We are working our way west from Boston to visit a friend in Rochester, NY…very slowly. We are driving a little every day or two and taking a lot of time to relax. We spent a few days in central Massachusetts, mostly at the Daughter of the American Revolution State Forest, one of few state parks offering year-round camping. Finding campgrounds has become very difficult since Columbus Day weekend!

We also met up with an old friend of mine, Katie, from Seattle. She lived in Brooklyn for a time, but is now in East Hampton. It was a nice surprise to have an opportunity to get together for dinner and catch up while we passed through.

Our van at our lake-side campsite.

Our van at our lake-side campsite.

The campsite was primitive, so John improvised in collecting water from an auto-off faucet at the entrance building.

The campsite was primitive, so John improvised in collecting water from an auto-off faucet at the entrance building.

John taking a break from hiking at the lake's beach.

John taking a break from hiking at the lake’s beach.

Together at the top of a fire tower.

Together at the top of a fire tower.

Looking down the fire tower.

Looking down the fire tower.

Can you see me?

Can you see me?

Superwoman at the campsite.

Superwoman at the D.A.R State Forest.

Once again, we wish he had that inflatable kayak.

Once again, we wish he had that inflatable kayak.

Our last day in Massachusetts we needed to find a place to dump our tanks. With most campgrounds closed or only offering primitive camping, dump stations are few. John did some research and found a waste water treatment plant in Pittsfield we could dump at. This was a whole new experience. He had called to confirm we could dump there, but the entrance was surrounded by signs warning against trespassing. He called again, and confirmed that we could enter and proceed to a small building housing “Septage Receiving”. John checked in with them, and then we drove to the designated spot. It took us some time to figure out where to dump. We are used to RV dump stations, comprised of a 4 inch hole in a block of concrete. This place had about a 2 foot by 2 foot square metal place covering a drop to a serious sewer.

After this logistics stop, we continued onto our destination for the day: Glenmont, NY.  Early on in the trip, John talked a lot about how great it would be to take the van to a drive-in movie theatre, but he didn’t think we would be able to find one still open in 2013. When we were getting ready to leave New Hampshire, I scoured the internet for a drive-in movie theatre still open not only in 2013, which there are plenty, but also at the end of October. I found exactly one (well, two, but I struck the one playing horror movies because John would prefer not to see one), Jericho Drive-In in Glenmont, NY near Albany. I kept it as a surprise for him until the day we would go. I am terrible at keeping secrets, so having this surprise in store for nearly two weeks was really difficult – I almost broke two days early, but I managed to keep it as a surprise.

Unfortunately, with only one drive-in open we couldn’t choose the movies. We went without knowing anything about the two movies on schedule for the evening, Gravity and Prisoners. They were both terrible, but we enjoyed the experience. I hadn’t been to a drive-in theatre since I used to go with my dad and step-mom as a kid. It’s a strange experience, to be at a theatre but confined in private spaces. Being able to talk during the movies helped handle how terrible they were.

Movie credit through our windshield at the drive-in.

Movie credit through our windshield at the drive-in.

Such a big ice cream cone! Thankfully, I was able to save most of it in our freezer.

Such a big ice cream cone! I was able to save most of it in our freezer – an advantage of going to the movies in our own home. 🙂

5 Thoughts on “Central Massachusetts and a New York Drive-In

  1. Always edified by your log. Not to mention a little wistful But I do have a question: How do you keep your home looking so clean??

    • Clean?!? You can’t mean the outside. Maybe it’s the color that hides it, but we have been on the lookout for a carwash; the van is in desperate need of a wash, but we only see the automatic carwash places, none with a station for manual washing.

      I am happy you are enjoying the blog 🙂

  2. maudie engel on November 1, 2013 at 1:55 pm said:

    Heidi, you don’t remember going to drive in in the CAMPER ! Dad & I in the truck & you & sis on top bunk looking thru window? Glad you are still having fun… hope you are aware of the weather ? love from mom

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