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Jul 23, 2018 - Day trip to 1000 Islands

Took off early, driving about 135 miles to Clayton, NY. When we arrived we found that the 11 am boat tour of the 1000 Islands was cancelled and that we had to wait until 1:30 pm for the next one... No problem, we toured the Antique Boat Museum... lots of mahogany. Then to the boat! Lots of history, lots of rich folks have summer homes on the 1800+ islands on the St. Lawrence Seaway. We stopped at the Boldt Castle... interesting story. This guy Boldt, who owned the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC decided that he wanted to build a rhineland...

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Jul 20, 2018 - 1000 Islands and Boldt Castle

Fri., July 20th – The highlight of our first day in 1000 Islands was to board the Uncle Sam Boat Tour for a cruise along this stunning waterway dotted with island after island….some large enough for stately homes of the rich and famous, others so tiny you see only a rock and a tiny little tree. In all, they claim to have counted 1,864 islands in this 50 mile span! None can compare to the island that houses the magnificent Boldt Castle where we spent a few hours exploring the many buildings and beautifully landscaped grounds. I must admit, I...

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Jul 19, 2018 - 1000 Islands

Thur., July 19th – Today was a day of traveling across the Adirondacks to the area known as the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence Seaway. The Merry Knoll Campground is beautifully situated right on the waterway near Clayton, NY. When we found out we were just in time for the Poker Run, we went downtown to the “boat party” street preview of these monstrous speed boats. We caught a great view of the sunset on the water before heading back to our rigs before dark. Interesting Fact: Thousand Island Dressing was named in honor of the beautiful...

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Jul 13, 2016 - 1000 Islands

Touring 1000 islands today. We have caught up with summer - 87 yesterday going to 93 today. One a/C in the RV will not keep up. We are camped at a small campground/RV park just outside Clayton, NY. We started our adventure of 1000 islands, with a 2.5 hour boat tour starting in the little town of Alexandria Bay. We had a beautiful sunny, and warm day for our boat tour. We really enjoyed the tour along the American side of the river and later along the Canadian side of the river. After the tour we had refreshments and drove over to Gananoque,...

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Sep 9, 2015 - Thousand Islands/Clayton NY

We traveled to the Thousand Islands area of Upstate New York, where my parents spent many years as children and then as young adults falling in love. Another New York State Park (Fair Haven) was predictably beautiful, with our campsite on a bluff overlooking the St Lawrence River. Surprisingly, the river is remarkably clear and pristine. We watched seagoing vessels headed up and down the river right in front of our camp. The only way to see the islands are up close was to take a cattle boat cruise around the area. We saw hundreds of turn of...

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Sep 18, 2014 - Antique Boat Museum and Tibbett's Point

The morning was damp and cold so we went to the Antique Boat Museum; the largest in the US so they say. It was an impressive collection of the most beautiful, wooden boats from the 30’s to the 80’s. There were old racing boats, fishing boats and luxury cruisers all lovingly restored and maintained. The exhibits were informative and the boats just simply beautiful. In the afternoon, we drove to Cape Vincent to visit the Tibbets Point Lighthouse which marks the point where Lake Ontario dumps its water into the St. Lawrence River creating the...

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Falling Leaves Tour

Sep 17, 2014 - French Creek Paddle

This morning, we decided to try to paddle up/down French Creek located on the outskirts of Clayton, New York. The St. Lawrence itself was wind-whipped but French Creek was more sheltered though for the first three miles, we battled an impressive headwind. Of course, once we turned around, the trip back to the marina took much less time. The geography was very New Jersey salt marshish despite the fact that the marshes were fresh water. The creek was filled with algae and a lot of seaweed and water lilies so it was more difficult to paddle...

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Aug 8, 2014 - Family Time in New York (part duex)

We spent a week on the St. Lawrence River in a wonderful part of New York. The area is known as 1000 islands and I am sure there are closer to 2000. Our daughter Shannon and her boyfriend, Lou, invited us to spend some time at their family camp. We had a great time touring the islands and seeing the sites. What a wonderful place to send family time and recharge.

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Sep 14, 2013 - Ancestry and the St. Lawrence Seaway

Leaving Vermont was bitter sweet in that we enjoyed ourselves very much and we understand that we have to come back to spend much more time. But, we were able to "officially" put three states, Maine, New Hampshire & Vermont on our map. These last two stops only facilitated our being able to come to THIS stop in the 1000 Islands of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The drive was beautiful, 268 miles including, up the islands on Lake Champlain then in a westerly direction on highway 11 to Alexandria Bay, NY. Our RV site at the 1000 Islands...

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Jun 26, 2013 - Heuvelton, Day Trip

It was a great day in Heuvelton, NY. We spent the day with our Forest neighbors, Dick and Mary Barlow in their summer home. The Barlow's raised their 3 children while living in this 4 bedroom 1 bath home they purchased in 1963. When the kids were grown Dick added a 2nd bathroom. Mary drove us around this quaint community of 700 peeps. We visited the Amish countryside, the Pickens Hall General Store and the Lousardis Cheese Factory. Mary fixed a wonderful 3 course lunch with Ice Cream for dessert. After lunch it was off for a tour of a real,...

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Jun 25, 2013 - Lazy Day in A-Bay

A short drive to Alexandria Bay for Lunch at the Clipper Inn. Then to the Post Office, Car Wash and Laundromat. What Wikipedia says about Alexandria Bay, NY: While Alexandria Bay has a relatively low population during the winter months and has no colleges, the late spring, summer, and early fall seasons bring an influx of vacationers and avid boaters that cause the population of the village to exceed 15,000. There are a variety of motels and hotels in the immediate village area. Boat tours are available of the bay and river area...

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Jun 23, 2013 - World Trade Center

Today was our last day to spend with the "Boys". We started with breakfast at the Grove Street Café and then went to the Subway Station for a short ride under the Hudson River to the World Trade Center, site of the New WTC and the Reflection Ponds that sit where the original Twin Towers were. During our 3 days in NYC we became quite familiar with the subway and PATH Trains.

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