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Escape To The Lake!

by Richie
Chautauqua Lake

New York
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Happy Guy!

We have left the hospitals, doctors, and Canton behind. Tim was released Tuesday night for good behavior (he studied hard for his lab exams). He’s a bit wambly and moving slow, but definitely on the mend. They’ve put him on a low fat diet – game changer! – and he’ll need to have that pesky gall bladder removed in the future.

We packed up slowly this morning, and the owners of Bear Creek Resort treated me to a ride on their giant teeter-totter. It’s 20 feet long, and swings you waaaay up in the air. A few days ago they saw me sitting forlornly on the seesaw, all by myself, no one to play with. So after hearing that Tim was well and we were leaving soon, Carol sent her husband, Lee, to fetch me. She climbed on one side of the giant beast, Lee helped me up on the other, and away we went!  They have been mighty sweet, letting me have open-end reservations in the middle of the busy summer season while I waited for Tim to heal. Should you ever be in the Canton area, this is the campground I recommend.

On our way at last, we motored north a few hours to enjoy the placid waters of Chautauqua Lake in northwestern NY. Now we are caught up with our vacation schedule after a three-day delay.

We’re staying at Camp Chautauqua which is an interesting mix of short-term campers and permanent summer homes – lovely little manufactured houses with enclosed porches and patios.

We had reservations here all week, and just managed to catch the last of the pre-paid nights. We had planned to tour the area for several days. What we missed was the following:

Chautauqua Institute – famous for its scientific and political lectures & courses.

Lily Dale – fabled medium & psychic town since the 1890’s, where we had tickets to attend an afternoon workshop.

But hey – who cares!  Everyone is well, the pack is intact, and we’re lolling by the campfire. Can’t get any sweeter than that!