1998 Camp Insanity Moved to Allegany State Park

Canada
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...
With over 65,000 acres, Allegany State Park is the largest state park in New York State and is open year 'round with a multitude of outdoor activities for every season and every taste. T
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@amadeo (47748)
• United States
25 Mar
It will be here as far as you noticed.Looks lovely.We are all waiting to get out there.If we have any warm weather(sighs)
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• Canada
26 Mar
I found the real photo so I added it to the discusiion I love camping and look forward to first the warmth then the vacation..
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@Corbin5 (81314)
• United States
25 Mar
Now that was the perfect spot to camp for a while. I bet you will have a wonderful time in July and a new journal full of your activities.
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• Canada
27 Mar
We write in the journal every year its great fun to look back so far when the kids were little and now the grands are there...We will be next to our river this summer, looking forward to it.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@Corbin5 A perfect place for me.It surely gives people there wholesome peace and joy.
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@Corbin5 (81314)
• United States
29 Mar
@cacay1 I would enjoy that place too!!
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@Morleyhunt (16548)
• Canada
25 Mar
Last may I went to Allegany for a geocaching event. I am hoping to return this May.
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• Canada
26 Mar
It is so beautiful there, I often drive down that way and take a tour just to drive around the park especially in the fall with all the beautiful colors.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@Morleyhunt, wow nice, you may surely return there.
@Juliaacv (23076)
• Canada
25 Mar
I'll be that it was fun during the summer months there also.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@Juliaacv, Ideal for the family.
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• Canada
29 Mar
It was fun, just different...
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@PainsOnSlate There are reasons to keep on going back there, so relaxing place.
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@JudyEv (100470)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Mar
Your river camp sounds idyllic. Much better than being able to hear people sneeze. :)
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@JudyEv, hehehe bad to hear a sneezing pep virus soars.LOL.
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• Canada
29 Mar
@JudyEv yes, we actually missed the river but enjoyed being together.
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@RasmaSandra (13379)
• Riga, Latvia
25 Mar
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%.
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• Canada
29 Mar
I agree with you, there is something about being in and around nature that makes life better.
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@katsmeow1213 (28917)
• United States
26 Mar
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.
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• Canada
27 Mar
That's why we like our Sacandaga CampGround. The river is shallow and always moving, It makes enough noise we never hear our neighbors, we can see them in the day light but not a peep because the noise of the river.
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• Canada
28 Mar
@katsmeow1213 , we see ducks on the river with their babies passing by but we can't hear them, the white noise of the river is something we really missed when we went to Allegany.
@BelleStarr (31954)
• Portland, Connecticut
28 Mar
It is so wonderful to have a family gathering to look forward to every year.
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• Canada
28 Mar
And the journal brings back all the bits and pieces we have forgotten.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@BelleStarr It seems a perfect place for the family. Nice to go there.
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@sueznewz2 (9384)
• Alicante, Spain
26 Mar
how lovely to have seen all those animals ....
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• Canada
28 Mar
Not our favorite thing to see while camping but as long as they are just passing by we are happy campers.
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@sueznewz2 (9384)
• Alicante, Spain
28 Mar
@PainsOnSlate yes I can imagine lol
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@LadyDuck (121492)
• Switzerland
26 Mar
I can believe that you prefer your smaller camp insanity. I do not drive, so I would not like at all a big open space like this one.
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• Canada
28 Mar
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.
@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@LadyDuck , It seems so clean and peaceful park.
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@Tampa_girl7 (21615)
• United States
26 Mar
What a beautiful photo it sounds like a good time was had by all.
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• Canada
27 Mar
We always have fun, love sleeping in a tent.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@Tampa_girl7, Yea true, one of a kind.
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@DianneN (59079)
• United States
26 Mar
July will be here before you know it. Nice to have that journal, too!
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• Canada
29 Mar
The journal is always with us, the kids get a kick out of reading what they wrote when they were small children too.
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@Shellyann36 (8619)
• United States
11 Apr
I would have missed the river and the privacy too. I think I would have been a bit scared about the bears rolling down the hills.
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• Canada
12 Apr
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.
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• United States
12 Apr
@PainsOnSlate I think that if mama had shown up trouble might have happened. Poor baby bear rolling down the hill must have been scary. So much for peaceful camping (if so many people were there).
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• Canada
13 Apr
@Shellyann36 watching him do it we think he was having a blast and enjoying the tumble...strange but true.
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@shaggin (26740)
• United States
29 Mar
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.
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• Canada
30 Mar
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.
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@shaggin (26740)
• United States
30 Mar
@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.
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• Canada
31 Mar
@shaggin I agree I would never feed them. I am guilty of feeding the chipmunks peanuts when they show up at camp, but only them....
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
From the descriptions alone, one can say that park is so perfect for a short break and to enjoy the lovely and exotic scenery. very lovely and cool.
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• Canada
29 Mar
We did enjoy our few days, it was different but certainly a beautiful Park and lots of fun was happening.
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@cacay1 (32164)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
29 Mar
@PainsOnSlate wow, that was nice and unforgettable moment.
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