September 9, Low 48, High 70 Left West Lake Campground about 10 am after dumping and then filling with fresh water.
Easy pleasant drive on 401 East to a very easy USA border crossing. Went to Visitor Information Center and got lots of information and help. Pulled into 1000 Islands Campground very close to boarder and set up camp with full hookups. It is a Passport America park so we are paying about $22 a night including taxes. Had lunch and headed into Clayton, NY to the Antique Boat Museum. We decided to take the speed boat ride today and come back tomorrow for the other sights. We saw a big tanker headed to Detroit and lots of Islands. Some very small islands and some very large, we went through “the narrows” which is a cut between Round Island and Wellington Island. An island is any rock sticking out of the water that has 2 or more trees. It was a beautiful fall sunny afternoon on the water.
Sid tried a local beer but wasn’t really excited about it, but the flatbread appetizer was pretty good at the Wooden Boat Brewery. We weren’t very hungry after the appetizer so we tried out the ice cream place that is way too close to our camper, 100 yards from our camp site. They serve their scoops in paper drinking cups so you need a long handled spoon to eat your ice cream-way too much ice cream (oh no did I just type that).
September 10, Low 50, High 68, Mostly sunny until 4 pm rain started
Had a light breakfast (still pretty full of ice cream) and enjoyed having the internet to take care of some campsite changes. Headed into Clayton to finish our Antique Boat Museum tour. Started with a guided tour through the “La Duchesse” built in 1903 by George Boldt then owned by the Life Saver Candy King Edward J. Noble 1922-43. Finally owned by Andrew McNally 1943-2001, now a forever home at the Antique Boat Museum. The houseboat has no motors, it is like a barge and is moved by tug boat.
We continued through the other 5 sections of the museum at our own slow pace and took a few pictures and read many story boards about engines, wooden boats, sail boats, speed boats, ice fishing, ice cutting, and even skate sailing.
We came back to camp for a late lunch and were going to explore Alexander Bay but it clouded over and rain began so we just caught up on pictures and journal entries.