After making it across Lake Ontario, we were having an engine heating problem. We found out it was a melted 6″ exhaust elbow . This was a part that we had to order. but luckily we got it in 2 days. In the meantime, we walked around the town and got to see a movie while we were there. The marina itself was very nice, nicely landscaped with new amenities and floating docks due to a fire a few years earlier.
The Marina was very near the Canadian Air Force Base in Trenton, so we saw lots of big planes flying over the marina every day.
We took a walk to the farmers market and bought some Butter Tarts — they are similar to miniature Pecan Pies. We also got to visit Larry’s favorite place, McDonalds with COVID restrictions.
With our repairs complete, we started up the Trent Severn Waterway. Our first lock up was just about a mile away from the marina — this would be the first of 12 locks on the first day.
After dropping Shelley off at the Rochester Airport, Larry and I went on a 9 hour driving adventure to Chicago to visit Erin, Noe and of course Stella! We had a great couple of days with them. They drove us by their new home that they will move into in September. Stella was a lot of fun, but not daring enough to take steps on her own yet. We brought our firearms and alcohol to Erin for safe-keeping while we were in Canada.
Back at the Port of Rochester, we were glad to see the local police force who guarded the parking area at the marina were still there as they had been every night. The next day we started our trek from Rochester back to Navy Point Marina, in Sackets Harbor where we will await the opening of Canada on August 9th. On our journey, we found our deepest water yet on Lake Ontario at 753 feet!
It was good to be back at Sackets Harbor — we really enjoyed this place. Coming back again gave us a chance to visit more of the battlefield and commanders buildings that dated back to the war of 1812, We also got to eat breakfast again at the Tin Can Galley — the stuffed French Toast was the bomb!!
It was hard to tell who really won the War of 1812 — Americans thought British won, but then later both sides thought they each had won the battle. One things for sure, it was hard being in the Navy or Army at that time. Just one look at the recipe for Scotch Coffee will tell you that it was tough — boil burnt biscuits in water until it has consistency of shoe polish then add sweetener… Ugg!
We toured the commanders barracks that had been refurbished since the war of 1812 and was lived in by a higher ranking commander for the battlefield for some time after the war. Interesting things seen in the house are included here…
Since we didn’t have good weather for boating when Shelley was visiting, we decided to get pedicures and take a trip to the Seneca Lake Wine Trail in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.
Our first stop on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail was the Earle Estates Meadery. The tasting room was a majestic plantation style building
Prejean Winery was the next stop — their grapevines looked wonderful!
Seneca Shore Wine Cellars weren’t open when we got their, but they had a very artistic sign with a metal dragon holding grapes on top of a castle!
Fox Run Vineyards had a great outdoor area next to their vineyard. Their sign was also a metallic scene of foxes running in the forest.
After so many winerys, we took a break and visited a craft brewery that was also on the wine trail.
The historic Belhurst Castle and Estate Winery was the last one we visited. Belhurst offered a wine and cheese flight — which we enjoyed. The castle was built between 1888-1892 and also has hotel accommodations and Edgar’s Restaurant.
We drove the rental car to visit Niagara Falls, NY and then went to the Erie Canal where we met with some other Loopers for docktails before heading back to the boat. We stopped by Buffalo, NY for dinner at the Hofbrauhaus House that had a lively band.
We got to visit Niagara Falls twice — once with Shelley and another time just Larry and Mary.
Niagara Falls was beautiful from the American Side! Lots of interesting facts about the falls…
Can’t even imagine what it would be like to go over the falls — but there are people who have done it! Some intentionally and others by accident! What a drop that would be!!
The falls bridge over with ice in the winter but since 1912, visitors can no longer walk on the Ice Bridge.
Here’s a picture of an ice boom — used to promote ice formation in an arch to reduce the flow of ice into the Niagara River.
Niagara Falls was a beautiful site. American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls are both in the US. The Canadian Horseshoe Falls straddles the border of the US and Canada and is the largest of the three falls. The islands that separate the 3 sets of falls are Luna Island and Goat Island. We got to walk over to Luna Island and Goat Island to see the more closely the Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls.
From Sodus Point, we headed to Rochester in preparations to meet Shelley Kerr, our friend visiting from Kingsport, TN. On our way in we saw a Fire Boat – who was practicing fire-fighting in Lake Ontario. The Port of Rochester marina was very nice. They had a great boaters lounge and free laundry!
We took a stroll after docking and doing some clean-up of the boat. There was a small beach, and beach front park within walking distance of the boat.
We took a dinghy ride up the Genesee River to see what we could see and we saw an abandoned boat – the Spirit of Rochester that used to provide lunch and dinner cruises between 1985 and 2004 in Rochester, New York. — Could it have been a local cruise ship in a previous life??
We went running 2.5 miles along the Genesee River the next day and ran under the Colonel Patrick O-Rorke Memorial Bridge. O-Rorke was a civil war colonel that grew up in Rochester and led the New York 140th Infantry at the Battle of Gettysburg. We ran past Turning Point Park, where cement barges from Canada deliver material to Rochester and turn around after unloading their cargo. The bridge over Genesee River must have been a mile at least. There was actually a cement barge unloading during our run and a few days later we were able to see the memorial bridge open to allow the barge to pass under on its way back to Canada.
We rented a car so we could see the sights around Rochester and surrounding areas, also to be able to pick up Shelley when she arrived in Rochester.
Rochester is clearly a town that was influenced tremendously by Kodak. All around town there is the name Kodak — on their corporate headquarters, Kodak Center for Performing Arts, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater, and the George Eastman Museum. High Falls is the name of the Township in Rochester City where Kodak and Genesee Brewing are located.
When Shelley arrived, we went to Genesee Brew House for lunch and beer.
After lunch it was on to the George Eastman Mansion and Museum.
The museum had historic Kodak cameras and movie film equipment. The George Eastman Mansion had some furnishings donated by the family and others were reproductions based upon the original furnishings when George Eastman lived there.
George Eastman traveled quite a bit and liked to go on Safari’s. There were animal skins, animal hoof decorations – like waste baskets as well as an Elephant head and several Rhinoceros artifacts.
George was also an avid supporter of the arts, through donations as well as having a pipe organ with 6000 pipes built into his home and then expanded to make it the worlds largest residential pipe organ.
In 1913, the Eastman Kodak Company was charged with having a monopoly that was later settled, but gave George Eastman anxiety for almost over a decade. In the 1920’s George got involved in Eastman Savings & Loan and Rochester Government.
George Eastman never married, and built the mansion for he and his mother.
George Eastman had incurable aliments and took his life at age 77 leaving a note that said “My work is done. Why Wait?”
The rest of the museum was a history of Kodak cameras in the history of photography
Some people might remember the flash cubes like pictured here on the Mick -A – Matic camera
I remember the Ektralite 10 camera below and I had a Disc 4000 camera at one time.
Heading out of Sackets Harbor, we had a long day trek from the St. Lawrence Seaway to Sodus Bay out on Lake Ontario. Although the wind and waves were supposed to be not too bad, we found that motoring at our normal pace of 8-10 mph was challenging and the rolling wave action was a little much!
A heavy fog set in on Lake Ontario and we couldn’t see very far ahead of us. We got close to “Quite Nice” before we actually caught sight of them in the fog to pass by. Fortunately we both had radar and AIS transponders (capable of seeing in the dark and in the fog). As we got further into Lake Ontario, we hit our highest depth since starting the trip in Florida — at a whopping 650 Ft!
So happy to see Sodus Bay — which was a very nice Marina run by Dockmaster Rick and Fisher the dog. They had a nice pool and grilling area that we took advantage of when we weren’t visiting downtown.
Walking around Sodus Point we saw their clock and a veterans memorial complete with a machine gun! The town was quaint — though I’m not sure we understood this house with the Angel in the walkway and Lions guarding. .. The swan came back and brought his family to meet us.
The Sodus Lighthouse and maritime museum was interesting.
Sodus Point was the victim of British attacks in 1813 just after the war of 1812.
I just had to take a picture of these antique “Water Wings” made in Hoboken, New Jersey. According to the printing on them, they don’t hold water, but leak until just the right amount of air is in them to support the swimmer at the right level.
At the maritime museum we learned about the Historic Sodus Point Malt House. The ruins of this building are just in front of the marina where we stayed. This malthouse was originally built in 1882 to make malt from barley. Later this malt house was purchased by the Genesee Brewing Co that produced malt from 1936 – 1986. Today the Genesee Brewing Company still exists just across from Eastman Kodak in Rochester, NY.
Driving the car again today up to Alexandria Bay — we actually were on the northern most part of Interstate 81 (which coincidentally we lived close to the southern end of this interstate in Tennessee). More Castle Tours — this time to the Singer Castle — built at the turn of the Century by one of the previous president’s of the Singer Sewing Machine Company, Frederick Borne, as a hunting lodge. The castle is now owned by a group of investors who has restored it as a tourist attraction. We took a boat to Dark Island from Alexandria Bay.
The boat took us through the Thousand Islands again, and we got to see some more small islands with only one house on them…
We entered the castle through the Cellar.
The breakfast room was built on later by one of Fredericks daughters, Marjorie, who lived in the castle after his death.
Several of the rooms had high ceilings — mainly because there were secret hallways behind the walls that connected a series of secret passageways. In the drawing room servants could look our the tilting picture to check on the guests.
The castle was built in 1903, and was modeled after the book “Woodstock” by Sir Walter Scott which had lots of hidden passageways like these.
There were alot of antique Singer sewing machines throughout the castle.
After another long day of touring, we stopped in Alexandria Bay to have some libations before heading back to the boat.
Taking advantage of the rental car in Sackets Harbor, we took a side trip to visit the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY and to take a boat tour on the St. Lawrence River to Bolt Castle in the Thousand Islands.
There were building of antique boats and boats in covered dock slips.
There was a building for speed boats and speed records broken.
After a couple hours looking at antique boats, we headed over to Clayton Bolt Castle tours. The first part of the tour was boating through the Thousand Islands. There are actually 1,864 islands in the Thousand Islands. To be an island you had to meet two criteria: 1) must have at least one tree, 2) must be above water for 365 days per year. Here are some pictures of some of the islands we saw.
Some facts about the Thousand Islands include: The St. Lawrence water is so clear due to zebra mussels, making this a number 1 dive destination. The St. Lawrence waterway freezes solid in the winter and a snow plow is used to make roads to the many houses on islands. Thousand Island Dressing is said to have originated from the Thousand Islands.
George Boldt built the Boldt Castle for his wife, the love of his life, and there are hearts found everywhere.
George truly loved his wife and wanted to give her this castle on Feb 14th, her birthday and their anniversary. However, she became sick and died in January of that year, so George Boldt immediately stopped work on the Castle and never set foot on the island again.
Now there has been millions of dollars spent to get the castle in its current condition for touring.
After Boldt Castle, we went to Rock Island Lighthouse in the Thousand Islands. the lighthouse used to be built on top of the house, but now stands on the waterway.
The black band in the middle of the lighthouse marks the original lighthouse (that was on top of the keepers house) and the bottom of the lighthouse was added later.
There was interesting displays about the large vessels that move through the St. Lawrence Waterway
After a full day of touring, we stopped with our buddy boaters, Yvonne and Peter for dinner and played a game of JENGA.
We rented a car in Watertown for a few days so we could tour around the area and not move the boat. One day we thought we would try out a few area winery’s. Winery touring is a fun thing to do around Sackets Harbor. Our first winery stop was the Yellow Barn winery — they had an interesting gift shop that was also like an antique / second hand store… We bought a couple bottles of wine!
Next we went to White Caps Winery. Along with the great tastings, they had a beautiful bar inside and a relaxing outside area as well. After the tasting, we got a wine slushy and bought a couple bottles of wine!
Finally, we took in the Cape Winery and tasting room. This was located on a family farm and would have been a great venue for weddings, however they don’t do that. .. Mary bought a nautical potholder and we bought a bottle of wine!
Three winery’s is all we could handle in one day, so we headed back to Navy Point Marina and planned to go to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, NY and to Boldt Castle the next day.
Forty-one miles to our next destination took us past “9 Mile” nuclear plant. We were traveling with a buddy boat “Quite Nice” Peter and Yvonne.
After arriving at Navy Point Marina, we took a walk around and found they have a very nice grilling area, which we took advantage of a few times.
The view at Sackets Harbor is amazing!
Not only that, but they have a Tiki Bar and Dock Tales every night!! We met some really nice people at this marina, Craig the Dockmaster, Peter and Lisa the marina owners, and several other fun folks including, Donna, Katie, Don, Steve, et al …
Strolling around Sackets Harbor was like a walk back in time. The town has a rich history associated with the War of 1812. Just a short walk from the marina is a battlefield with lots of interesting artifacts and information.
Had to try these Duck Wings at Whiskey Coop — they are larger than chicken wings and a little different taste — but good!
Traditionally this CAN-AM Festival is a very big event, unfortunately due to the continued border closure Canadians were missing. Still lots of live music, food, fun & games… plus Fireworks! There was human foosball on the street, unfortunately we didn’t get pictures of that. It Started raining about 4PM so this also put a damper on the festivities.
We had breakfast downtown at the fancy Tin Can Gallery, recommended by the locals. It was very good.
There was a battle field in Sackets Harbor that we took a stroll around and went into this museum showing interesting information about the war of 1812 and Sackets Harbor battle.