Yesterday we were heading downstream on the St Lawrence River and at one point were going 9.4 knots over ground (we usually cruise at ~ 7.8!). All the water from the Great Lakes is flowing to the ocean and we are carried along with it!
We finished the Trent-Severn Waterway and had a night tucked in at the Trenton marina with time to go to the grocery store. Then on a rainy, blustery day we went all the way to Kingston on the north shore of Lake Ontario.
The next day dawned bright and beautiful. We got laundry done then took a trolley tour of the town. It's a delightful place: two colleges, an old fort from the War of 1812, lovely old houses, a penitentiary, and great gelato!
Off we went after a street vendor lunch entering the Thousand Islands along the Bateau Channel on the northern Canadian side. The area is full of islands (more than 1800, but that doesn't have the same ring to a name), many with houses on them. We were excited to pass under the Thousand Island Bridge - many years we crossed over the bridge on our way from Minnesota to the Adirondacks and recently always said, "Some day we'll on on our own boat under this bridge!"
We spent the night at a Canadian Parks dock on Grenadier Island. We had the place to ourselves and Jeff even caught a fish for dinner. Odyssey went over to Clayton for fuel and to see a boat museum.
Yesterday we briefly went back upstream to the American side of the river for cheaper diesel fuel (179 gallons) and a stop at Boldt Castle - a huge home built on an island just across from Alexandria Bay. It was built by Henry Boldt for his wife Louise who died before it was completed. He then stopped work on it and never set foot on the island again. The Thousand Island Bridge Authority is now reclaiming and finishing the buildings on the island and it is gorgeous.
We then turned again downstream and stopped at a free town dock in Morristown, NY. Today we'll pop into Ogdensburg for supplies then back to the Canadian side and on to Montreal! Sally