Since our last post (over a week ago) we’ve been hanging out in the small town of Clayton, NY (pop. 2,000). Clayton is a nice little village right on the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands and is home to Pam’s mother, Fran.
When visiting Clayton, we park the motorhome in a side driveway of Fran’s friend, John Eppolito. John, a retired dentist, is gracious enough to allow us to park there, provide an extension cord for enough electricity to run our refrigerator and some lights, and even provide water so John can wash the motorhome. It’s only around the corner from Fran’s house, where we are sleeping and spending most of our time.
We arrived in Clayton a bit earlier than originally planned, as our daughter, Jessica, was coming to visit and run in a 10k on Saturday and we wanted to see that.
The start of the race was in Frinks Park, just a block from Fran’s house along the river.
The race course meandered through the streets of Clayton. Fran was a “road guard” at a nearby corner, stopping traffic to let the runners go by.
Part of the course ran across a narrow causeway to a small residential island called Washington Island, where it made a loop and came back into the village.
At one point a runner offered to buy one of our bicycles, but she had no money with her (as usual!).
Jessica posted a good time, just a few seconds off her goal, and finished in the middle of the pack in her age group. Pretty good for a girl who just a couple of years ago wouldn’t run out of a burning building!
One afternoon we decided to take a test voyage with our new toy, an inflatable kayak from Sea Eagle. We purchased one of their new models, a Sea Eagle 385 Fast Track Deluxe.
For the maiden voyage John put in one of the seats and took it for a spin.
We then put in the other seat and took a ride around French Creek Bay, just off the main channel of the St. Lawrence. After this one experience, we are very pleased with our kayak. You can unpack and inflate it in under ten minutes. It paddles easily through the water and is very stable. Re-packing it takes a bit longer as you have to take a few minutes to dry it before folding it up. The greatest advantage of the inflatable over a hard shell kayak is that it will easily fit into one of the storage bays in the motorhome as we travel.
We have a few more things to complete during our stay in Clayton before we head south. Our immediate plans are incomplete, but we will be back in our former home town of York, PA the third or fourth week of August for a two month stay.
More on that later . . .