Let me preface this by saying that I need more than just dark skies due to health issues. I am deaf. That obviously doesn't stop me from looking up. But recommendations that I should join an astronomy club are of little use. Under dark skies, I can't read lips unless I shine a flashlight in someone's face. To make matters worse, in the dark I have poor balance, which makes walking difficult. Being with a group of fellow astronomers in the dark just doesn't work for me.
I live near Syracuse NY, with Bortle Class 5 skies. I can easily get to Class 4 and Class 3. But I don't know where I'd set up? My own yard makes things difficult because of trees in the backyard and street lights in the front yard. I have access to a camp with Class 3 skies, but a lot of the sky is blocked because of trees.
Does anyone know of some good places in the CNY area. I'm looking for dark skies, but I'm also looking for a place where I would not have to walk far in the dark. Thanks for any recommendations.