Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Van Camping: Night One

We were camping at the Ace of Diamonds Mine in Middleville, NY, off a branch of the Mohawk River in the foothills of the Adirondacks. The orange crane holding a large, fake diamond-cut-shaped object greets you on approach. The whole thing is very funny.

We couldn't find mosquito netting at 3 area Walmarts (out apparently), so we headed to the fabric department. Bridalveil material would do.

While Betsy fabricated our mosquito netting, I got the chimney started.

Our site was a little rough and the owner of the mine worked till sundown. I was disappointed. The bathrooms were, uh, eewww, and the shower required 4 quarters. If there's gonna be a shower and bathroom, I want it clean with little thick dops of old caulk holding everything together. Otherwise, I'll take a hose and spigot (or a stream) for my shower and the woods for my toilet.

I got cooking.

Our makeshift bugscreen. It worked well, although it wasn't that buggy -maybe because its been dry? It finally did rain, a few flashes of lightning around 11 pm. I removed the battery cable and left the back hatch open -the rain stayed out. Our bedding system, however, was incomplete as we needed more padding. Back to Walmart the next day.


  1. You are less than two hours from my hometown. I'm jealous. Have a great time!

  2. Times been had. You should go home more often;)

  3. Oh my god, there's so much useful material in this post!


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