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A RAINY DAY AT THE ST. LAWRENCE RIVER CAMPGROUND

Returned to my old hometown for a couple of weeks.

rain 64 °F

Hi there!

There has not been anything of earth-shaking significance in 'my world' so I have been off the net for a few days. This afternoon is a rainy one at the campground so I felt it an appropriate time to catch up on my correspondence. Since last writing I will report on my enjoyment of seeing the boys, Todd, Tim, & Tom, their wives, and the grandchildren this past weekend in Plattsburgh, NY. They are a busy family who enjoyed their time together as siblings and cousins. Tim took the kids fishing one afternoon where they all caught several fish, creating much excitement. Their time in Tim & Marie's pool was a favorite activity, also. They all came over to the lake-front campground where I stayed and played at the sand beach and on the large playground. On Monday afternoon I checked myself into the ER at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh with pains in my chest, neck, and left arm. Fortunately, it was not heart-related and the diagnosis was a muscle tear or strain in my chest muscles causing spasms. A muscle-relaxing drug was administered in the ER along with pills to take for a week. It is much better now. The 3 boys were there for me and Tom & Aubrey delayed their departure until the next morning at 0500.

An oil change was due for both the motor home and the generator so after calling several truck service centers I got an appointment for 0800 on Wednesday morning. The service center was 70 miles east of Plattsburgh necessitating a 0630 departure from the campground. I was up at 0500, Tim came over to see me off at 0600 and I was able to arrive on time to get the work done on the mh. By early afternoon I checked into the Eel Weir State Park on the Oswegatchie River (quite a mouth full!) near Ogdensburg. It is a small park with but 34 campsites but is just beautiful and peaceful. There were just 3 other campers there when I checked in. The next morning I drove the 3 or so miles into Ogdensburg, first to pay my respects to my late wife, Sandy at the mausoleum, then went to the local diner for breakfast. The same men gather in the same corner of the diner as they did the last time I was in town 4 years ago exchanging gossip from around town. Nothing changes, it was comical. That evening I attended a 'Happy Hour' with old friends at their home. Since Eel Weir SP lacks electrical and sewer facilities it requires a move to another park after about 3 or 4 days. It is called, 'Dry Camping'. So from Eel Weir SP I moved to Jacques Cartier SP, checking in for another 4 days. This park has a sewer dump station and electrical hook-ups. It's a little more civilized, as my friends would say.

The purpose of this trip back to my old hometown is to pay a 'last visit' to a number of old friends. Last night an old high school classmate and her husband came to my campsite for drinks, snacks, and s'mores in front of the campfire. We reminisced for about 4 hours rattling 'old skeletons' and reflecting on our simpler days of adolescence. It was very enjoyable. We are to have an organizational meeting on Tuesday for a reunion of those classmates living nearby. The luncheon gathering will be probably in the next couple of weeks.

While the weather in FL and the southland is still in the 90's the nights up here are cool, low 50's, rising to the low 70's during the days. In traveling back to Ogdensburg from Plattsburgh on Wednesday I noticed a number to trees that had begun to turn to their Autumn colors, a sign that fall is just around the corner in northern New York. It is a time for me to think of heading 'my buggy' in a southerly direction to my home in Estero.

This visit has been enjoyable but I noticed among my friends that the facial wrinkles are a little deeper, and the hair a little whiter as we are all getting older. The memories are wonderful but the aches and pains are present and don't go away. It's the natural process in life.

Until next time...................

Dick

Posted by dixter 12:49 Archived in USA Tagged home a visit

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