Day One – Bye-Bye America – Hello Cana

Trip Start Jul 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 04, 2012

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Juniper Island

Flag of United States  , New York
Saturday, July 28, 2012

Kim woke me about a half hour before I was to get up and ready. He tongue was swollen and her feet hurt.  She made a few calls and looked on the Internet to see what the reactions were to the new medication she was on.  Apparently two of her prescriptions have the possible side-affects that she is experiencing.  I was getting worried about her and wanted her to go to the Emergency Room.  She wanted to sleep a little longer to see how she felt.  I want to get this taken care of here, before we get to Canada.  I have this fear that Canadian healthcare is a bucket of leaches and some bone-saws!  Just kidding!

We went back to sleep for another two hours and Kim was feeling better.  I still wanted to go to the Emergency Room, but Kim was convinced that she was getting better.  We loaded up the RAV4 and headed-off for Canada.

On the way, we would call Beth to see where they were.  We assumed they would be about two or three hours ahead of us.  I drove as fast as I thought I could get away with.  As we made the turn up I-81, we were only twenty minutes behind them.  Even with two beer stops, we were only ten or fifteen minutes behind.  It took several boat loads to get Beth's family and mine to the island.

Juniper Island was original called Straight Island in 1862.  It was valued at $20 (probably worth more than that today!).  It became a quarry in 1883 and was closed in 1900.  William Sargent, a wealthy industrialist, was visiting a nearby island and fell in love with the area.  In 1913 he purchased Juniper Island.  He had Tiffany design the Main Lodge and the Boathouse.  The island has been in the family since then.  Jeff Rand is the current owner and caretaker.

It was a little more rustic than the photos on the web site, but it was OK with me.  Kim will not like this.  A Motel 8 is about where her line is between a "hotel" and camping.  I got to our room first.  We have an awesome view out of our window.  It is not furnished with new stuff, but it has a charm about it.  There is no drywall on the walls.  We can see the backside of the wooded siding on the building.  I think I am going to enjoy this place.  Kim walked around a bit and said it was OK and she could stay here!

Mary loved the cruise last year.  She was not as excited about this vacation as Kim was.  I told Mary to consider this island the Carnival Fun Ship Juniper Island.  She was not amused!!!!

We are staying in the Boathouse.  Jeff Rand said it has not been renovated yet and the furniture is from the other cabins after they were renovated and got new furniture.  The only exception was the king-sized bed that Kim and I are using. The Boathouse does need a little work, but it is OK.  The girls are staying in the Boathouse as well.  As you enter the second floor of the Boathouse, there is a long corridor that runs to the front of the Boathouse.  Off of this corridor, there are smaller bedrooms with two beds in each room.  At the front, there is a living room.

Beth, Rob, Jama, and Jim are staying in the Point Cabin.  By far, the best cabin on the island.  There is a deck looking in the direction of Lake Ontario.  They have a central living room that looks nice.

Mom and Dad are in the Patty cabin.  It looks nice.  They have a king-sized bed and there are two double rooms off of the living room.  Bria and Mary were looking at these double rooms to see if they were better than the Boathouses rooms!

Ron and Janet are staying in the Buddy cabin.  We have not gone over yet.

All of the boys are staying in the Guest cabin.  It is the highest point on the island.  After watching the boys carry cases of beer up there, we started calling it the bar.  They have a bear-skin rug, completer with head.

The Main Cabin is where the kitchen and living rooms are for the island.  We have a refrigerator for the beverages.  However, I only see a few sodas and very little water.  The bulk of the beverages are some type malted barley sodas!!!

I grabbed the camera and we went walking around the island.  One of the ways I sold this island to Kim was that beach glass would occasionally wash up on the island.  She was skeptical.  As I was walking around on some rocks by the water, I had a thought.  It was too late, but I should have taken some of Kim’s beach glass from home and salted the shore line with it.  I really didn’t need to.  We were on a remote area of the island and she found a ton of the stuff.  No one probably looks for it here and it accumulated over the span of a few years.

Mary heard a new phrase today.  If it is yellow, let it mellow; if it is brown, flush it down.  Apparently, the septic system cannot handle 18 people effectively.  Mary was grossed out by this!

Tonight was steak night!  I got the charcoal fire started and Jama started cooking the steaks.  The wives were in the kitchen busily making the rest of the meal.  I liked watching the event.  It reminded me of when we would have big meals at my Grandmother’s house.  There would always be a lot of activity before the meal.  Everything was good.

It was a little warm inside and I was starting to sweat.  I had to get outside.  I grabbed my camera, because I could see pink in the sky and I knew I would get some good sunset pictures.  It was a nice sunset.  Kim will be upset with the number of pictures I got.

Beth was hosting all of the adults on the Point Cabin’s deck.  We wanted to go, but we were up since 3:00 am with a few cat naps since then.  It was time for bed!
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