John and Jacqi on the road again....2008 travel blog

WE did the bridge I never saw a thing!

 

Do you think someone gets paid to change the date each day?

Up up and away....

Wonder if they have a one house per island limit?

I don't imagine they need a lawnmower!

Water, water everywhere....

The causeway to Association Island

Our home for the next few days

The view from our front window

Sunset on the Island

 

Everythings coming up roses for me and my gal....

Sackett Harbor Museum

Music in the park

THe perfect end to a perfect day


Thousand Islands

This morning our road leads of through some “Oh My Gosh” country. Welcome to the 1,000 Islands region of Ontario and upstate New York. An absolutely gorgeous area surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Ontario and the St Lawrence River. The St Lawrence River flows in from Lake Ontario and becomes , in just a matter of miles, so wide and so full of islands that it is called the :Lake of a thousand islands. I personally call it the land of MANY bridges. As some of you know bridges are not my most favorite thing so I am sad to say that I didn't take ONE picture of the beautiful tiny one house islands but thanks SO much to our good friends George and Tony and the internet I have some pictures to give you (and me) an idea of how beautiful it was.

Our destination is Association Island, now a private island it was initially set up as a resort for the National Electric Lamp Association in 1905. In 1911 General Electric acquired the island and used it as a corporate retreat and think tank known as the Elfun Society. In 1959 GE donated the land to the YMCA which operated a family camp there until 1970 when the American Sailing Center took it over. Finally in 1999 it went into the hands of private owners and was turned into a wonderful RV Park.

To get to Association Island we drove through Watertown, NY which brought back at lot of memories for John. Back in the fifties he spent time at Fort Drum on maneuvers with the National Guard. He said it has really changed a lot. Back when he was there it was just a small town with a few bars and pawn shops ….today it has a slew of chain restaurants, Outlet Malls and a TJMAXX!!!! From Watertown we drove into Henderson Bay over a small narrow causeway across Snowshoe Island another very narrow causeway onto Association Island. It was gray and threatening rain when we pulled in and I was getting sad to think that we were going to be in this beautiful place for two days and not be able to enjoy it when the sun broke through and the fog lifted…. WHAT A VIEW WE HAVE….We are parked nose first right on the water….nothing but blue water and beautiful green forested islands around us!

After setting up John and I attended a very small very lovely church and were privileged to hear their priest give his last sermon there after 15 years. It was nice to share this small piece of island history.



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