We love escaping NYC to Ithaca, NY (about a 3.5 hour drive, although we’ve never made it there that fast).
After coronavirus left us under a shelter-in-place order in our NYC apartment for months, we were desperate to get outdoors. We needed to explore nature, waterfalls, gorges, swimming holes..we were ready for whatever nature had to offer. We ended up camping in two different campgrounds over 5 nights.
This video is about Buttermilk Falls State Park and nearby diving waterfall, Robert Treman State Park. Things are different now with coronavirus social distancing in place. Masks were required to enter state parks and all local establishments in town. (Our temperatures were never checked). Social distancing within camping groups was also highly recommended. The cabins and lean-to’s at Buttermilk were not available to rent by the end of June but restrictions may have been lifted so call if you want to rent one, they look great.
We camped in a tent & had rain a few nights. I love the sound of rain when sleeping. Fortunately we had sunny skies before we packed up so brought home dry gear. With coronavirus cases increasing, we’ll likely do a lot more camping this summer than previous years. It’s easier to self contain and feels overall safer from exposure. Plus after being in our apartment for so long, it’s still a very welcomed escape!
As a bonus, I’ll be spending more time with my senior dog this summer as many state parks in NY are dog friendly!!