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Friday, June 8, 2018

Country Hills Campground in Marathon, New York

is located in the rollling
hills of the Southern Tier.

The campground offers a quiet place to relax and recharge from a busy life.  But alas, the necessities of camping life must be taken care of.

Fill your Propane Tanks.

Leave trash in the trailer.

The Maintenance Building

And the other necessity.....

The Dump Station

Some sites don't have
sewer hookups.

Comfortable seating
around the fire pit

meeting here for a Rally.

The pavilion is available all
weekend long for Friendship
Hours, Dining, Games &
Chapter 41's biannual

A heavily burled tree
stands nearby.

I took lots of photos
of this beautiful tree.

Country Hills Campground is built around the campground's lake.

Canada Geese supervise
their Chicks.

Fishing here is 

The Playground includes a
Seesaw, Animals on Springs,
a Farm Tractor with Trailer,
aTruck with Trailer to
climb on & a Swing Set.

One of the Campground's

Eric & I are parked in a pull
through campsite with full
hookups: water, electric &

I like the plastic topped 
picnic table.

As you can see our DirecTV Satellite dish is up...  We have TV reception in this open area.  Eric and I are using our Verizon Data Plan to connect to the internet.  

Eric & I Drive West to Marathon, New York

Today's drive starts off

The Schoharie Valley 
stretches out before

Workers are patching

Construction of the section of Interstate 88 that connects the Capital District to Oneonta began in the early 1980s.  I remember reading about the project in Daily Gazette during that time.

These flowering trees are a
bright spot on a cloudy day.

There goes the neighborhood....

Knee high grass is being
mowed in the median. 

I always get a picture of

Eric leaves I 88 at Exit 8
to turn onto New York
State Route 206.

As we enter the roundabout,
I see "a Frankentree" in
the distance.

I wonder.... A quick internet search produced an article on what is described as "Monopinne Trees."  Four were built in the Southern Tier Region of New York.

I spot Jerry's Inn as 
we drive through

Route 206 is a lovely drive,
with valleys opening up
before us.

We are in farm country.

We are driving on lightly
traveled roads.

Eric points out parking in the
middle of the Town of Greene.

His years of work at New York State Department of Transportation show as Eric explains that this parking configuration is less safe for pedestrians than having parking on each side of the street.

Construction work near
the bridge in Whitney

I am happy to wait for the flagman so I watch the work zone.

We watch this Excavator
climb out of the depression
its been working in.

We turn on to US Route 11
West for a few miles...

....before turning onto
Interstate 81 North.

Rest Stops on this stretch
of I 81 are not directly
opposite each other.

Exit 9 takes us to
New York State
Route 221 West
& Marathon.

Binghamton is just
25 miles away.

We turn onto a
gravel road...

... & arrive at Country Hills

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Lunch @ Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Schenectady, New York

Today Eric & I
are eating lunch
at Popeyes

This is the 36th
Fast Food
Restaurant we
visited on the

Popeye's is ready
to feed their

Louisiana style
cooking is at the
 heart of Popeyes

I like the logo painted
on corner walls.

rich & buttery, yet
light & fluffy.

Most people are getting
Take Out, allowing me
to get pictures inside
this small restaurant.

Our shared lunch is
Two Pieces of Fried
Chicken, Jambalaya
 & one Chicken
Breast with
a very large soda.

Eric and I like the Fried Chicken very much.  The Jambalaya is average.  I want to return to try the Buttermilk Biscuits.  Fourteen Fast Food Restaurants left to visit...