1998 Camp Insanity Moved to Allegany State Park
March 25, 2017 3:22pm CST
I had a store in Canada and couldn't get away for our usual two weeks of Camp Insanity on our favorite river in upstate New York. We chose this camp near my home for 5 days and nights. My sister and her girls traveled west to meet me. Our children were growing up. My youngest son was there and two of my sisters girls were there. (both could drive - Yea). Allegany is a gorgeous but huge State Park. Much bigger than what we were used to – here we drove for miles... to the lakes, to the hikes, to the entertainment. Having a driver to take the group to the lakes for a swim was great. Our tent was next to a mountain and the sites were private to a degree but we missed our roaring river and the noise it makes that hides the voices of other campers. Someone sneezed while we were sitting by our camp fire and everyone heard it and laughed... There were lots of animals. The trash cans were spaced along the roads where the tents were and that was not a good sight. We had skunks, a mommy and three babies, raccoons, a baby bear tumbled down a hill enjoying himself. We also saw deer, woodchucks, rabbits, and porcupine... The kids call it camping in a zoo. We enjoyed the amphitheater, while watched some native dancing. There was a pow wow in the next town from the park. We took organized hikes with rangers, and while at our campsite we heard something falling down the mountain right behind us, it sounded like a car fell off a cliff but we think it was a bear...never saw a big one, only that baby once. We drove the whole park from top (views) to the lakes. The five days went fast. It was a lot busier than our river camp but we enjoyed getting together for a few days but really missed our river. We keep a journal every year and I just read the journal about this trip. No Insanity, a bit not private enough for us but having the kids who could drive was a life saver... Looking forward to July on our river this summer already. Happy Trails to you.... finally found a photo of our camp...
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• Riga, Latvia
Sounds like a lot of fun. I love all kinds of animals. This is something I would have really loved. I have always discovered when out in nature in the country where the air is fresh and clean everything feels better and my appetite improves by 100%.
• United States
Camping near other campers can be a pain.. if they stay up later than you and you hear them talking while you're trying to sleep.. Our first night camping, someone in the next camp freaked out that a person had been near their tent. We were all still around our campfire when the girl started screaming.. and nobody had been over there. I wonder if maybe she heard our voices, or those from the site on the other side, and thought they were closer than they actually were. Another set of campers left in the middle of the night and that was annoying as well.
Once we park the car while camping by the river, mine never moves, Its a van and full of wood, food and supplies. We take my sister's car when we want to leave the camp for any reason, we can and do walk everywhere we go at the campground. Its a lovely place.
We only saw a baby roll down the hill but we do know that Momma protects the babies so no one tried to get close. The noise behind us, we actually don't have a clue what it was, it could have been kids - we were not worried - too many people around to have the bears show up.
• United States
Here where I live in PA those animals are something you would see all the time. Most I have seen in my backyard....and more. The trash cans being placed around the trails is to keep hikers from littering as some are not responsible enough to take out anything they take in.
The kids were surprised they saw so many in the 5 days we were there, we see them at home too but with all the business of the camp we were a bit surprised, they must have been fed, which is something we never do when camping... It was fun though.
• United States
@PainsOnSlate ahh that would make sense if there were so many around areas where there are people camping all the time they are likely being fed and coming back for more. That isn't good as they will get used to being fed and not learn how to hunt for their own food.