The Niagara Wine Escape - September 2019
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After a two year break (in 2017 I picked up my Escape 21 in August & last year we went to the Boler 50th), I'm back at the Niagara Wine Escape. This it the rally that convinced me I wanted an Escape 17B. While I had seen one before, in 2010 I visited with people using the trailer and talked with many owners.
As on the past occasion, friends Don & Anne lead the way pulling their Scamp 16. A fairly uneventful trip along NY 104 to Niagara Falls, although the Garmin messed us up as we entered the city. Eventually, we had to ignore it to get to the Rainbow Bridge. The Canada border station was interesting. The sent buses & RVs to a separate area, we stopped at the stop sign, and waited. Nothing happened. Finally, after 15 minutes Anne went in and let them know a bunch of RVs were outside waiting. After someone came out the process went quickly & we were on our way. Well, all but the guy with a large 5th wheel. Seems he took the shrouds & most of two air conditioners off the top of the trailer on a bridge. While he said it happened at the border crossing, there was at least foot of space above him. There are some low bridges on the parkway leading into Niagara Falls, and I bet that is where it happened. In any case, he headed back to NY.
|Waiting & the Damaged 5th Wheel||Our View of the Falls While Waiting|
We got separated on the way to the campground, but both arrived around 2:15. We are in sites 24 & 25, full hookup sites for $35.62 per night (US). After setting up we sat around cooling off, then, with Alf & Mary Anne, the organizers of the rally, their daughter, and a couple more friends, headed to Betty's for dinner. I had a delicious grilled halibut dinner for under $20.00 US with tip.
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:
|Don & Anne||My Site||Around the Campground||Around the Campground|
Thursday, September 12:
A rainy night & morning. We drove to the Niagara on the Lake Bass Pro store for some cargo pants for Anne, and I found both pants & shorts with a phone pocket on each side. Very useful since I carry both an AT&T and Verizon phone (why is a long story, but it works well on the road). So, I now have a couple of pairs of cargo shorts and pants that can carry both phones.
Back at the campground, I made a round & took a few more photos:
|Bass Pro||Around the Campground|
|Around the Campground|
|Around the Campground|
|Around the Campground||Moonrise Over An Escape|
Friday, September 13:
A pleasant day, although thunderstorms are predicted for tonight. I baked a couple of blueberry pies, and made a couple of rounds of picture taking. Here are some photos from around the campground. We had a windy campfire & a beer exchange in the dark:
Saturday, September 14:
A nice day - a bit windy, but warm. There was a "Blue Tarp" event in the morning - bring the stuff you want to get rid of, hoping someone else will want it. I only took a few things back at the end of the day. Trailer viewing went on throughout the day, with a pot luck dinner at 5:00. Lots of door prizes given away.
I added a photo from the Sunday brunch at Betty's above. Great food as usual!
Next year's Niagara Wine Escape will be the 18th - 20th of September.