UPDATE #11 06/15/06 thru 06/19/06
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We awoke in our “little tree house”, so to speak.
AMARSE was still suspended in the TravelLift hoist awaiting parts.
Donna was up early packing and re-packing for her departure this
morning. We lowered her bags
and belongings down from the sundeck by using ropes.
At 7:45 am, George, the marina owner, drove off to Syracuse to drop
Donna at the Greyhound Terminal. A
relatively short bus ride of a little over 5 hours would bring her to her
daughter’s house in Pennsylvania. Debbie
would pick her up from the “Hound”.
Judy and I tried our best to convince her to stay on for more
adventure, but she had some important priorities to attend to in the near
future. Oh, well, we will miss
her as we had a wonderful time together.
We did some shopping and had lunch at the Bamboo Garden.
It was quite good. Upon
our return to the marina, the parts were in and the installation
progressing. Unfortunately, the
hose they ordered for my washdown pump was the incorrect size so we will
have to defer that permanent repair. Several
of our friends from Waterford arrived this afternoon.
We finally “splashed” the boat and busily worked to bleed air
from the intake systems and re-organizing the boat equipment.
We loaded up with fuel and water in preparation for our morning
Needless to say, the repair bill was a shocker.
I don’t mind paying for good work and value, however, I abhor
inefficient work techniques and lousy results.
Our marina overnight stay was good and I can recommend Ess-Kay Yards
for that, however, I cannot recommend any repair work here.
NY to Henderson Harbor, NY
The early morning conditions were near perfect.
The air was clear and nice and the water still and reflective.
At 6:50 am, we eased away from the slip.
Lock #23, just a few miles away, would provide the last 7 feet of
drop on the Erie Canal prior to our transition to the Oswego Canal.
At 8:15 am, we had now completed the 160-mile eastern portion of the
Erie Canal and turned north to begin the 24 miles and 7 locks of the Oswego
Canal. Lock #1 is unique in
that it is collocated with the only lift bridge on the Oswego system.
With the temperature in the low 70’s and very light winds, we
enjoyed the scenery and the experiences very much.
There is no Lock #4 so that number is skipped.
The currents at the entrance to Lock #5 are tricky so any of you
coming this way, please use extra caution.
At 12:40 pm, we cleared the jetties and passed the lighthouse leading
us into Lake Ontario.
The water is a beautiful, clear blue and indicated 56.6 degrees.
The air temp of 66 degrees and winds of only 5 to 10 mph and seas
about 1-2 feet with an occasional 3 footer made our crossing nice and
At 16:20, we rounded the buoy into Henderson Bay.
Thirty minutes later, we were in Henderson Harbor area.
We motored around for about a half hour and picked up an empty
mooring ball for the night. We
had tried to call the yacht club for permission but didn’t have any luck. A nice guy from the yacht club came by in his sailboat to
inform us that all the moorings were privately owned.
After chatting for a while, he agreed that an overnight probably
wouldn’t be a problem there. He
was even nice enough to invite us to tie up at the yacht club as his guests.
We gracefully declined as we needed to depart early.
I replaced the radar antenna and the TV antenna to their respective
places on the arch. We will
need to take them off again before Chicago but that will be a few months
from now. In the peaceful evening, we enjoyed a salad, Emeril’s
Chicken/Apple sausage, applesauce, and butter/herb mashed potatoes.
This is one of my favorite meals.
I was nice to be securely attached to the mooring as the strong
storms came in over night. Lots of thunder, lightning, and winds, however, we were able
to rest well.
N43 51.300 W076 12.270.
SATURDAY Henderson Harbor, NY
to Cape Vincent, NY
The thunderstorms came in about 4 am.
They caused their usual noisy ruckus and left quickly.
By 8 am, the sky conditions were improving to a breezy, cool, and
overcast morning. We dropped
the mooring and retraced our path out of Henderson Bay.
Lake Ontario was still stirred up a bit from earlier weather and we
rolled back and forth in 3 and 4-foot seas.
Nothing wanted to stay put. I
can’t tell you how many times we picked up the charts and books that had
been tossed to the floor. Our
stepstool would slide rapidly from one side to the other.
Fortunately, we didn’t have too far to travel and we were pleased
to be advancing forward.
By 11:10 am, we were tied up to the city dock at Cape Vincent, NY.
Several other boaters helped us secure the lines making our arrival
easy and pleasant. Cape
Vincent, NY is best known as “the place where the Lake meets the River”.
It is here that Lake Ontario ends and the St. Lawrence SeaWay begins.
This marks the beginning of the longest fresh water passage on the
continent flowing 1600 miles to the northeast.
AMARSE will only travel a very short way on this river.
It is the town-wide yard sale day here in CV.
With wonderful weather, the lawns and driveways were filled with
people and tables of “priceless treasures” offered for a song.
We checked out a couple but quickly conceded that we had no room for
anything else no matter how great the bargain.
Lunch at Ann’s Fisherman’s Fare consisted of a bowl of chili for
Judy and a bowl of Clam Chowder for me.
We walked around the town and enjoyed the architecture of the older
homes and buildings.
We visited the Department of Environmental Conservation laboratory
and aquarium. The DEC does
studies on the fish to evaluate their health and well-being.
The DEC building is very nice and includes dock space for visiting
Tonight’s special at Roxy’s Hotel was Prime Rib.
With our hearts set on a big slab, we took our seats and we were soon
informed that they had already sold out all the Prime Rib.
Disappointed, we ordered the fresh Haddock and were informed that too
was sold out. Well, what a
revolting development. We
decided to go elsewhere and chose Aubrey’s Restaurant for their Haddock
dinner. It was pretty good but
we are still waiting for that perfect one.
Upon our return to the docks, we chatted with a local sail boater.
He helped fill us in on some of his favorite spots around this
Thousand Island region.
N44 07.803 W076 20.034
Vincent, NY to Alexandria Bay, NY
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
listening to the weather forecast last night, I had concluded that we would
be staying right here in Cape Vincent for the next few days.
The forecast was for storms and 35 mph winds.
When we awoke, it was very calm and 70 degrees.
The new, revised forecast was for Hot and winds of only 10 to 15.
GOTTA GO!!! WHERE?
We cast off our lines at 8 am and headed down river along the
American side of the St. Lawrence SeaWay.
We passed by Clayton and were enjoying a beautiful day of boating.
As the morning continued, the pleasure boat traffic multiplied
quickly. The temps were
climbing well into the 80’s. Still
uncertain of a destination, we stopped in Alexandria Bay, NY for fuel.
The city dock just across from the fuel stop was inviting and there
was an opening just large enough for our AMARSE.
We tied up at about noon.
The harbor was very active and people were enjoying this absolutely
beautiful day. We walked
into town and found that a tour boat would take us to a famous castle.
We got our tickets and boarded the shuttle to Boldt Castle.
This place is just awesome. The
first stop on our tour was the “Boldt Boat House”.
What a place. We strolled around the grounds and inside enjoying the
history and restored antique boats on display.
After about 30 minutes, we took the boat shuttle to the main castle.
Some background information will help me explain this gorgeous place.
Before the turn of the century, this area attracted the attention of
about 100 wealthy millionaires. These
folks constructed extravagant vacation homes and boating facilities here in
the Thousand Islands area. Boat
racing was a very popular endeavor among these upper class gentlemen.
Each family sought to construct a more fabulous estate than the next.
Mr. Charles Boldt was one such gentleman.
He had made his fortunes in the Hotel business and it was clear that
money was of no object. He had
constructed the magnificent boat house and charming residence.
Charles, and his wife Louise, soon ordered the residence torn down
and began construction on a magnificent castle.
It would be a tribute to the love of this couple.
Construction began in 1900 and no expense was to be spared. Work
continued for 4 years before tragedy struck.
A telegram in 1904 informed that Louise had died and that all work
was to cease immediately. So devastated was Charles that he demanded that no member of
his family return to Heart Island and that the nearly finished castle be
abandoned forever. The castle
lay in a decaying state until 1978 when the property was bequeathed to the
Bridge Authority. Restoration
work commenced and has progressed since.
Now, a great many tourists visit this amazing place.
Judy and I were absolutely amazed at the grandiose magnificence of
The archway is topped with bronze animals known as “harts”.
The island on which the castle was built was Hart until Mr. Boldt
changed it to Heart Island. The
“heart” then symbolized much of the construction theme.
Tower (also known as the “Children’s Playhouse” suggests some old defense tower on the Alster River in
Hamburg, Germany. Charles and
Louise Boldt liked these kind of projects.
It was constructed when the summer house existed.
is the castle itself. A
magnificent structure born of a dream and ended by tragic reality.
architects, Hewitt and Hewitt, of Philadelphia were absolutely amazing.
design and construction of the Power House was not only practical but also a
delight to the eyes. It housed
the power generators to be used to electrify the castle.
Notice the lighted clock tower and maybe your imagination can hear
the loud chimes on each quarter hour.
tower-like structure is the Dove-Cote.
The Boldt’s collected fancy fowl and this was part of the
“hennery”, complete with a pigeon loft at the top.
It was built between 1894 and 1896.
When we returned to Alex Bay, another tour was just boarding for a 2
½ hour tour of the “Two
Nations”. A paddle wheeler
sightseeing boat tours the island region both in the US and in Canadian
waters. It may seem odd that
Judy and I would take a tour like this inasmuch as we have our own boat
here. It made sense to us
because these folks could take us to areas that we would not know about and
into areas that would be hazardous to travel with out local knowledge.
We were so glad to have found these tours available.
We decided to stay the night right here and chose dinner at the
“Brass Tacks” restaurant. We
had an enjoyable evening. I really enjoyed the lengthy phone calls from my
kids, Doug and Sharyn. I am so
very honored to be their father and I love them dearly.
No power or water at these docks so we had to run the generator a
while to keep the refrigerator cooled down.
We slept soundly and securely.
The wind was blowing and the rains were falling.
The forecast had been close this time so we decided to just spend the
day here relaxing and waiting for a more favorable time to cross into
Canada. We had breakfast at
Chez Paris and caught up on chores and bill-paying tasks.
The radar showed extensive showers throughout the area and the threat
of severe thunderstorms showed us the reason to stay here.
The skies lightened in the late afternoon but we decided that it
would be pushing to hard to cross to Canada.
Tomorrow would be another day. Lunch
and dinner are planned aboard AMARSE. The
docks are nearly empty today in sharp contrast to the weekend yesterday.
Tomorrow morning, we plan to leave early for Canada.
As I understand it, my Verizon AirCard that operates my computer
internet will not operate in Canada. Dratz!!
Perhaps we will find some WiFi but in general, our internet
capability will be extremely limited for close to two months. This will probably be the last update for a while.
I hope you have enjoyed them so far.
If I can, I will post as available.
Judy’s phone will be out of service in Canada.
Fred’s phone will be available throughout the trip in Canada.
I have North American Service and hopefully it will be OK. We can be reached at 210-296-4933.
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