|Driving into the town of Ovid where our RV park was we saw a view of Cayuga Lake in the distance. This is farmland with many Amish families in the area so horse and buggy transportation is common.|
|The Captain waiting to have a wine tasting while I took pictures of the interior.|
While in Ovid we stopped at a local ice cream parlor that sells ice cream cups for dogs. It's vanilla swirled ice cream with biscuits on top.
|Lucy got right to it and slurped out chunks of ice cream along with the biscuits.|
|Desi ate his very methodically and slowly enjoying every lick. I think this was his first, ever ice cream cup.|
|While Desi spit out the biscuit toppings Lucy gulped her ice cream down so she could grab the biscuits on the floor of the car.|
|Yes, it was messy, but this was the one day while there when it was slightly raining and cool and I chose to stay in the shelter of the car.|
Several days later we met our good friends from Australia who were kind enough to drive 6 hours from Canada to meet up with us and check out more wineries.
|The four of us drove a good distance to a winery on Lake Ontario. The owner of the winery was a meteorologist who decided to also change careers.|
|It was a beautiful day and we had to take more pictures of Lake Ontario.|
|Our RV park was right on the water a short drive from Sackets Bay.|
|A resident of the park decided to wade into the harbor water to check it out. Shall we say she was mature.|
|We gave her a great deal of credit because the water in Lake Ontario was a bit on the cool side.|
|Driving into downtown Sackets Harbor we found out there was a Can-Am festival going on.|
|The streets were lined with flowers and beautiful plants.|
|Not exactly the same as the Can-Am festival in South Carolina, streets were closed off so vendors could set up their wares.|
|This shop sidewalk had shoe plants along the walk.|
|One vendor had an owl sitting on a perch in a tree hollow and it was actually a live owl. They found it abandoned in the woods and nursed it back to health.|
|Tents with wares were everywhere|
|and bands were playing music.|
|Sometimes they didn't make it all the way down.|
|There were a few accidents|
|and a few tears but everyone had a good time.|
|The pups swam in the harbor to cool off because it was another hot day.|
|Lots of sailboats were out.|
|We visited the Sackets Harbor Battlefield.|
|This lovely place was the Commandant's House.|
|A view of the harbor from the battlefield.|
|As we left town one of the news stations was filming the commentary about the soapbox derby.|
|And a young couple was just leaving a church after their nuptials.|
|One evening our RV park had a music party with a local couple who were pretty good.|
|Everyone came out to listen along with their pets.|
|The Captain brought his camera and took some lovely pictures of the setting sun.|
|The water is a very dark color probably from the minerals in the area so we can see why it is called the Black River.|
Also found something I had never heard of before. They look like ostrich eggs but aren't.
|Buildings in downtown Clayton had murals painted on the side walls depicting the town life many years ago.|
|Situated across from the riverfront is the historic Johnston House, 1880, built for a local shipbuilder and captain.|
|A 1948 Ford tractor $3,950.|
|I didn't know that !|
|Alexandria Bay is another neat little town that also takes credit for creating 1000 Island Dressing. Hmmm!|
This area is called Thousand Islands because the St Lawrence River is home to over 1,864 islands that straddle the Canada-US border. The islands range in size from over 40 square miles to smaller islands unoccupied or sometimes inhabited by a single resident. To count as one of the Thousand Islands, emergent land within the river channel must have at least one square foot of land above water level year-round and support for at least two living trees.
|Many homes are seasonal while a few with road access can be lived in year-round.|
|The Thousand Island Bridge from the US to Canada. Actually it is a series of four bridge spans attached to islands crossing over the river.|
|Some of the islands have many homes and the river was full of watercraft.|
|Wellesley Island State Park has a lovely marina and many sites for campers and RVers.|
|There were many stately homes.|
|I liked this one and especially the boat parked out front.|
|Other islands were minimal at best. Several we saw only had a hammock and grill or lounge chairs to sit on. The owner and family boat over and have a cookout while watching all the other boaters and ships travel past.|
George Boldt immigrated to the United States in 1864 at the age of thirteen. He began as a kitchen worker in New York and was hired at age 25, by his future father-in-law, to manage the dining room of Philadelphia's most exclusive gentleman's club, the Philadelphia Club.
|When you approach the castle the first thing you see is the Power House which was built to hold a generator to supply the island with power.|
|This building was created as a play area for the children who visited.|
|The grand entranceway.|
|The stained glass ceiling in the entranceway.|
|The hall ceilings were exquisite.|
|The original Boldt dining room furniture and accessories.|
|Views of the St Lawrence River from one of the many verandas at the castle.|
|A view from the third floor.|
The castle was not close to completion when the work stopped in 1904. Many of the rooms looked like these next pictures. For 73 years the castle and other structures were exposed to vandals and harsh winter weather. Finally, the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority acquired Heart Island and the nearby yacht house in 1977, for one dollar, under the agreement that all revenues obtained from the castle operation would be applied towards restoration.
|Many rooms in the house looked like this when the Bridge Authority bought the property.|
In the next two decades the Bridge Authority spent $15 million for the restoration and work continues annually to restore the complete property. The initial goal was to restore Heart Island to the state it was in when construction was halted but improvements have gone beyond that stage. Many of the improvements now seen in the main hall are not originals but modern innovation.
|Another room that was never completed.|
All in all, it was a nice tour of the castle but we were a little disappointed because it wasn't like seeing the Biltmore Estate or other great homes where the people actually lived in them.
|More gorgeous homes on the river. This is the only one painted a purple color.|
|A nest of baby osprey.|
|This home has a bridge you can cross over to the owner's second island. Interestingly, the larger island with the house is on Canadian soil and the second island is U.S. land. I wonder if they need a passport to cross over?|
|A figure of St Lawrence whom the river was named for.|
|A high level deck with a railing made of Plexiglas.|
|A huge blue heron that everyone snapped a picture of until you got close enough to realize it was man-made.|
And then it was time for us to move on again. We drove back down to Bath, NY, and stopped at a repair facility to get the motor replaced for our hydraulic lifts.
|A nice repair place with very friendly people.|
|They had electric hookups and water so it was easy to spend the night there.|
|They even had a large field for the Captain to run the pups in because they always seem to need exercise.|
|As we were leaving the Finger Lakes I saw this cute sign I wanted to share with you. No matter how old you are, there are always ways to make money! Peace!|