Wellesley Island, NY, August 27, 2012
08.27.2012 77 °F
The weather forecast was not terrific for today with rain arriving in the afternoon. Due to that we motored on down to the Boldt Yacht House when it opened this morning. We admired the boats a bit and then jumped on the shuttle to the castle before the weather could deteriorate. It has been a number of years since we have been to Boldt Castle and the change is amazing! So much more of it has been completed and so beautifully. You do a self guiding tour which enables you to stay as long as you like and we did. Starting with the playhouse, we wandered on to the power house, then through the tunnel to the pool. Finally we found our way up into the living areas. The main foyer is gorgeous with sitting rooms, library, ballroom and dining room restored to the splendor that George Boldt would have been proud of. After ascending the grand staircase we saw a 15 minute video about the family and the history. We also saw George, Louise and Clover's rooms on the second floor. Not much has been done on the third or fourth floor, but you can see the dome of the skylight. There are many outside decks, some with fireplaces, that looked very inviting. Luckily we had no rain and hopped back on the shuttle to return to the yacht house. George Boldt owned as many as 60 boats at one time and there is quite a collection of them in the yacht house. There were all different kinds of boats from racing boats to a steamer and in perfectly restored condition. Also in the yacht house are the living quarters of the men that worked there as well as a shop for building and repairing boats. We had a wonderful time without any rain.
After lunch Bob and Shirley went into Rockport, Ontario to visit friends and I went to do laundry.
We did get a little bit of rain in the afternoon, but I was doing laundry, so it was not a problem. We had one last campfire tonight.
The temperature only reached about 77 and that didn't last long. No sun today, lots of clouds.