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Home Again

August 20, 2013, Sylvan Beach, NY

sunny 82 °F

We are home again in Sylvan Beach after a 4 day dog sitting gig for Ryan and Khristina. Lee and Sandy joined us for 2 days and then headed east. While we were together we all went to see the new Disney movie, Planes, and enjoyed it. It has all the classic movie parts; romance, villians, talking planes and more! Lee is a train buff, so Union Station in Utica was a good stop. It is looking so nice now that it has been refurbished and was fun to see since the last time we were there was Ryan and Khristina's wedding reception. Lee and Sandy had been at their wedding in Jamaica, so this helped them visualize the reception as well.
Utica's train station

Utica's train station

Inside the Utica train station.

Inside the Utica train station.

What a beautiful place.

What a beautiful place.

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The remainder of the weekend was devoted to the dogs, Norman and Walter. Norman is a 7 year old yellow lab that Khristina rescued years ago and is wonderful. Walter is a 7 month old Samoyed pup who is lovable, yet wild! We were exhausted when they came home yesterday! Whew!
Double trouble!

Double trouble!

Norman's favorite chair.

Norman's favorite chair.

Walter is finally tired.

Walter is finally tired.


The good news is that we are staying here for the remainder of the week, so just maybe, there will be some relaxing in our future.
The weather has been just great with mostly sunny skies and temps in the low 80s.

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Dog Sitting

New Hartford, NY, August 15-16, 2013

sunny 72 °F

Our visit to the 1000 Islands came to an end on Thursday and we packed up and drove back to Treasure Isle. After getting the camper all set up on our site we grabbed some clothes and headed to Ryan and Khristina's house in New Hartford. This house actually was our house, where both the boys grew up, and Ryan bought it from us three years ago. Now, he and Khristina live there with their dogs, Norman and Walter. They had a wedding to attend in Geneva and we volunteered to dog sit our grand dogs for the weekend. There were a few errands we had to accomplish before arriving, then we enjoyed the evening with all of them.
Dog sitting Walter and Norman

Dog sitting Walter and Norman


The humans left for the wedding and then Lee and Sandy came. We had to leave Walter in his crate when we left. The four of us decided to go to the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown. Since it was such a nice day we took our time, stopping first at the Fly Creek Cider Mill. After snacking our way around we actually had lunch there, as well, then fed the ducks. On to the Farmers Museum. None of us had been there in quite a while, so we were all pleasantly surprised at all that was there. We could have spent all day, but I felt bad for Walter in his crate, so we only stayed for a few hours. One of the most recognizable artifacts there was the Cardiff Giant, which was quite the news story in its day, turning out to be a big hoax.
Fly Creek Cider Mill

Fly Creek Cider Mill

Fun at the mill

Fun at the mill

Farmer's Museum

Farmer's Museum

The grounds of the museum.

The grounds of the museum.


The dogs were glad to see us and we entertained each other for a while until it was dinner time. The dogs ate at home, while the humans went to Casa Too Mucha right here in New Hartford. It is right in the village, so we walked there and back.

The weather turned out to be beautiful, sunny, low 70s.

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1000 Islands, actually 1864 Islands!

Clayton, NY, August 13-14, 2013

overcast 70 °F

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

At the 1000 Is Museum

Cool wall mural in Clayton, NY

Cool wall mural in Clayton, NY

Another cool mural.

Another cool mural.

Vodka fermenting

Vodka fermenting

Belly up to the bar!

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.

Freighter on its way to Norway.

Gridlock in Eisenhower Locks

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

Huge power project in Massena, NY

Power dam in Massena

Power dam in Massena

The gang at FDR Power Dam

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.

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Friends, friends and more friends!

Alexandria Bay, New York, August 11-12, 2013

sunny 77 °F

First of all we would like to say Happy 31st Birthday to our son, Justin and Happy Birthday to Geneseo friend, Jim!
Yesterday morning we packed up the camper and drove north to the st. Lawrence Seaway area. Lee and Sandy borrowed Linda and Phil's small camper and came along. Our campground is fine, nothing special, but a pretty good location about 2 miles south of the Thousand Islands bridge to Wellesley Island. We just hung around and relaxed and played ladderball.
Today was a full day starting with a hike at Wellesley Island State Park. We did about 2.5 miles mostly walking along the river. There are a number of small islands with just 1 house on them. We were surprised at the number of boats out on the river on a Monday morning. The Thousand Islands Park is a private community that started out as a religious settlement and is now mostly a summer vacation destination. There is a cute little eatery in the downtown area and we had lunch before heading out. Our next stop today was the Boldt Yacht House where George Boldt, of the Boldt Castle, kept his fleet of watercraft. There are many boats there, but only 2 of them were actually owned by him. The others are representative of the boats of the era. There are also living quarters there that were used by the caretaker as well as Mr. Boldt.
Hiking at Wellsley Island SP

Hiking at Wellsley Island SP

Wooden boat.

Wooden boat.

1000 Islands Club Hotel

1000 Islands Club Hotel

The boathouse of G. Boldt

The boathouse of G. Boldt

Us at the Boldt Boathouse

Us at the Boldt Boathouse


When we got back to the campground friends from New Hartford, Annette and Phil, stopped in. They are looking for a rental for next year. It was nice to see them, but we had to break it up early to drive to Ogdensburg. My college roommate, Mary Margaret, and her husband, Bill, live there and invited us for dinner. Mary Margaret cooked after working all day and dinner was delicious! It was so much fun to see her and Bill and also their daughter, Sarah. We all really enjoyed our visit.
The weather has been beautiful, but not clear enough to see the meteor shower last night. Mostly sunny, mid to upper 70s.

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BFer Banquet 2013

Letchworth State Park, Perry, NY, August 10, 2013

sunny 72 °F

Once again it was time for our annual get together of Geneseo friends, the BFer Banquet. We have been going for a weeks vacation the last number of years, but this year that just didn't work out. Instead we planned a picnic for Saturday, which is just how this all got started. We rented a pavilion in Letchworth State Park, which is nicknamed the "Grand Canyon of the East". It is a beautiful park with waterfalls, the Genesee River, hiking trails and much more. When we all were in college we spent many a day or weekend here, so it was fitting that our event this year be here, as well.
Don and I drove out Friday night and stayed with Jim and Deb again. They took us to a terrific place for dinner, Hose 22. It is a former firehouse that is wonderfully decked out in firefighters paraphernalia. Dinner was delicious!
Friday dinner at firehouse in Rochester.

Friday dinner at firehouse in Rochester.


The turnout today was wonderful, with 15 adults and 1 member of the next generation! Of course, we ate all day, but also played games, looked at old pictures and yearbooks, and laughed while reminiscing.
Entrance to Letchworth SP

Entrance to Letchworth SP

Beautiful Letchworth SP

Beautiful Letchworth SP

Our pavilion at Letchworth SP

Our pavilion at Letchworth SP

Ladderball pros.

Ladderball pros.

A fun day.

A fun day.

The Root girls.

The Root girls.

Relaxing at the park.

Relaxing at the park.

Fire-building 101

Fire-building 101

The whole Geneseo gang!

The whole Geneseo gang!


The weather was perfect, will blue skies, sun and temps in the low 70s. It couldn't have been any better, unless others were able to attend.

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