incredible landscape unfolds before you with beautiful flowers, trees, a vineyard, and sometimes, animals. You step out of your RV, take a deep breath, pull up a chair and slow down for the night in lovely, peaceful surroundings.
We decided we wanted to buy our first RV. We had a strong desire to get “out there” and experience life. Since we were inexperienced with just about every aspect of camping and RVs, we rolled up our sleeves and began our research. For months, we traveled to RV lots, read classifieds, visited State Parks all over Ohio, and watched YouTube endlessly. Finally, we had a sense of what we were looking for and narrowed down the myriad of RV options to a Travel Trailer or a Motorhome. Here’s a look at our observations and conclusions about Travel Trailers (and Pick Up Trucks), Class A Motorhomes and Class C Motorhomes.
There are so many things that I love about nature. I have always had an affinity for water. I love to look at it, sit by it, and if it’s warm and relatively clean, I love to swim in it. I am awed by the power of wind and fascinated by the constantly changing sky. I am an amateur photographer, and look upon my surroundings through my camera’s perspective, finding beauty in most every landscape. That being said, most people who know me wouldn’t peg me for a “Nature Girl.”