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Sep 12, 2019 - Boldt Castle

September 12, Temps Low 49, High 75 Boldt Castle Started out light rain then cloudy and by the time we got to the castle it was mid 70’s and the sun was out. Did have a lot of wind all day. We joked was this going to be like Labrador when the ferry did not show up because of high wind. Boldt Castel was built as a token of George C. Boldt’s love of his wife Louise. The builders were told to spar no expense in the construction. In 1904 Louise died (ran away with the boat mechanic-you choose the story you like), George stopped all...

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summer 2019

Sep 11, 2019 - Singer Castle

Sep 11 Temps low of 49 high of 79 The morning started out raining but by 11:00 it was starting to clear up so we decided to drive over to Alexandria Bay and take an Uncle Sam boat cruise. We chose the 3 hour two castle cruise. The first stop was Singer Castle. The Castle was built in 1905 by Frederick Bourne he is the founder of the Singer sewing machine company. The machines sold for $40, more money than most folks could afford, so he came up with the idea of renting them for $1 per month. Next was a return trip up stream to the Boldt...

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summer 2019

Sep 9, 2019 - Drove from Picton to1000 island RV Park, NY

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...

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summer 2019

Sep 7, 2019 - Merry Knoll - Clayton

After we left Belden Hill, we headed northwest to the small town of Clayton NY. We originally had planned to stay a week in the town of Clayton, but our truck issues made us shorten our stay. We are sure glad we made it though because the 1000 Islands area of New York is absolutely gorgeous! Our campground sits right on the St. Lawrence River and was just outside the small town of Clayton. The day after we arrived, we hopped on Bill and rode west to the town of Cape Vincent where we bought a ticket on a ferry and headed across the river to...

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2019 Life in our RV

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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Falling Leaves Tour

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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