I am going to piss off a lot of people with this entry. So I apologize in advance.
Our first stop on our 2017 RV adventure begins at Letchworth State Park in New York. For the past 20 years I have heard neighbors and friends tell us about this park. It is nick named the Grand Canyon of the East. It was recently rated America’s Best State Park. So we figured that this would make a great jumping off point for the rest of our trip.
As we drove through the park towards our campground, I quickly got a sense of why this place had earned the reputation that it had. It was beautifully manicured. The meadows looked like golf course greens. Everything was clean and neat. Our campground too was great with big wide sites that were generally well spaced out. The only issue that I had with the campgrounds are that most of them don’t allow dogs, which is kinda a bullshit rule if you ask me. Camping is about family and that should include Fido. We did bring Ember along on the trip, but we had to keep her on the down low while we were in the campground. Most other places in the park did allow pets.
Now onto the part where I piss people off. Grand Canyon of the East it is not. There is a difference between something that is pretty and something that is epic. The views at Letchworth were pretty. They did not inspire me to write poetry or tackle questions of faith and religion. Many other places that we have visited have done exactly that, but this was not one of them. Last year when we went to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, we were stopped dead in our tracks when we reached the precipice of that canyon. At that first view point we lingered for a solid 30 minutes trying to take it all it. The viewpoints at Letchworth consisted of some but not all of us jumping out of the car, looking over the edge of a scenic point and jumping back in on the way to one of the parks snack bars. To be fair, there are a lot of great views of waterfalls and the canyon, but none of them could be considered awe inspiring. I know I am being a little bit of a jerk. We have seen and done a lot so my perception is a bit skewed. I am just trying to be honest.
We enjoyed out time here and overall I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the park and they way in which it was laid out. Perhaps it was the fact that people had built it up as this larger than life place or maybe it is the fact that we have seen some pretty epic park in our travels. Whatever it was, Letchworth did not quite live up to the hype. Tomorrow we are off to Canada. Along the way we will stop at Niagara falls and take the obligatory maid of the mist boat tour. I am kinda jazzed about it.
Is it worth the trip? Yes
Would I come back? Probably not
Could I spend a week here? No