Driving across New York

As we left Findley Lake area we realized we needed DEF fluid for the truck again.  We only buy this from a Ford dealer so we had a short excursion on those narrow winding roads in and about Pennsylvannia and New York to get to Corey, NY.  Once back on track we hit I-90 again and headed east towards Verona, NY passing just to the south of Buffalo and Syracuse, NY.  We were traveling through the Finger Lakes district.  There are 11 lakes near here which were formed during the Pleistocene Ice Age.  Gradually the ice melted and the glaciers receded, leaving shale valleys of water, which are now called the Finger Lakes.  Indian legend says the lakes were formed when the Great Spirit laid his hands on the land to bless it.  His fingers left imprints that filled with water, hence the name “Finger Lakes.” Very pretty area as is most of upstate New York.  We had picked our stop for two nights at the Villages of Turning Stone Casino near Verona, NY.  Now this puts a whole new dimension on RV resorts and the price shows it at $45 per night with our Good Sam discount.  We checked in and were assigned to a great pull through section with 70 ft long paved areas.  Got all set up for our stay and had a good dinner.  The next morning was Sunday so we decided to take the free shuttle over to the casino for their breakfast buffet.  That place is huge!  And fancy!  The AAA Four-Diamond award-winning Lodge at Turning Stone Resort Casino was selected by Condé Nast Johansens as its “Most Excellent Golf Resort” for the USA and Canada for 2010 and as the “Most Excellent Resort” in the USA and Canada for 2007. The 2900 sq ft Presidential Suite in the Lodge runs about $2500 a night. The shuttle driver said they put about 500K miles on their vans each year and never leave the resort and they have several.  They say it rivals many in Vegas and has a really pretty golf course with green fees of $250 each.  We walked around and saw many different areas for all sorts of gambling.  This entire resort which includes a big hotel is an enterprise of the Oneida Indians and we decided they must receive a lot of revenue from this area. And the landscaping is well done for northern NY areas.  The next day we drove into the town of Oneida to get the Leader checked at the hospital and see if he was well yet. (Nope, needed 3rd round of meds).  There are signs all over town saying “This is an enterprise of the Oneida Nation”, the filling stations and the grocery stores included.  We were able to do some laundry while camped and catch up on our naps for the next leg of the journey.

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