Yesterday morning we met Annette and Phil in Alexandria Bay for breakfast before they headed out to look at some rental properties. Then we did a little bit of Pirate shopping while we were there. Linda and Phil drove up and Lee, Sandy, Don and I met them in Clayton. Sandy discovered the Thousand Islands Museum and we thoroughly enjoyed it. It was a treasure trove of information about the area and its residents. A little shopping in Clayton followed. Next up was a stop at the Clayton Distillery. It is a brand new distillery that just opened up in April and is producing vodka, gin and moonshine, with expectations of more products to come in the near future. We did a little tasting while we were there. Foxy's is a great restaurant on the River that we ate at last year and enjoyed, so we went there for dinner. There was so much wind that we had quite an entertaining show watching boats pull up to the dock.
At the 1000 Is Museum
Cool wall mural in Clayton, NY
Another cool mural.
Belly up to the bar!
Boy, was it windy and rainy this morning! Our original plan was to take the boat out to the Singer Castle, but we decided on an alternate. Instead Phil drove us up to the Eisenhower Locks in Massena. We had checked and there were supposed to be ships going through the locks at 2:15 and 5 pm. We arrived at 2pm just as the first Laker was pulling into the lock. The locks in Massena are 80 feet wide and 740 feet long with a lift of 42 feet. It only takes 7 minutes to fill or empty the 22 million gallons of water in them! That is the same amount of time it takes the smaller locks on the Barge Canal! After the Laker slipped out, a Salty headed into the lock and we watched the water rise. The Salty was 729 feet long! Only 11 feet shorter than the lock itself. Next we had 5 pleasure crafts that had been waiting for the big ships to go through. It was interesting to see how they lash the yachts together so they will all rise and fall together.
Freighter on its way to Norway.
Gridlock in Eisenhower Locks
There is a large power plant that we couldn't go into, but a wonderful new Visitors Center. Unfortunately it was almost closing time, so it was a quick visit.
Huge power project in Massena, NY
Power dam in Massena
The gang at FDR Power Dam
Yesterday was a pretty nice day, but windy with a storm or two. Today was cooler, with lots of wind almost all day. We had rain and sun and clouds, also.