On Friday, we loaded up our mini-school bus, Zippy the Magic Bus, and headed out for a weekend away. Our first stop was to a local person's home where he makes and sells bio-diesel. We filled Zippy up with this locally made bio-diesel which was made from local restaurant's waste veggie oil. As Zippy zipped along, our bus smelled of french fries versus that nasty diesel smell. Loved it! Not only do we love the fact this fuel oil is made locally from a waste product, it is also cheaper! A win/win all around if you ask me.
Zippy the Magic Bus
After filling up Zippy, we settled in for a 6 hour drive to upstate New York. Our destination was Letchworth State Park. We camped for two days in the park and attended the Geneseo Airshow. This is the first time in five years that all three of us were able to stay together a few nights away from home. When you live on a farm, it's hard to get away especially when you have animals. We were so grateful that our help could work over the weekend.
Letchworth State Park is amazing. It's hard to believe that this park is roughly 17 miles (24 km) long, covering 14,350 acres (58 km2) of land along the Genesee River. (according to Wikipedia). The park is beautiful and it takes forever to drive from one end to the next, especially at the speed limit of 25 mph. Honestly, we were not complaining because at this slow speed you can see so much and truly enjoy the park. As we arrived at the park, we could see three hot air balloons hovering near the falls. Weather permitting, hot air balloons will often be seen at the park.
This Coleman cook stove has been preparing camp meals for over 40 years. We're making blueberry buckwheat pancakes!
No camping trip is complete without roasting marshmallows.
Our elderly blind dog enjoyed camping with us and she especially enjoyed laying on the cot with two air mattresses and three pillows. She loved this so much that we drove all the way home with her laying in her favorite resting spot. She loves to go on car rides and she seems even more excited to ride on the bus. We had a rough Spring with her and we were afraid the end was near. However, she seems to have bounced back somewhat. She's been enjoying all her extra love and attention and the fact that she is never left alone now. At the airshow, we managed to park the bus in a wonderful spot. We could see the turf tarmac. We would take turns sitting with her inside and outside. The bus did not get as hot as a car and we had sun shades up. If the temperature was starting to get too warm, we would run the AC. It was actually cooler on the bus than being outside. It felt nice and when our son's friend's family came over to hang out, we all sat on the bus!
The airshow was enjoyed by all.
We took so many pictures at the airshow. I've posted only a few. I'll post more in Part II.