A tale of two countries…

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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The Willows on the Lake RV Park
What I did
Uncle Sam's Boat Tours from Alexandria Bay, NY

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It was partly cloudy this morning with a temperature in the high 50's when we got up. As we pulled out of camp at 9:00 it was 67.

Our drive today was north, back through the edge of Watertown on our way to Alexandria Bay and a tour on Uncle Sam’s Boat Tour of The Thousand Islands. The drive was lovely and we were very surprised to see some of the maples already turning color as we drove north! The wildflowers along the road were spectacular.

We arrived at our destination, Alexandria Bay, NY at 10:20 so our drive wasn’t too terribly long. After signing up for the 2 hour Two Countries Tour which was scheduled to start at 11:30, we walked through the little village for about 40 minutes. We had hoped to find a place that we could park Big Muf in and spend the night there in Alexandria Bay and actually thought we had found one but as it turned out later, it was not to be.

The boat pulled out a little after 11:30 and we had a marvelous trip. The weather was just perfect—a few clouds in a blue, blue sky, low humidity, and just enough breeze to keep us comfortable. Perfect! Our boat ride was in The St. Lawrence Seaway as we wended our way past many of The Thousand Islands that lie in the water there. Our trip along with its views of monstrous mansions as well as tiny little houses that dot the islands there was incredible. Many of the huge older mansions were built before the stock market crash in 1929 and they were outstanding in their opulence. We personally liked some of the tiny little jewel boxes of houses along our tour better. All of them were wonderful to look at and drool over, and our trip was superb.

After coming back to town we tried again to find a close place to park overnight so that we could enjoy the little harbor village but finally gave up and just had "lupper" (lunch and supper) before heading on our way. Our first thought was that we would go back to where we were last night which was a lovely park and, as John said, “The only KOA we have ever stayed at that felt like it was a bargain.” Its only problem was the ba-jillions of tiny little flying bugs that were all over the place taking some of the fun out of being outside. That was where we were headed anyway but stopped instead at The Willows on the Lake RV Park about 10 miles before we would have gotten to the KOA. It is a nice park, albeit not a fancy one, but the lot is very level, and (say it in unison!!) the power is good, there is free wifi, and THERE ARE NO BUGS! We have a view of Lake Ontario and plan to walk down to a gazebo on the lake in a little while to watch the sunset. We are both tired this evening—I guess all the wind and sun on our tour today—and are looking forward to a quiet evening. It has been a good day.

We drove 97 miles today and John says that we have probably gone as far North as we will on this trip. We filled up with gasoline and the price of gas was $3.89/gallon. (Cash price)
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Lora Carbary on

I am loving every bit of your trip and living through you guys. I wish I could inherit one of those big houses on the water. I wonder what the real estate price is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. I loved all the pics and glad you had sunny days. If no one has told you we had really nice weather before today it was very very cool. I have never seen it this cool in July. I can't wait to see where you go on the next blog.

Judy Meador on

I thought at first I wouldn't be able to see the pictures, but when I clicked on what looked like a color version of a 1952 test pattern, there were the pictures. And awesome ones they are I might say.
You know I feast on your blogs, but we do miss you!

Ed C on

Pictures came out good on mine, and they are great. Just clicked on the icon.

Nancy Norris on

Pics are beautiful! Wonder how much they pay in taxes each year!

D. Crip on

Wow, some of those houses! I'm with you, I like the small tiny ones better. You'd have to have a staff of 40 to keep that castle going, I bet. The scenery is beautiful and it really makes me want to go up to that part of the country again and explore places we have not yet been. Try to stay away from the bazillion of bugs.....

Yvonne Foley on

I'm so glad you took the Uncle Sam's Boat tour. Now you are where I grew up. My sister lives in Henderson, and another sister spends the summers in Sandy Pond.

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