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August 4, 2013

Beautiful memories made during camping trip

What’s 28 feet long, travels 92 miles from Morrisonville to the St. Lawrence River and back, and is loaded with memories? 

Our camper, and the truck that tows it, knows the way. It’s made the trip at least once a year since it was new in 2007 and has only 7,000 miles on it. Basically, it’s the only task for which the truck was purchased. 

Its predecessors have towed various campers to Cole’s Creek near Waddington in St. Lawrence County for 39 years. At first, it was a couple of International Harvester Scout II’s. Then, it was a 1987 full-sized Ford Bronco. And, for the past seven years, a Toyota Tundra. 

We started with a used pop-up. It was fun with all our kids and grandkids and guests. There were other similar rigs through the years until we finally graduated to a hard-sided tow-behind. We’ve owned a number of those. The latest is a 28-footer that was new to somebody in 2001. It serves us well with most of the amenities you can find in your home.

As we were about to pull out of the yard on July 13, there was a big “Uh-oh” uttered by yours truly along with a few unmentionables. One trailer tire was flat. It shouldn’t have been. All four tires were put on new last year to pass inspection. It took our son Dale and I some time to get the rig jacked up and the lug nuts loosened. Thanks to our friendly tire store, a new valve was inserted, the tire inflated with no charge, my friend Jim Leonard helped to install it, and we were on our way.

After that, it was a piece of cake. The weather was dry and beastly hot for several days. One of the infamous St. Lawrence River storms blew through on the first Friday, but our gear remained intact. There was damage all around, but not at our beloved Cole’s Creek State Park. The power was out for seven hours. No big deal.

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