Week 3.5: A Casino, An Art Park & A Lake
Howdy folks! We slipped on our posting schedule a bit and now have a backlog of travels to get through, so here’s a heads up that this is going to be a longer post. Lucky you!
When we last wrote, we were in the magical hobbit land of Watkins Glen State Park, which we left to spend a night at the (theoretically) magical gambling land of Turning Stone Casino, in upstate New York. Turning Stone actually has a fantastic RV Park, which just so happens to offer free shuttles to the casino. For some reason, they seem to want to attract well-to-do elderly folks with plenty of stuff in their car to pawn as necessary.
Now, we may not be elderly or particularly well-to-do, but we’re always willing to take a free shuttle bus ride. So, showing the same business acumen that lead to quitting our career track jobs in NYC to buy an RV, we got dressed to the nines on a Wednesday night and headed in. It turned out the core demographic was more “sweatpants-wearing chain-smoker and problem gambler” than “swanky cocktail party,” but hey, we didn’t go on this trip just to play by everyone else’s rules.
And friends, once we made it in, we hit it big. As in, we made enough money from playing our favorite slot machine (Kitty Glitter) with our $10 voucher that we nearly covered the cost of tipping the driver for the free shuttle bus ride! Of course, we also paid for a nice dinner there, but whatever – gotta spend money to make money. It’s an investment.
An Art Park
After collecting and then immediately disgorging our winnings, we headed to Albany to visit Jake’s Grandmother and Aunt. Along the way, we decided to make what turned out to be a not-so-quick stop in Cazenovia, New York to check out Stone Quarry Hill Art Park. We didn’t know about it before it popped up in one of our “things to do” apps, but it turned out it was recognized as #2 in National Geographic’s “Top Ten Sculpture Parks and Trails.” The park was only about 30 terrifying minutes away by motorhome over small mountain roads, and it was definitely worth the trip.
The park was created over decades by Dorothy and Bob Riester at their summer home, and currently is home to several artists in residence. The park is huge, beautifully maintained, and completely open to the public ($5 suggested donation). Cool, funky sculptures are sprinkled throughout the park, accessible by carefully cultivated paths through forests and tall grasses. We were there for several hours and only got a taste of the park, but what we saw was pretty extraordinary. We would highly recommend anyone in the area take a look, or just follow along with our captioned tour below.
After the art park, we made it to Albany and took a boat ride on Lake George in upstate New York. We went with Jake’s father, aunt, and grandmother, and spent the entire time hanging out at one end of the boat because they had a DJ (why??) and that DJ was incredibly, almost aggressively terrible (again, why??).
Luckily, they served beer, so everything worked out in the end. Below are some photos.
While we were in Albany we also got to play with these guys and test out our skills at photographing animals. We don’t think it is necessary to say just how many other photos we took trying to get a good picture of these energetic pups. So we’ll just say hooray for digital film!
What’s next: Currently, we are in Connecticut near Hopeville Pond State Park, honing our profound hatred of mosquitoes. Tomorrow, we’re going to spend the night at Mohegan Sun Casino – we’re coming for you, Kitty Glitter! We’re then spending a week in Rhode Island at a private RV park to try to get this website in better shape.
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