The Niagara Wine Escape - September 2016
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This seems like a recording of last year, but like the 2 years before, I got a head start & arrived at the Riverside Park Campground & Motel on Thursday. I took NY 104 all the way to Niagara Falls, NY, and crossed at Rainbow Falls. Not a bad drive, although a broken 18 wheeler in the middle of Rochester slowed things down a bit.
As usual. I'll post a bunch of photos from the rally.
There are some other early arrivals - I wandered around the campground and took a few photos:
|My Site - Site 51||Early Arrivals|
|A Large 5th Wheel - It just fit!||Early Arrivals|
|A Group Selfie||Early Arrivals||Fixing the Water Heater||A Lil' Snoozy From Arizona|
|The Harry Potter Tree||A Closeup||Around the Campground||The New '17 21' Escape|
|The New '17 21' Escape||Around the Campground||Around the Campground||Enough Truck?|
More to come...
|Around the Campfire|
Well, I did promise more, but while I took a couple of photos sitting around the campfire, when I got back to the trailer it was late enough that after lying down for only a minute, the next thing I knew it was after 1:00. So, these will be added on Saturday.
The day started out with a bit of light rain, but cleared up nicely, at least until 11:00 or so. At that time it poured (it is slowing down, but still raining at 1:00 or so. No wind, so everyone is hiding in the trailers, under awnings, or in their Clams. I did get some photos before the rain:
|Don & Anne Arrived||Tours||Tours||Tours|
|The Rains Came!|
Hopefully, things will clear before the pot luck dinner at 5:00. More photos then.
Well, unfortunately, the rain came back and continued throughout the pot luck. We put up a double EasyUp supplied by the campground, and another 4 10' X 10's and did our best to protect the food & people from the rain. I have to admit we did better at the food. A few ended up eating under umbrellas, raincoats & big hats, and taking turns in the space under the EasyUps. I took a few sets of photos holding an umbrella over the camera - the blurred circles in the later images are not water drops on the lens, but raindrops the flash highlighted, yes, it was raining that hard. At least cleaning your plate after the dinner was easy - just hold it in the rain!
While we have had rain before & after the pot luck, this is the first year that I've been attending the Niagara Wine Escape Rally that it actually soaked the dinner. Still, a good time had by all.
I'm now back in the trailer putting the page together, but there are still some brave soles hanging around under the EasyUps out of the rain & finishing off the food. As usual, great food and plenty for everyone. Where there was a good collection of door prizes, they will have to wait for tomorrow or the next rally - most people headed back to their trailers after dinner.
An update - I lied. The rain stopped enough while I was posting the pot luck photos that Alf decided to hold the drawings for the door prizes. I think it was because he didn't want to haul them home! Iowa Dave walked around the campground letting people know the event was back on. Of course I took some photos, including, under orders, handing the camera to Anne to take a photo of me getting my prize, one of the few photos of me to appear on the website (the way of the photographer). Alf was wearing down by the end, but everyone got at least one prize, with many getting two.
While a few left last night after the pot luck, most stayed until Sunday. We did the usual brunch at Betty's, which, again as usual, was great. I took a couple of photos, hoping to get everyone, since, with plate refills, we were never all seated at the same time.
|The Serving Line at Brunch||All of Us (Mostly)|
|All of Us (Mostly)||All of Us (Mostly)|
After brunch a bunch more left, while a few hanger's on (including myself) will wait until tomorrow to head home. Lots of thanks to Alf & Mary Anne, our hosts traveling in the Escape Hatch II, the owners of Riverside Motel & Campground, Joe at Betty's for providing free beverages with the brunch, and all those, particularly Reace & Tammy at Escape Trailer Industries for all the contributions to the door prizes.
I hope to see everyone next year!