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 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.