Pulaski & Tybee

On our way out to visit Tybee Island we stopped to visit Fort Pulaski National Monument. It was designed and constructed after the War of 1812 to protect the river approaches to Savannah and was used during the Civil War. A small visitor center presents all its history.

Hurricane Matthew caused significant damage to the fort the first week in October and it was closed to the public for 28 days while they worked very hard to clean everything up and make repairs. It reopened only one week ago.

See a passing container ship behind the fort.


Fort Pulaski National Monument

Here are some more pictures:



Spiral Stair Well

Next we went to see the Tybee Island Lighthouse.


Tybee Island Lighthouse

And then to the Atlantic Ocean. Clouds have arrived and the temperature has cooled a bit but there were still people on the beach.


Atlantic Ocean


Hurricane Surge Elevations


Tybee Island Pavilion and Fishing Pier

The fishing pier was closed; looks like it had some damage that hasn’t been repaired yet.


Tybee Island Fishing Pier

It’s pretty quiet here today, not many people around.


Some Tybee Island Shops

We’re in luck! There was a reservation cancellation at Skidaway Island State Park and I was able to snatch it up. So now we do not have to leave on Thanksgiving Day morning. We will be here until Monday morning. It did mean that we had to move to a different spot, but that was okay with us!


Skidaway Island State Park

  • Admission to Fort Pulaski:  Free with National Senior Pass
  • Parking at Tybee Island:  $4
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Wormsloe State Historic Site

A couple of miles from Skidaway Island State Park is the Wormsloe State Historic Site. This is what remains of the home of Noble Jones, one of the first settlers and a leading official in Georgia. The entrance arch has two dates engraved on it, 1733 to represent the year Noble Jones arrived in Savannah and 1913 the year the arch was erected.


Wormsloe Entrance Gate

The road from the arch to the ruins is lined with more than 400 live oak trees. These were planted by one of Noble’s decedents in the early 1890’s.


Live Oak Avenue

There is a parking area and a visitor center at the end of the tree lined avenue. We watched a 15 minute video of the history of the land and about who Noble Jones was. Then a short hike to the ruins and some other sites.


Tabby Ruins

The original family burial site is near by. Jones was buried here in 1775, as was his family. Their remains have since been removed to a cemetery in Savannah.


Gravesite Monument

The return trail to the visitor center leads to a Colonial Life area and living history camp.


Colonial Life Living History

The trail back was was pretty cool too.


Walking Trail


Cool Tree

  • Admission:  $18
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Savannah GA

Another bright sunny day.

Historic Savannah is one of our favorite cities to visit. This might be our 4th or 5th time here, I lost count. So, we kinda know our way around now. We began our day at the Savannah Visitor Center and rather than wait for the free DOT bus or take one of the Hop-On-Hop-Off narrated tours again we chose to walk around. It was early on a Monday morning so traffic was light and people were few. One of our first sights was Paula Deen’s restaurant, The Lady & Sons.


Paula Dean’s The Lady & Sons

The City Market area was next on our walk. Pretty quiet here too. A horse-drawn carriage waits for passengers.


Carriage Tours of Savannah

A few more blocks and we were at the river where we saw a big container ship pass under the big bridge and head out toward the ocean. This one is 1095 feet long and sails under the flag of the United Kingdom.  You can find out information and track the location of ships by looking up the ship name at http://www.vesselfinder.com



The El Galeon, a reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon, is docked at River Street. It will be here until November 27. Self-guided tours are available.


El Galeon

We can’t visit Savannah without a walk down the historic River Street. Love the shops and restaurants here. We had a late lunch here and did a little shopping


River Street

Of course the riverboat cruises are fun. We have done that before. We always love to see them.


Savannah Riverboat Cruises

After walking around River Street for a while we walked back to our car at the Visitor Center and went home.

  • Parking: $4
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Skidaway Island State Park GA

Another nice sunny day.

Our time was up at the campground at James Island County Park by Charleston, South Carolina. So now we have moved south a bit to one of our favorite parks, Skidaway Island State Park at Savannah, Georgia.

Since we don’t usually make reservations when we travel we took a chance and managed to score four nights here. But that means that Thursday morning, Thanksgiving Day, we need to hit the road. So looks like our Thanksgiving Day Dinner will be out there somewhere. No worries, we’ll figure it out, we always do.


Skidaway Island State Park, Savannah, Georgia

When Hurricane Matthew hit this area the first week in October it did significant damage to this park. They were closed for a month while they did clean-up and repairs. Today they were hosting a Fall Family Food Truck & Fun Festival to celebrate the re-opening of the park.

By the time we got settled in and walked over to it things were winding down for the day. But we did get some lobster bisque, a pulled pork sandwich, and some hush puppies. Gotta love food trucks.


Fall Family Food Truck & Fun Festival at Skidaway


  • Distance driven today:  122 miles
  • Lodging:  $103.40 for the first three nights
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Charleston Tea Plantation

Another beautiful sunny day.

The only tea plantation in North America is just south of Charleston, South Carolina.We went to have a look. There is a lovely gift shop with free tastings of a variety of teas. Their American Classic Tea is the only brand of tea in the world that is made exclusively with 100% tea grown in America.


Charleston Tea Plantation

A 45 minute trolley ride brings you around the tea fields and the greenhouse while the driver tells you all about the process. It was very interesting.


Trolley Tour

The tea is made from only the top few leaves of the bush. A one-of-a-kind machine they have there cuts off the tops leaving the bushes looking so flat. They usually have around 7 harvests every year.


Tea Field


Tea Harvester

Irrigation water is kept in a few ponds on the plantation. The driver said there are a few alligators in there. We did get a glimpse of one.


Irrigation Pond

After the trolley tour we saw the factory tour, a free self-guided tour viewing America’s only tea factory and the equipment used to make the tea. The plants are dormant this time of year so there is no activity now. But three TV videos explain everything.


Factory Tour

Besides their gift shop they sell their teas in 17 other states. But I don’t know what states they are. They will be happy to ship directly to you if you shop their web page: http://www.charlestonteaplantation.com/

Only a few miles from there is the Angel Oak. It could be 500 years old, or it could be 1,500 years old; nobody knows for sure. Anyway, it’s really old. And big! Considered to be one of the oldest living things in the country.


Angel Oak

And, after that, we stopped by a local Farmers Market before going home.


Farmers Market

  • Trolley Rides: $20 for two people
  • Angel Tree:  free
  • Farmers Market:  free
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Historic Charleston SC

Another beautiful sunny day.

We found the Charleston Visitor Center this morning. There are several tour options available there. We booked a guided tour of the Historic Charleston area with the Gray Line Tour Company. We didn’t even consider driving around ourselves. The streets are narrow and traffic is nuts. I was amazed at how well our driver maneuvered the van through the traffic at times and glad it was him and not me driving. He also explained a lot about the history of the area and the different architecture styles of the homes.


Sea Wall on Charleston Harbor


Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston, South Carolina

After the tour we took the free trolley bus to the Waterfront Park for a look around.


Fountain at Waterfront Park


Waterfront Park


Waterfront Park

On our walk back to the Visitor Center we stopped by The City Market, a very historic place here. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney in 1788 gave the land to City of Charleston for use as a public market and stipulated that the land must remain in use as a market for perpetuity. Buildings were built in 1804 through the 1930’s and the big front building in 1841. The market spans four city blocks.


The City Market at Charleston, SC

After shopping the market and then a late lunch at the nearby Charleston Crab House we walked back to the Visitor Center to get our car and went home.


Walking Back to the Car

  • Van Tour:  $36
  • Parking:    $10
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Charleston SC

The tickets we had for the Biltmore Estate permitted us a 2nd day visit so we returned the next day for another look around. This time we focused on the Garden Center. Not much was going on outside this time of year. But inside was filled with some amazing things.

The rose gardens outside were winding down for the season but we did find a few good blooms.


And we made a few new friends on the farm:

The last few days we have been in western North Carolina. This area has been in a severe drought for a while and now several fires are burning in and around the Appalachian Mountains and causing problems for a lot of people and air quality issues for all.  We figured going east might get us out of it. There are still Air Quality Alerts all the way to the ocean. And the forecast is for nice sunny days for the week. Some rain would be nice now.


Wildfires 2016

So we left Asheville NC on Wednesday morning and drove as far as Orangeburg, South Carolina, spending the night at Sweetwater Lake Campground.


Sweetwater Lake Campground

And this morning we continued our drive into Charleston, South Carolina.  We are at James Island County Park campground. They are currently having their annual Holiday Festival of Lights here and the campground was booked solid. However, they allowed us to dry camp in the overflow field behind the campground. This is not our first time here so we expected this.


James Island County Park

This Holiday Festival of Lights is one of the top holiday light shows in America. Once the sun set we enjoyed the festivities.



Awesome Sand Sculpture


Giant Greeting Cards

  • Distance traveled from Asheville NC:  268 miles
  • Gasoline:  $100 @ $1.93
  • Lodging:  $30 at Sweetwater Lake Campground
  • Lodging:  $76 at James Island Co Park, for three nights
  • Admission: Included in camping fee.
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Biltmore Estate

America’s Largest Home, built by George and Edith Vanderbilt 1895 in Asheville, North Carolina.  We spent several hours there on a self-guided tour that brought us up the first three levels and the basement. The house was all decked out for Christmas, and at least one Christmas tree in every room. Specialty tours are available all the way up to the roof for an additional fee. Then we were free to wander around the grounds at our leisure. Fascinating.  I took a ton of pictures, here are a few:


Biltmore Estate







Basement Stone Hallway


Bowling Alley


Swimming Pool



Biltmore Gardens

  • Admission:  $139.10 for two adult tickets
  • Gasoline:  $33 @ $2.75 at overpriced Shell station


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The last few days have been just traveling. When we left the Mount Vernon area we headed south and west thinking we will go find the Biltmore Estate at Asheville, North Carolina.

We’ve been fighting a slow leak in one tire on our car so stopped at the Auto Center of a Walmart at South Hill, Virginia, to have it looked at. They found a small nail and fixed it up for us. Then, since it was late, we just spent the night in their parking lot.


South Hill, Virginia

The next day we booked a overnight stay at a nice site at Midway Campground in Statesville, North Carolina. We’re not making long distance drives, just taking our time.


Midway Campground, Statesville, North Carolina

Moving on in the morning we headed west toward Asheville, North Carolina. It was looking foggy, but not so. There are some wildfires in the forest not all that far from here. Should we stay? Or just keep going?


Smokey Drive

When we got to Asheville the smoke seemed lighter so we decided to stay and chose a campground and booked two nights for now.


Asheville Bear Creek RV Park, Asheville, North Carolina

On the other side of the highway from the RV park is a large Farmers Market. It’s open all day, 7 days a week, all year round. It was near closing time but we decided to go anyway to have a look around. This is one of four regional Farmers Markets owned by the State of North Carolina and operated by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.


Western North Carolina Farmers Market

  • Distance from Mount Vernon: 480 miles
  • Tire Fix:    $10
  • Lodging:   $37 @ Midway
  • Lodging:   $90 @ Asheville Bear Creek for two nights
  • Gasoline:  $93 @ $1.89
  • Gasoline:  $75 @ $2.09
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Mount Vernon

Moving south a little bit we booked a two-night stay at Pohick Bay Regional Park in Virginia. This allowed us to spend a day visiting George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

It took us several hours to tour the home, the visitor center, the museum, education center, theaters, walk the grounds, have lunch and stuff. Even though there were several tour buses and school buses there the facility is large enough that we were not crowded.


George, Martha, and Family

The tour of the mansion lasted about 20 minutes. The staff did a good job of handling the continuous line of people going through, there were tour guides in each area explaining things.  Had to turn off phones and cameras, no photography was allowed inside the mansion or the museums.



George Washington’s Mt Vernon


Mount Vernon Overlooking the Potomac River

After viewing the house we walked the gardens and grounds.


Gardens, Greenhouse, and Slave Quarters


George’s Ride

People quietly pay their respects where George and Martha are burried.


George and Martha Tomb


Slave Memorial & Burial Ground


Pohick Bay Regional Park, #65

  • Distance driven from our last stop: 35 miles
  • Lodging:  $98.90 for two nights
  • Admission: $38 (Senior price)
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Washington DC 3

Election Day!   As I’m writing this I still do not know who has won the election. We’ll know tonight or tomorrow morning. We voted by absentee ballot a few weeks ago.

Today we took the Metro train into DC again. I’ve lost count of how many times we have been here during our years of RVing. We’ve been to all the wonderful Smithsonian museums but still enjoy just walking around and looking at all the government buildings and everything here.

This time we went inside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This is a big building, much bigger than what shows in the picture here. The building hosts conferences, trade shows, cultural events and outdoor concerts.


Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.


The Atrium at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center


The Atrium at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

We had our lunch in the big international food court there.

As we walked back to the Metro station we walked by the old post office building now Donald Trump’s new hotel where we saw this one protester. He was happy to pose for a picture.

Directly across the street from Trump’s hotel we could see six motorcycle police officers, two on horseback, and three police cars. Another passer-by joked with the police about them being ready for tonight. I guess you never know what could happen.


Police at the Ready

On our way home I had an opportunity to get a good shot inside the Metro Station. Definitely not rush hour!


Metro Station

We have had a good time, nothing weird happened other than one sketchy-looking gal asked Bernie if he had $100. He said no.

  • Parking at Greenbelt Station:  $5.10
  • Admission:  free
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Washington DC 2

Our visit here isn’t entirely about visiting the Capitol and the National Mall. Yesterday we went looking for a scenic drive and ended up going for a walk along the towpath of the old Chesapeake and Ohio Canal.


Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath

Today we’re back at the Capitol Mall. This time we took the train to Union Station and walked a few blocks up to the Capitol building.


Union Station, Washington DC

The Capitol building doesn’t have a front and a back side.  It has a West Front and a East Front. The entrance to the building is through the visitor center on the East Front.


East Front US Capitol

When we were here last year the Capitol dome was surrounded by scaffolding for some restoration. That’s gone now and the dome is all nice and shiny.  Construction has begun on the West Front to make the 1,000′ platform for the inauguration which will be on Friday, January 20, 2017. This is a big job, trees get uprooted, a fountain has to be temporarily filled in and even some marble has to be removed. This will hold 16,000 people, and the bleachers built above the platform will hold 1,000 more! This gets built new and take it all down every four years.


West Front US Capitol

Across the street to the east of the Capitol is the Library of Congress. A very impressive building.


Library of Congress

And across the street from the Capitol to the south is the United States Botanical Garden, one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America. At this time they are setting up special exhibits for the holiday season. It won’t be done until Thanksgiving, but we could see some of the DC Landmarks Models created in plant-based materials.


US Capitol Model

We have moved from the Cherry Hill RV Park over Greenbelt Park, National Park Service. We had been paying $61 per night at Cherry Hill but here, with Bernie’s National Senior Pass we only pay $8 per night. No hookups, but the price is awesome. Price goes up next year by a couple dollars.


Greenbelt Park, No. 136

Was a beautiful sunny 60+ degree day. Frost warning for tonight.

  • Additional night at Cherry Hill Park:  $61.20
  • Two nights at Greenbelt Park:  $16
  • Parking at Greenbelt Train Station:  $5.10
  • Admissions:  free
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Washington DC

Such a beautiful sunny day!  A city bus stops at Cherry Hill RV Park and brings you to a nearby Metro train station. So that’s what we used to get the Capitol area today.

The moment we arrived up from the subway we heard a commotion to the right of us. Several police cars were arriving with lights and sirens, perhaps 10 cars. Protesters were marching in the street. It was the Million Mask March and they were marching up Pennsylvania Avenue in the direction of the Capitol building. I think there was some mischief and some arrests were made.


Million Mask March

Although some of the protesters were inviting everyone to join them and march with them we did not. They went east and we went west, the direction we wanted anyway. One of the first things we saw was the historic old Post Office building that Donald Trump bought and turned into a fancy schmancy hotel. The name “Trump” is over the doorway but doesn’t show up in the photo. Somehow I expected to see that name more prominently displayed in gigantic letters. Maybe a city ordinance or something?


The Old Post Office Building in DC

A few blocks further down the street is the White House, where Hillary or Donald will live next year. The public has been pushed back a few hundred feet further than they were the last time we were here. We were backed up to where the National Christmas Tree is.


The National Christmas Tree 2016

There was a TV reporter talking in a language I did not recognize. His mic letters RTL. Anyway, this was a close as we could get to the south side of the White House.

About an hour after I took this picture the White House was put on temporary lockdown after a man with a gun on Pennsylvania Avenue. We only heard about it much later. Police sirens seem to run many times all day long here. But we never ever felt unsafe.


The White House

South of the White House and the park with the National Christmas Tree is the National Mall. Our first stop was at the World War II Memorial. We found the Minnesota marker.


World War II Memorial


World War II Memorial

East of there is the Washington Monument. It’s closed now for some maintenance issues. I heard it was the elevator that needed updating.  One of these years we are going to get up to the top.


Washington Monument


View to the East of the Washington Monument


View to the West of the Washington Monument to Lincoln Memorial

There were many people just hanging out on the mall. Some teams playing kickball. Others just walking, like us. The distance from the Capitol steps past the Washington Monument and up to the Lincoln Memorial is 1.9 miles.

New this year is the African-American History Museum, which just opened September 24. We were not able to get in here either. You need tickets. And we did not have tickets. It is free, but you need to get a timed pass. Passes are handed out at 9:00 AM.


The African American History Museum

Food trucks! Lots of food trucks. There were all kinds here. We saw Mexican, Greek, Peruvian, Persian, Afghan, Indian, Vegan, and burgers & fries, and hot dogs. Oh, and ice cream!


Food Trucks on the National Mall

We shared a sandwich and then walked some more, stopping at the Smithsonian Castle building info center, gift shop, and cafe. I could not resist these party cookies. The clerk said she sold more of the blue (Democrat) ones than the red (Republican) ones.


Party Cookies

  • Transportation:  $40 for two multi-day Metro bus/train passes
  • Admissions: none
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Cherry Hill

Just a short blog posting today to keep you informed. We are now in Cherry Hill Park, a nice RV park on the outskirts of Washington DC. It’s a little pricey but since we have been taking advantage of some free overnight parking opportunities that last few days we didn’t mind. At this time of the year there was no problem dropping in without a reservation, they had lots of availability. We may decide to extend our stay later.


Cherry Hill Park

Look who was in the office!


Donald, Barrack, Michelle, and Hillary

We will be visiting Washington DC again. We’ve been here four times before, but seems like we just can’t get enough of it.

  • Distance driven since last post: 160 miles
  • Gasoline:  0
  • Lodging:  $122 at Cherry Hill Park for 2 nights
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And We’re Off!

We have had such a great time visiting our kids in New England but, sad to say, it’s time to go. The campground we have been staying in for most of the summer closed down for the season on October 31 and it was getting pretty frosty there too so we are now on our way south for the winter again.

Here are a few pictures from the last few months in New Hampshire.

Tuesday morning, after waiting for the frost to leave and the temp to rise a bit, we left our favorite campground and began our trip south for the winter. Our first stop, not far, was for propane and gasoline. Nothing exciting here, just a necessity.


Propane Fill, Gas too.

The first day, we drove only 100 miles, stopping at Cabela’s at East Hartford, Connecticut, for a free overnight stay in the RV parking area behind the store. Most campgrounds around here have already closed for the winter so we didn’t even try to find one. Our daughter from New Haven CT drove up to say hi and have dinner with us. We left first thing in the morning.


East Hartford, CT

Wednesday, our mission was to get ourselves around New York City as quickly as possible, so we timed our drive to avoid the rush hours.  After 220 miles around the city we found the Walmart store near Trenton, New Jersey, to park for the night.  We have stayed here a few times before and it works well for us.


Trenton, NJ

We will be on our way in the morning after breakfast and when we think the morning rush hour traffic has calmed.

  • Distance Driven:  320 miles
  • Gasoline:  $89
  • Propane:   $24
  • Lodging:   free
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Jacques Cartier, Saratoga, & Friends

With our aversion to making reservations and with the Labor Day holiday weekend upon us we had to leave the campground we were in and find another place. No easy task. We did manage to find one about 30 miles east of where we were and also along the shore of the St. Lawrence Seaway on the American side.

The internet strength was very weak while we were there so that’s why no blog posts the last few days. So here’s how our weekend went:


Jacques Cartier State Park, NY, #17

Right behind our spot was a trail leading into the woods. Of course we went to see what it led to.


Jacques Cartier State Park, NY, #17  Trail

The trail went into the woods and along a small stream eventually leading us to a beaver dam. In the pic below, the dam is that little brown space in the grass on the right side. The pond is a result of that.


Beaver Dam


Evidence of Beaver Work

Jacques Cartier State Park is on of many state parks along the St. Lawrence Seaway. This one is popular for boating and fishing.  We saw a beautiful sunset overlooking the Seaway and looking towards Canada over there.


Sunset over the St. Lawrence Seaway

We made friends with our neighbors, Michelle and Tom, and their kids, LJ and Stoli, new to the full-time RV life. Our paths may cross again in the south this winter!

We left there early this morning making our way towards New Hampshire. Tonight we will be staying in the back lot of the Saratoga Casino and Racetrack at Saratoga Springs, New York. We stayed here in the spring and were able to watch some harness racing while we were here, but there are no races today.

Saratoga Casino and Racetrack

Saratoga Casino and Racetrack

Tomorrow we will arrive at our destination of the lovely Ashuelot River Campground at West Swanzey, about four miles south of Keene, New Hampshire, where we will stay until the weather gets too cold and we need to head south for the winter. It should be about 6 weeks or so. So there may be very few blog posts while we are there. But will resume regular posting when we head south. Stay tuned!

  • Distance Driven the last 3 days: about 230 miles
  • Gasoline:  $50 @ $2.36
  • Gasoline:  $80 @ $2.39
  • Lodging:  Jacques Cartier State Park $81
  • Lodging Saratoga: free
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Thousand Islands Tour

Today was a beautiful day! A good day for a boat tour.  There are several tour companies here, and I’m sure they’re all good. We chose Uncle Sam Boat Tours upon recommendation by a fellow camper at the campground we are at. It was a good choice.

This was a 2.5 hour tour of the Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Our tour began at 10:00 A.M.


Uncle Sam Boat Tours

The narrated tour was very interesting. Many Americans and Canadians (with more money that we have) have built homes on the islands, some small, but many large and expensive ones. They are all beautiful and well-maintained.


The border between the US and Canada just happens to run between these two small islands, owned by one family. The small arched footbridge here is the World’s Shortest International Footbridge.

World's Shortest Inernational Footbridge

World’s Shortest International Footbridge


The Boldt Castle

The Boldt Castle was the last stop on our tour. Here we had the option of leaving the boat to tour the castle for an additional fee or to say on the tour boat to return to the beginning.

This castle was built by George C. Boldt, the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria and Bellevue-Stratford Hotels. Work began in 1900 but halted abruptly in 1904 when Mrs. Boldt suddenly died. It was not finished after that and fell to the elements until 1978 when the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority took it over and began restoring it. All the money for the restoration comes from admission fees and some other sources, but not your tax dollars.

It is a self-guided tour at your own pace, and you can wander around all you want.  A small recorded device with earphones is available for an additional fee (available in English or French).


The Boldt Castle


The Boldt Castle Grand Staircase

It’s a long and costly project to complete the castle. Only the main floor and the 2nd floor are finished. The rest is slowly being finished as funds allow. It may take several years. So when we come back here again it could look different. The unfinished upper level floors are secure and open for viewing, some of the rooms are closed off.


The Boldt Castle, Unfinished Upper Level


Great View from Up Here

This is right on a main shipping route of the St. Lawrence Seaway which connects all the Great Lakes so it is not unusual to see a large vessel pass by. The Federal Yukon made it’s way west as we were there.


The Federal Yukon,  Flag: Marshall Is

We could stay as long as we wanted on that island. When we were finished we took the free Uncle Sam II shuttle that runs every 30 minutes and returns to the dock where we started.


Uncle Sam II Shuttle

  • Uncle Sam 2.5 hour tour:  $46
  • The Bolt Castle:   $18
  • Recorded Tour Device: $11
  • Bridge Toll:  $2.75
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Boats and a Lighthouse

Thunder and rain in the morning. Once it began to let up we went to visit the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY.  They have a huge collection of boats in several buildings. It was more interesting than I expected it to be.

Then, on our way out to see a lighthouse we stopped at a park at Cape Vincent. Signs indicate how this area of the 1000 Islands was significant during the Revolutionary War as well as the War of 1812.


Cape Vincent NY

At the end of the road we finally made it to the restored Tibbetts Point Lighthouse. We were not allowed to climb up to the top of the lighthouse here, but there was some information inside the foghorn building that explained about the history of the place. There was also another building with a visitor center and gift shop.


The Tibbetts Point Lighthouse, Cape Vincent NY

It’s been pretty hot and very humid all day. More storms rolled in and it rained pretty good for a while.

  • Admission to Lighthouse:  free
  • Bridge Toll:  $2.75
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We’re Back!

Back in the United States.

Leaving Darlington Provincial Park in Canada we headed east on Queen Elizabeth Way along the north side of Lake Ontario. This big red face invited us in. It is the World’s Largest Apple, with an observation deck on the top. It is next to a pie factory, with a restaurant and a few other amusements. Of course we had apple pie!


World’s Largest Apple


World’s Largest Apple

We are headed for the Thousands Islands area, a scenic part of the St. Lawrence River that divides Canada from the United States. One of the first big bridges we cross is the big fancy Thousand Islands Bridge. Pretty. $5.75 toll for us.


1000 Islands International Bridge

Just across the bridge and before the border crossing is a 400-foot tall observation tower providing panoramic views of the St. Lawrence River and the 1000 islands.


Observation Tower

So we stopped to have a look. The pic below is of Canada and the bridge we just crossed.



The actual international border bridge crossing is this little 90 ft long bridge.


Smallest International Border Bridge

And then the US Customs Border Crossing. We were asked for our passports and asked just a few questions, where had we been and how long had we been in Canada, are we bringing any goods we purchased in Canada, they were mostly interested in fruits and vegetables.


US Border Crossing

We actually had stopped at the Duty Free store just prior to the crossing and picked up some wine and chocolates.

Finally, we made our way to Wellesley Island State Park in New York. This is on the 2nd largest island in the Thousand Islands. We have three nights here.


Wellesley State Park, NY, #14

  • Distance driven today:  158 miles
  • Gasoline:  none
  • Lodging:  $120 for 3 nights
  • Bridge Toll:  $5.75
  • Observation Tower:  $12 each
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Moving day. Ugh, another hot muggy day. We left Fifty Point Conservation Area Campground by Winona, Ontario, and drove a little west and through Toronto and then east along the north shore of the Great Lake Ontario to Darlington Provincial Park near the town of Courtice, Ontario.


Toronto, Ontario

We stopped for lunch at a McDonalds. They had poutine (McPoutine?). So we had to see how that compared to the poutine we had yesterday at the Peach Festival in Winona. Really, Winona did it better. It was interesting, but I won’t be ordering it from McD’s again.



Darlington Provincial Park is nice and we have a spot very near the shore of Lake Ontario. No water or sewer hookup, but thank God we have electricity and air conditioning! Gotta get comfortable.


Darlington Provincial Park, #70

Towards evening we went for a walk along the beach. Here’s a couple of pictures.


Lake Ontario


Lake Ontario

  • Distance driven today:  90 miles
  • Gasoline:  none
  • Lodging for two nights:  $104 Canadian  ($81.26 US)
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