Clayton, New York - 1000 Islands
Unlike those commonly referenced "fair weather friends", our perfect weather friends invited us to a beautiful location and provided the weather to enjoy it!
We haven't seen them since January, but when we meet John and Pam at her mom's house it's like no time has passed.
It's Saturday in the quaint town of Clayton, NY, and there's a classic car show to attend. Filling all of the four-block downtown, lots of folks have brought their shiny offerings for sharing and judging. With the St Lawrence River just yards away, it is a lovely setting. And yes, the weather is wonderful.
Too bad I forget my camera at the motorhome :-(
|Good looking classics. And an old car.|
|Lots of muscle cars|
|This Hearst could have easily won both Most Original and Best Presentation|
|Bill checking out the Belair he'd take home|
|The Dodge Challenger was my favorite in high school.|
|Discerning judges discussing their choices|
|Attracting the largest crowds is this Centurion X1-9. Kubota Tractor D850 3 cylinder, 17 hp. Ran the 2014-2016 Toyota Green Grand Prix and gets 214-250 mpg!!|
|An alley of old signs|
|with people they know.|
|A small cruise ship passes by|
After returning to Mom's house we all climb in their Jeep for an expanded tour that includes Wellesley Island, and then the Tibbets Point Lighthouse.
The island is like traveling back in time to summer "cottages" that stand two stories high with expansive front porches and stately architecture. With the season over, there is very little activity here, although sailboats and other small watercraft still play on the water. The views from the Hwy 81 bridge are amazing. The cell phone camera doesn't capture how lovely it is here, so I just leave it in my pocket.
Having never visited it themselves, the Tibbets Lighthouse in Cape Vincent is a new adventure for all of us. Sitting where Lake Ontario meets the St Lawrence River, the 58' tower was built in 1827 and features the only working original Fresnel lens on Lake Ontario.
The wind is up, and the clouds have started building, but the temperature is still great for exploring the grounds and the buildings that are open. In addition to the lighthouse and visitors' center are two keepers cottages and a working hostel.
After several years of fighting for funding, the fog-signal building was built in 1897. We're able to visit this building that includes audio information, displays and signs. Although the building sits at the edge of the lake, a reservoir was excavated in the rocky bank near the signal house and connected to the lake by an inlet channel to provide water for the steam-powered signal. The fog-horn last blew in 1981, when the Coast Guard vacated the station.
|Tibbets Point Lighthouse|
|One of several warning signs|
Sunday we tuck into our football and laundry routine. Happy with the outcome of the games (Steelers are ranked #1 in the power standings this week!), it's a good day :-)
Although beautiful to see some of them from shore, to truly appreciate the 1000 Islands, you have to see them from the water.
Mid-day on Monday we do that.
Uncle Sam Boat Tours departs from Alexander Bay with several options. We choose the 2 Nations Tour - a 2.5 hour ride that takes us into Canadian waters and back to Boldt Castle.
Having perfect weather scheduled to last our entire visit, we sit in the open-air top deck for our tour. Every seat is full as others take advantage of the blue skies and light breeze.
|Our tour boat is the same size as the one in front here - these big ships are incredible.|
|We don't see ships like this on the Colorado :-)|
|Hundreds of these massive homes - most are very lovely.|
|Bridge to Canada|
|This side of the bridge is full of whirlpools that never freeze, even when the rest of the lake is solid.|
|Well built docks make for smooth delivery of everything from passengers to propane.|
|What part of "don't stand in front of the boat, please take photos from the back" isn't clear?|
|International Border - see it?|
|A great opportunity to see a tall-sails ship|
|River's name-sake, Saint Lawrence|
|If it remains above water 365 days a year, and can sustain a tree, then it's an island. We know people who know this stuff!|
|My favorite property has a nice house in Canada|
|and an adjoining yard in the US.|
|"I own a whole island!"|
|Boldt Castle on Heart Island|
|The Children's Castle|
|The boat house|
We opt out of the castle tour and return to Alexander Bay. John and Pam meet us there for a late lunch, but the little town is pretty much closed for the season. Instead, we return to Clayton and enjoy a delicious meal on Bella's patio.
The Internet has decided this post is long enough, making downloading nearly impossible. So I'll wrap up our stay in the next post.