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Trawlers from Around the World

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    Beaurivage- Anchorage 

    “The travel impulse is mental and physical curiosity. It’s a passion. And I can’t understand people who don’t want to travel.” – Paul Theroux
    Another beautiful day. We got to sleep in a little and then walked into town for breakfast at Chissy Bean. Then we filled the water tanks, rinsed of all the gunk off the boat that we acquired while going through the locks and filled out the online information on the new ROAM app that makes checking back into the US easier. 
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  • 08/17/18--04:37: Aug. 13 – Gananoque, ON
  • Beaurivage Island - Anchorage

    “Home is where the heart is, and my heart is wherever I am at the moment.” — Lily Leung 

    Our busy anchorage emptied out quickly this morning and it was a much better day for exploring. We dinghied over to Beaurivage Island and spent the morning hiking the trails and enjoying the views from its rocky ledges. I can see why so many people love these little islands...clear clean beautiful water to swim in and picnic areas with amazing views of the river and other small islands. 
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    Center Grenadier Island Park - Anchorage 

    “Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind and fills your life with stories to tell.” – Paula Bendfeldt

    We’ve spent the last few days cruising through the small beautiful islands between Gananoque and Rockport, Ontario. So many wonderful places to anchor and swim...and such amazingly clear water. 

    One of the most interesting places we’ve explored is the International Rift. It’s a narrow deep cut that separates the Canadian Hill Island from the US Wellesley Island. The Thousand Islands Bridge crosses at this point. The water is coke bottle green and so clear you can see the bottle even in the deepest spots.
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    Tall Ships Landing Marina

    “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” – Tim Cahill
    Today we headed down the St. Lawerence River to Brockville, the city of the 1000 Islands. Brockville is the eastern end of 1000 Island and is a beautiful place to visit, full of historic buildings and a fantastic waterfront. We came to explore the area, but we also came to meet a blog friend that I’ve exchanged texts with for over a year. We had plans to meet last August in the Finger Lakes when Hurricane Harvey changes our plans.
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  • 08/20/18--06:37: Aug. 19 – Singer Castle
  • “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” – Anonymous
    We left Brockville yesterday and spent the day relaxing in a quiet anchorage in Chippewa Bay. This morning we decided to stop at Singer Castle for a tour. We visited the larger Boldt Castle on Heart Island when we were in here in 2012. This castle (home...hunting lodge is much smaller). This home was actually lived in until the mid 1960's.
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    “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” –Mohammed
    Today we visited Wellesley Island...mainly the little community known as Thousand Island Park. This little village was founded in 1875 as a Methodist Campground. Caught up in the religious revival movement of the time, Rev. Dayan dreamed of a Methodist summer camp where families could enjoy both spiritual and physical renewal. The Camp was non-denominational, but its activities embraced religious thought and an inflexible observance of the rules of the Sabbath. Since idle minds were “the devil’s workshop,” revival meetings, sermons and public services were in abundance.
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  • 08/27/18--03:41: Aug. 20-21 Clayton, NY
  • Clayton Municipal Dock

    “A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” – John Steinbeck
    We spent two nights in Clayton, it’s a great little town on the river. It has a lot of cute shops and restaurants. Our plan was to stay and relax a day or so before heading back across Lake Ontario. Plans never seem to work out as we hope, but in this case we were lucky our mishap occurred at a perfect spot. 
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  • 08/28/18--04:12: Aug. 22 – Cape Vincent, NY
  • Cape Vincent Bulkhead

    “There’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.” – Anonymous

    After our long day yesterday, working on the boat, we were hoping for a good nights sleep and a little downtime today. The docks and marinas in Clayton are exposed to the wakes from the river and winds from the north and west...so the approaching cold front woke us up very early. The wind was so strong that the rocking motion almost threw us out of bed. We were up, dressed and on our way to the coffee shop just as the sun was clearing the horizon. Everyone was out checking lines and adding more fenders. We were glad we had were using our large orange balls when we docked.
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    Baldwinsville Free Dock

    “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

    We woke up Thursday (8/23) and checked the weather reports for Lake Ontario...windy, but it looked doable and better than any day in the near future. We decided we'd take our chances...we really didn't want to wait in Cape Vincent for a week. Most of the way across the lake to Oswego was bouncy but not too uncomfortable. That all changed about four miles out...the wind and the waves picked up and it was one of the roughest rides we've ever had. We didn't bury the bow, but we came very close. We could see the inlet, but the only bearable way we could make any head way was to tack back and worth...it was a long, very comfortable ride and it felt amazing once we passed the lighthouse coming into the harbor. We spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing on the wall at Lock 7 and picking up the mess in the cabin.
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    Baldwinsville Free Dock

    “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” ―Mother Teresa

    Early Saturday morning our friends from Oneonta called...they raise horses at their Waterhill Farm. One of their babies was running in a race at the Finger Lakes Racetrack and they wanted to know if we'd like to join them. Of course we wanted to! They picked us up in Baldwinsville and off we went for a day of fun at the racetrack. Finger Lakes Racetrack isn't as fancy as Saratoga Race Track, that we visited last summer, but it sure was fun watching a horse run that our friends had raised.
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  • 08/31/18--05:23: Thousand Islands Boathouses
  • Heaven is a little closer in a home by the water.

    The Webster Dictionary's definition for boathouse is simple: a shed at the edge of a river or lake used for housing boats. In the Thousand Islands they take their boat houses a little more serious than that and some are over a century old built as lavish retreats on their own, with bedrooms, dining rooms, fireplaces and even ballrooms. Grand boathouses dotted the St. Lawrence River during its Golden Age when wealthy business barons owned fleets of vessels. Other boathouses are practical ports of call. Like every island, every boathouse has a story to tell. 
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  • 09/04/18--04:42: Thousand Islands Lighthouses
  • I've enjoyed taking pictures of lighthouses since we left Texas in 2011. I have a lighthouse map and an online photo album with 267 lighthouses that I like adding new lighthouses to. The past year or so I haven't seen too many new lighthouses, but our trip to the 1000 Islands gave me a chance to collect a few more.
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  • 09/15/18--03:43: Québec Adventure
  • "Fascism is cured by reading and racism is cured by traveling" -Miguel de Unamuno
    We're off on a new adventure...this time by car. We're heading to Québec City. It's been on our list of places to visit for a long time. It felt a little daunting to go by boat, so we decided to drive over this week to celebrate the captain's birthday.
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  • 09/16/18--04:06: Sept. 15 – Montréal, QC
  • SpringHill Suites Marriott 

    “If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.” – Cesare Pavese
    The first stop on our Québec Adventure was Montréal. We spent a few days here in 2012 and thought it would make a nice stop on our way to Québec City. Montréal has many wonderful neighborhoods to explore, but we spent our time in Old Montréal. Old Montréal sits on the edge of the St Lawrence River, it's the city's oldest district founded as a fur trading post in 1605 by Samuel de Champlain. It's composed of picturesque squares and grand old-world architecture. Today the cobblestone streets are full of museums, shops, art galleries, parks, bars and sidewalk cafes. The perfect place to spend an afternoon exploring. We got to town in time for a late lunch at sidewalk cafe at Place Jacques-Cartier. We enjoyed music by street performers while we ate lunch. 
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  • 09/17/18--05:34: Sept. 16 – Old Québec, QC
  • “Love is the food of life, travel is dessert.” – Anonymous 

    Just a short blog today to let everyone know we left Montreal this morning and headed east. We arrived in Québec City around lunch and the weather is amazing...we've finally found some nice temps. It's been crazy hot up here and in upstate NY lately. We had a wonderful day wandering around Old Québec. I will give more details (and pictures) when I have time. For now here's a look at the place we're staying and Stan's birthday dinner.
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  • 09/21/18--08:43: Sept. 17 – Old Québec, QC
  • It's a pretty good life I'm living, you won't hear me complain. I'm just hoping tomorrow I get to do it all over again. -Howard Livingston

    Old Québec...what an amazing place to visit. I think we'd like to return and spend a month just hanging out at the little sidewalk cafés and wandering around at a slower pace. The city made all our senses think we're in France, with the sight of winding cobblestone streets and century old buildings, the sound of French pleasantries, the taste of buttery croissants and the enticing smell of fresh-baked bread and amazing chocolate. It's a little piece of Europe right here in North America.
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  • 09/23/18--05:18: Sept. 18 – Old Québec, QC
  • “The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to” – Alain de Botton

    Our last day in Old Québec was cold and windy, not a good day to be outside, but it gave me a chance to do a little shopping. Since it was a dreary day and not a good day for taking pictures I thought I'd share more pictures from our first two days in Old Québec. I think we walked up and down every little cobblestone street (Rue) in town...at least once. I'm in love with this city.
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    “It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

    We left Québec City this morning and headed east to see Montmorency Falls (Chute Montmorency) and then the Île d'Orléans. This post will cover the falls...I'll do another post for the island. The day started out dreary, windy and cool but began to clear as we enjoyed the falls.
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    “Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.” – Anatole France

    Our second stop on Wednesday was Île d'Orléans, it's located in the Saint Lawrence River about 3 miles east of Québec City. The island represents the tidal divide of the St. Lawrence, where fresh water begins to mix with the sea. Île d'Orléans was one of the first settlements for New France in the sixteenth century, and a large percentage of French Canadians can trace ancestry to early residents of the island. One road circles the perimeter of the island offering visitors a look back in time with historic homes and churches, vineyards, sugar shacks (maple syrup), delicious bakeries, fruit stands and drop-dead-gorgeous scenery.
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  • 09/26/18--04:33: Food in Québec
  • “I'm in love with cities I've never been to and people I've never met.” – John Green

    Quebec City is known for their food scene and there is an endless amount of choices of places to eat. We didn't make it to any fancy "French" restaurant, but we did enjoy some wonderful, quaint, relaxing bistros. Here's a look at what we found.
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