Trip Start Jan 13, 2010
91Trip End Dec 20, 2010
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Where I stayed
Hamlin Beach State Park
After leaving Cape Cod we spent one evening camping at the Cooperstown KOA campsite in New York State. We were making our way up to stay near Lake Ontario for a few days and Cooperstown was slap bam in the middle so we stopped off and pitched our tent for a cheap $23. It was a lovely campsite, however we didn't explore very much as it was seriously cold. So cold in fact that the jeans and fleecy jumper and shoes were put even in the afternoon, not witnessed since our time in Patagonia in February. This was a bit of a shock to the internal heat system, let me tell you. We went to bed wrapped up like glow worms so nothing really noteworthy to report on Cooperstown.
From Cooperstown we drove for roughly four hours to Hamlin Beach State Park on the shores of Lake Ontario. This was the first national park that we have camped in and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We pretty much stayed in the park chilling out, going for some runs, making homemade tacos and enjoying hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows over a toasty camp fire. I also blackmailed Mark into taking me to see the new Twilight movie. The Hamlin Cinema was a proper old skool cinema with only three screens. It was a cute little town but very "Hicksville" if you get my meaning.
It was cold here as well but thankfully warmer than Cooperstown. It was really cool staying in the state park which I would highly recommend. We saw literally tons of wildlife including deer’s, chipmunks, gofers etc. On our second night, I was woken by something outside the tent trying to get into our rubbish bin. So being nosey, I zipped down the little window on our tent to see if I could see what it was. My eyes not adjusting to the light I grabbed my torch and shone it at the creature making the racket. To my surprise, it was a skunk, not wanting it anywhere near the tent or making a mess I started to make some noise to try and shoe it away but this skunk instead of running away it turned round to face the tent and started running straight towards me. Well let’s just say, it wasn’t a very ladylike noise that came from me which of course woke Mark and thankfully deterred the smelly creature from charging the tent. Mark has not stopped ribbing me since.