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Sep 24, 2011 - Day 26

We woke up this morning to a very light drizzle. Eddi decided to do some laundry before we did anything else. Early afternoon cleared up enough for us to head to downtown Clayton to visit a couple of shops she was interested in. Unfortunately, I failed to remember that the park host told me that there was an antique car show this Sat in downtown Clayton. We could not find anywhere to park within reasonable distance, so we decided to go visit the two wineries that we had an interest in. The first was called Coyote Moon. We tasted a few of...

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Summer 2011

Sep 24, 2011 - Clayton, NY

Last night John and I decided it was time for a nice dinner out. We had no idea where to go, but we had seen a motel and restaurant on the other side of Clayton that looked nice. We dressed better than jeans, and drove to the Clipper Inn. There were a lot of cars in the parking lot, which is a good sign, especially since we have not seen a large number of people in Clayton. We were glad we had dressed a little nicer because the place was full and everyone had one casual dress (no jeans). The restaurant is large and almost every table was...

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Sep 23, 2011 - Day 25

We woke today to a beautiful sunny day. We drove over to Alexandria Bay, NY to take a 2 hour boat cruise around the 1000 islands. The tour company was known as Uncle Sam's. The boat the we rode in was only 2 decks, versus the three decks in the picture. We had a great tour guide and took a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, I was not able to remember all of the owners names or information about the various islands. Our tour actually took us up around Wellesly Island, one of the larger island in the seaway, into Canadian waters. Customs was not...

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Summer 2011

Sep 23, 2011 - Cruise the St. Lawrence Seaway

We decided to take the St. Lawrence Seaway cruise with Uncle Sam's Cruises today. The weather in the morning was perfect, breezy, warm with high thin clouds. We had brunch in Arvy. I had found some Canadian White bread to try. We made French Toast and used some of our Vermont maple syrup....really good. We drove to Alexandria Bay, about 10 miles the other side of Clayton. It is a nice little town, too, but much more touristy, not a quiet as Clayton. In the winter there are about 900 residents...on the 4th of July there are 25,000 people in...

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Sep 23, 2011 - Boldt Castle

George C. Boldt came to American from Prussia at the age of 12 in the 1860s. He became the most successful hotel magnate in America. He managed the Waldorf-Astoria in N.Y. and the Bellevue-Stratford in Philidelphia. He and his wife, Louise, and their son and daughter vacationed in the 1000 island area. He purchased Hart Island and planned Boldt Castle as a testimony of his love for his wife. Construction took several years and included the power house and the Alster Tower (play house with a bowling alley in the basement). Boldt purchased...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Antique Boat Museum - Clayton, NY

The Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY claims to have the largest collection of antique water craft in the country. Their collection occupies five buildings, and some of the boats on display are in the water. The largest craft is the houseboat La Duchesse (The Duchess). It's more than 100 years old, and it has sunk twice, but each time it was raised and restored. It can accommodate 16 guests plus the staff to support them. The last restoration included a new steel hull to replace the original wooden one. It has no power of its own and had...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Clayton, NY

We are staying a few miles outside of Clayton, NY. This morning we drove into Clayton to look around and to have lunch. The town is small and very scenic. We had lunch at Bella's on the water. Their bakery bakes the sandwich breads and lots of sweet goodies. Lunch was good. We treated ourselves to the bakery. As we munched out cookies and turnovers, we walked along the water. There is a small Centennial park on the water. The weather was perfect. Later, I did the laundry and read my book while John went back downtown to the Antique Boat...

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Sep 22, 2011 - Day 24

Today we left Wolcott, NY to drive further up the Ontario coast to the St Lawrence Seaway and will be spending several days here near Clayton, NY at the Merry Knoll 1000 Island Campground. A fairly short drive today, only 2.5 hours. Sunny for the most part, a little foggy here along the seaway. After getting set up at our parking site, we drove about 15 miles to see the Tibbitts Point Lighthouse. The visitors center was being renovated, so all we could do was walk around the grounds. We then returned to the campground after looking at...

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Summer 2011

Sep 21, 2011 - Clayton, NY

We left the Lake Champlain area this morning and headed west. We followed US2, then NY37, along the shores of the St. Lawrence Seaway. We kept hoping to find a place we could pull over and take some pictures, but houses and resorts were in places nearest the shoreline. Along the way we drove through the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation...the gas was 16 cents cheaper because of no taxes, and cigarette shops were abundant advertising no taxes. There was one really nice casino and several not so nice looking casinos. Most of the day was...

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Jul 21, 2011 - On the St. Lawrence Seaway and Boldt Castle

Today has warmed up a bunch--upper 80's on the Seaway. So we took a 4 hour boat tour thru the Thousand Islands and did a tour of Boldt Castle. The homes on the islands are really great--and there are lots of them. The Boldt Castle was started in 1900 by Mr. Boldt for his wife. Unfortunately, she died before it was finished--so it stayed that way until about 1970! Restoration has begun and the first two floors are finished along with the beautiful grounds and flower beds. The boat ride was fun with a little spray from the wind on the Seaway....

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Jul 20, 2011 - Touring Clayton, NY and the Boat Museum

Clayton, NY, is a small town on the St. Lawrence Seaway that is wonderful to walk around. The Boat Museum is really great--lots of wooden boats that are beautiful to see as well as tour. We got a wonderful tour of a house boat built around 1900 that is being restored. The houseboat was built by Mr. Boldt who also built the Castle we will tour tomorrow. Remember the skylight in the houseboat--there is one in the Castle also. Mr. Boldt had over 60 boats at his Castle. We walked around Clayton and visited the Rat Cheese Shop--got some cheese...

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Jun 21, 2011 - Travel to 1,000 Islands, NY

We arrived Merry Knoll Campground around 5:30 PM after driving about 456 miles (but who's counting). We plan to be here in the 1,000 Islands Area until Saturday and then on to Vermont. I have posted a few pictures but there is a lot to see here in 1,000 Islands. We are right on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway and from our campsite we can see "Russia" (I mean Canada). Please be sure to click on the Merry Knoll Campground web site at: www.merryknollcampgound.com BE SURE TO WATCH THE VIDEO CLIP ON THIS SITE. Come and stay at Merry...

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