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VISITING WITH FRIENDS

Traveling to Canada, and to 'The Porch on the River'.

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Hello there!

Since my last communication our social life has been very busy. We left Jacques Cartier State Park for the yard of our friends, Joe & Charlene Ott where we stayed for 3 nights. During this time we traveled across the International Bridge to meet friends at their cottage on Big Rideau Lake, Ontario, about 50 miles north of the border. Their cottage is a remodeled vintage gem located along this beautiful lake. Several years ago they updated it from its 1930's origin but kept the charming carma of the structure. Its main room is of varnished logs in the vaulted ceiling and side walls, with a huge stone fireplace gracing the large space. Windows, of course, overlook the lake and boathouse. We were there with our mutual friends, Brent & Barb from the river community of Brockville, Ontario. It was a wonderful evening for we enjoyed being with everyone after these several years away.
The next night we crossed over again, this time to travel to Perth, Ontario to meet other friends at their lake-front home. We just happen to live about 3 miles apart in Florida in two separate golfing communities. Our dinner at a charming waterside restaurant in downtown Perth was wonderful. It was after enjoying a drink at their lakeside home. Our get-togethers with these people are always filled with laughter and good times.

Our next adventure was to move to Wellesley Island near Alexandria Bay, NY which required crossing the International Bridge. After getting settled in we drove the short distance to Thousand Island Park, a small hamlet on the west end of the island. This community is made up of multi-colored gingerbread cottages, several hundred in all, from the 1890's period. A HOA for the Park has strict rules which require homeowners to keep the flavor of the place in tact. A historic hotel of that period rents rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floors and a restaurant with a wrap-around porch serves meals both inside and on the porch. It is a charming setting, and our dinner on the porch was very tasty one.

We spent the next 3 nights at the east end of the island 'plugged in' at our long-time friend's cottage garage. Their cottage is in a small settlement called, Westminster Park overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The International Boundry between Canada and the US is about 50' offshore. The island looking to the north flies the Canadian flag, a site not often seen by those visiting. Their cottage is a Victorian structure dating back to the early 20th century and has been beautifully maintained by our friends, the Timmermans. The large wrap-around porch is a social center for their friends and neighbors who stop by for a 'toddy' throughout the day. We thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality while staying there. On Tuesday I drove my friend Pat to the Syracuse Airport for her trip home to Minneapolis for a month or so.
My trip the next day to Plattsburgh (about 170 miles) to see my family was highlited by seeing Tim, Marie, the girls (my granddaughters) and son, Todd. Marie prepared a nice meal for us and 'catching-up' on the last 6 months since being together in CT this winter was fun.

My campsite is at the Cumberland Bay State Park overlooking Lake Champlain. A beautiful view of the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains of Vermont to the east is spectacular. Tim and the girls came back to the motorhome for their first overnight of 'camping'. They did very well. We all played a cardgame before going to bed. The girls decided to sleep on the fold-down couch in their sleeping bags (less clostrophobic) while Tim slept on one of the bunk beds. Tom, Aubrey and their 3 kids will arrive on Friday night from Connecticut. We are in store for a fun-filled weekend!

Dick

Posted by dixter 07:10 Archived in USA Tagged the fun border along us/canadian

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