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Castle to Castle Continued

Wellesley Island, NY, August 27, 2012

overcast 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.
Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle

The Play House

The Play House

Part of the garden

Part of the garden

The Power House

The Power House

the swimming pool

the swimming pool

The grand staircase

The grand staircase

Sitting room

Sitting room

Louise's Bedroom

Louise's Bedroom

The Italian Garden at Boldt

The Italian Garden at Boldt

Skylite Dome

Skylite Dome

Boldt Yacht House

Boldt Yacht House

Racing boat

Racing boat

Yacht House Quarters

Yacht House Quarters


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.

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Castle to Castle

Alexandria Bay, NY, August 26, 2012

sunny 89 °F

This morning, being Sunday, we all went to church together. Today we chose a Catholic Mass at the Tabernacle at Thousand Island Park. The neatest part was that it was an open air service. From the front the Tabernacle looks like an enclosed building, but when you get around to the back it is open. We had breakfast right there in town and then came home to relax and do a few chores.
At 1:00 we took an Uncle Sam Boat Tour to Singer Castle. First we had a 1 hour narrated ride to the castle where we learned about some of the people who have or do live on some of the islands. There are actually 1864 islands, not 1000. When we arrived at Singer Castle we joined Zachariah for a 1 hour tour of the 28 room castle that was built as a hunting lodge from 1903-1905. It was owned by Frederick Bourne, who was the fifth president of the Singer Manufacturning Company. There are some really unusual features like many hidden passageways for servants, a creepy painting that has eyes that watch you and a Royal Suite that can be rented out. Our return trip included another castle, Boldt Castle on Heart Island. We chose not to do that one today because we had friends waiting for us in Alexandria Bay.
Cute island on St Lawrence

Cute island on St Lawrence

The turret

The turret

The tennis lawn

The tennis lawn

The breakfast room

The breakfast room

How did they get 7 kids??

How did they get 7 kids??

At Singer Castle

At Singer Castle

Boldt Castle

Boldt Castle

The Playhouse at Boldt Castle

The Playhouse at Boldt Castle


Annette and Phil live in New Hartford and love this area, so they came up for a day or so. We met up with them and the 6 of us went to dinner at Coleman's Dock of the Bay right on the water. It was a fun time with our 2 different sets of friends getting to know each other. Annette and Phil then came back to the campground and we had a great fire. On the way back the sun did its magic and produced a spectacular sunset.
Dinner at A- Bay.

Dinner at A- Bay.

Annette and Phil

Annette and Phil

The campfire

The campfire

Another spectacular sunset

Another spectacular sunset


It was not again today, but only high 80s, no 90s, and lots of sun.

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The River

Clayton, NY, August 25, 2012

sunny 91 °F

Today was our 39th anniversary, so Happy Anniversary to us!
It was a busy day on The River, as the St. Lawrence River is known. Our first stop today was the area known as Thousand Islands Park. It started out as a religious campground and grew into a quaint village with small homes surrounding the Tabernacle. There is a little downtown area and a beautiful park right on the river. It really is a lovely spot.
Fineview summer home

Fineview summer home

Neat Victorian home

Neat Victorian home

Dock at Fineview

Dock at Fineview

Boats resting.

Boats resting.


After crossing the bridge we drove into Clayton. Of all the towns up here, Clayton is, by far, my favorite. It is just a pretty town on the river. Our friends, Linda and Phil, were vendors at the Craft Fair today, so first we went there. This was a high class craft fair and it was obvious by the merchandise being sold. Next we had lunch at Bella's on the river, a great eating spot that we have been to before. They have expanded it since we were there last and we still had to wait almost 1/2 hour for an outside table. We perused the shops and headed to the Antique Boat Museum. We have all been inside, so we just admired the boats outside at the docks. There were so many beautiful boats, many of them wooden. Since the last time we were in Clayton a number of murals have been painted on the walls in town, and they are just beautiful, depicting life in Clayton, some from earlier times. Linda told us about Tibbitt's Point in Cape Vincent, so that was our next destination. None of us had been to Cape Vincent, so that was a natural. Tibbitt's Point has a lighthouse, fog horn house and 2 hostels and they all stand right where "the river meets the lake". Unfortunately you can't go up in the lighthouse, but it really was a great spot and a beautiful drive to get there.
What a neat wooden boat

What a neat wooden boat

Anniversary lunch at Bella's Bistro

Anniversary lunch at Bella's Bistro

Cool Murals in Clayton

Cool Murals in Clayton

Historic Clayton, NY

Historic Clayton, NY

Clayton Opera House

Clayton Opera House

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse

Tibbetts Point Lighthouse

Tibbetts Point Foghorn

Tibbetts Point Foghorn


After checking out a few more State Parks for camping, we arrived back home in time to pack up some snacks and drinks and take to the river. We had tickets for a 2 hour ride right from our campground and it was a beautiful night to do so. We just caught the sunset on our way back, which was a great way to end the evening.
Calumet Island

Calumet Island

Watch Island

Watch Island

Wow!

Wow!

Better than Key West!

Better than Key West!


It was HOT today, into the 90s and sunny.

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A Beautiful Day :)

Wellesley Island, NY, August 24, 2012

sunny 83 °F

Exploring was the plan this morning, so we went to the Minna Anthony Common Nature Center and Museum right here in the State Park. After walking around the museum and seeing the exhibits, we headed out on one of many hiking trails here. We chose the Eel Bay Trail which follows the river for quite a while. There were many beautiful spots to view the river, along with some glacial potholes and a butterfly house. Our hike was about 2.5 miles with a bike ride of about 1.5, so a good way to start the day.
Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

Minna Anthony Common Nature Center

The River

The River

Wildlife on The River

Wildlife on The River

The Narrows

The Narrows

Hiking

Hiking

Beaver lodge on the pond

Beaver lodge on the pond

Butterfly house

Butterfly house


We returned home for lunch and Shirley needed to rest due to some allergy problems. The guys took me and we went into Alexandria Bay. First stop was Uncle Sam Boat Tours to find out our options for going to Singer Castle. It was pretty quiet in town and we strolled the main street with a nice stop at the boat docks. We even had some entertainment on the dock.
Before returning home we detoured to the Boldt Castle Yacht House to see about going there and to the castle.
For dinner this evening we joined Linda and Phil, from Sylvan Beach and Florida, in Clayton at Foxy's. Linda and Phil have a lovely house in Clayton with a view of The River and are here for the weekend because they are exhibitors at this weekend's craft fair. Dinner was delicious and Foxy's is right on The River with a beautiful sunset this evening.
Welcome to Alexandria Bay

Welcome to Alexandria Bay

Linda and Phil's house in Clayton

Linda and Phil's house in Clayton

The gang's all here at Foxy's

The gang's all here at Foxy's

Sunset on The River

Sunset on The River

Motoring along

Motoring along

Just beautiful

Just beautiful

Wow!

Wow!


The weather was wonderful, with a high of 83° and lots of sun.

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Are there really 1000 islands?

Wellesley Island, NY, August 23, 2012

sunny 83 °F

We took our time packing up this morning and left Sylvan Beach about 9 am. Our ride up to Wellesley Island State Park was easy and enjoyable. Arrival time was about 11:30. Luckily, when we arrived we were able to go right to our site because no one had been on the site the night before. After setting up we had lunch and our neighbors across the way came over. They are in the market for a 5th wheel and we were happy to give them a tour of ours and a little bit of knowledge we have gleaned over the years. They must have been impressed because they invited us for dinner, so when Bob and Shirley (yes, the same Bob and Shirley from before) arrived we all joined them for dinner. It was delicious! The neatest part was that they are from the Horseheads and Elmira area and know all the places that Shirley knows from growing up in Wellsburg! Small world. We had a great fire after dinner and watched the wildlife and sunset.
Our site

Our site

Fawn and geese

Fawn and geese

Wildlife

Wildlife

Sunset

Sunset

Sitting around the fire

Sitting around the fire

Great fire

Great fire


The weather was beautiful, with highs in the low 80s, lots of sun and quite a bit of wind in the afternoon.

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