We have been so busy, going here and there, back and forth from our camp to visit family and back that I havenâ€™t stopped to write.
Let me tell you about a couple of the great places we have camped. Not all of our camping experience on this trip has been positive, but these have been a definite find.Â First, in Illinois, we camped backed up to the Ohio River, which I talked about in the last post. A couple of days later we found an awesome place in West Virginia, McCullum Campground in Cooperâ€™s Rock State Park,Â It is beautiful, clean, open, lots of treesÂ with one drawback â€“ the host warned of sightings of rattlers on the trails, but none had been seen in the campground itself â€“ so no problem as far as we were concerned. I could have spent several days there without a doubt, but alas we had to move on.
Our destination camp was Croton Point Park. It is on the Hudson River.Â A absolutely wonderful place. Itâ€™s about an hour from our daughterâ€™s home in Norwalk, but about the closest place to put an RV that we have found.Â Croton Point is a peninsula that protrudes into the Hudson River about 20 miles up lo from the bay by river or about an hour by car from New York City. Itâ€™s a quiet, beautiful park with a nice size swimming beach, parks, walking trails and other activities. I looked into a bit of the history of the area. In the 17th century, Indians occupied a large fortified village on the high flat at the neck of Croton Point, which they called Navish. This was one of the most ancient and formidable Indian fortresses south of the Hudson Highlands.Â The point is named for an Indian sachem, Kenoten, which means “wild wind.â€Â West Point is just a few miles up the road from here and during the Revolutionary War British anchored a warship here and planed a secret meeting with Benedict Arnold.Â The warship was forced to abandon the area when revolutionaries bombarded it from across the river with a canon, but the British Major meeting with Arnold was caught and hanged as a spy, he was wearing a American uniform and carrying forged American papers. During the 19th century a family named Underhill owned much of the area and produced wine that gained a worldwide reputation of excellence. Today it is a county park and recreation area.