Heading East – Part 4 (the final one)

Geneseo, NY

The final stop on our eastern summer tour was a visit to Clayton, NY.  Clayton is a small village on the St. Lawrence River in the beautiful Thousand Islands region.  It is also the home of Pam’s mother, Fran.  We go to Clayton each summer to visit with Fran, complete some chores around her house, and spend some quiet time along the river.

Rotary Park Docks

Along Riverside Drive, the main street in the village, is Rotary Park Docks, a great spot to enjoy a beautiful view of the river.  At street level  two rows of benches overlook the small, grassy park area and the docks for small boats.  We enjoyed many evening hours eating ice cream and watching the boats while checking out some great sunsets.

Daughter and mother

The view from the end of a dock

Pam’s sister also lives in the village.  One day niece Daniela came over with her buddy Buster to give us our dog fix for the visit.  Buster is full of energy and enjoys cleaning out the food dish of the resident cat.

Clayton is a sleepy little village for most of the year.  But during the summer it comes alive with visitors, many brought here to attend the numerous weekend activities.  The highlight of our visit was the 1000 Islands Charity Poker Run, with over 75 power boats (sometimes called Cigarette Boats) participating.  For two days the village streets were filled with power boats on trailers pulled by fancy trucks.

Clayton is located on a U-shaped peninsula with water on three sides.  Most of the boats were put into the water at a public boat ramp on one side of the village.

The Mary Street Ramp

Once in the water they went around to the other side of the village to the Municipal Marina, a new facility adjacent to the new 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.  The normally quiet dock area was filled with people checking out the boats.

These boats are very powerful (and expensive).  The red boat below had an open engine cover, allowing visitors to check out the engines.

Two supercharged V-8 engines!

One of the many activities for the weekend was an evening street fair, where a couple of the large boats were on display.

Four 400 hp engines!

This is not a sport for the financially challenged.  The boats are very expensive, as are the trailers that transport them and the trucks that pull them.  Below is one of the odder looking trucks parked in the hotel lot.  Its license plate revealed it to be from the state of Washington.

Saturday morning all the participating boats pulled out of the marina and assembled in the main channel of the river in front of the village.

At the appointed hour they all raced up the river at the same time.  Their planned route would take them around Grindstone Island, then south for about 15 miles to Cape Vincent.  They would return to Clayton for lunch before heading up river for a long voyage of about 45 miles to Ogdensburg and back.

Right after the boats headed out that morning we said our good-byes to Fran and drove back south to Dave and Sue’s spot along Conesus Lake near Geneseo.  We spent almost a week there enjoying some golf and doing a couple of minor maintenance tasks on the two motorhomes while dodging some rain.  Toward the end of our week the skies cleared a bit so we were able to enjoy a cruise on a nice pontoon boat belonging to one of Dave’s former business partners.

The captain and first mate (ignore the feet)

Lewis “tolerates” boat rides

He loves being with Gramma Pamma

Toward the end of our stay the four of us traveled north of the lake to the village of Honeoye Falls for dinner.  Before eating we stopped at the nearby falls from which the village gets its name.

Sue in her classic pose

A few blocks north of the falls is the restored Lower Mill Building.  The Rabbit Room is an upscale restaurant located on the first floor.  It is only open on Thursday evenings and Saturday for lunch.  The menu is a bit pricey, but the food is excellent!

Can you spot three patrons behind the door?

How about now?

At the end of the week it was time to say good-by to Dave, Sue, and Lewis and begin our journey back to Nevada.

Final moon rise over the lake

Leaving the Bank RV Resort and Health Spa

Where are they going?

Our plan is to drive back to Boulder City, NV to unload the items we retrieved from a storage unit we rented in York, PA.  We’ll stay there for a week or two before heading north to explore some locations in Idaho and Montana.  But plans have not been completed at this point.

So . . .

More on that later . . .

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17 Responses to Heading East – Part 4 (the final one)

  1. Susan Bank says:

    Thanks for showing us so many pictures of those crazy boats on land. We felt the tremendous power as they shot past us in the channel, but we couldn’t really appreciate their beauty. We’re so glad you were able to spend some time with us here. Lewis is already talking about when he’ll see you next!

  2. pmbweaver says:

    I am back. Glad you had a nice visit with mom. She looks really good.
    Oh my gosh those boats are huge. That picture of the back of the boat with those four engines just makes that man look like a dwarf.
    Glad you got to spend so some time this summer with Dave and Sue. They’re such a nice couple.
    Safe travels back to Boulder.

  3. georgeyates says:

    Love watching the those very expensive cigar boats, they are amazing. A nice place to visit along the St Lawrence river.
    Travel safe.

  4. Box Canyon Blogger Mark says:

    Those boats and tow vehicles!!!! Some people simply have too much money in their “discretionary fund” account….I mean two inboard V-8’s??? and/or four 400 hp outboards? I can’t imagine the fuel costs. Only in America…

  5. Safe travels John and Pam–we will look forward to seeing you hopefully in September. I could only think looking at those boats–boys and their toys!

  6. Jim and Barb says:

    Wow, they sure take their trucks and boats seriously there! 4 400’s is incredible. Very cool that Pam was able to spend time with her mother and get her dog fix as well.

  7. That big black truck would make a neat overland RV!

    Lewis looks so sad at Gramma Pamma leaving!

  8. Nancy says:

    Those boats were unreal!! Those are the kind that can take you through all the Great Lakes because of their power!

    Nice summer you are having.

    And Lewis is gonna miss you!

  9. Those boats are beautiful, but yeah, I imagine that is not so much a poor man’s hobby. I can’t even imagine what those cost to buy and maintain. Oh well – fun to ogle and daydream! Glad you guys had such a great time visiting New York and, most importantly, Lewis.That sure is a lovely area of the country with a nice mix of natural beauty and fun small towns.

  10. Sherry says:

    Looks like a wonderful little town Pam’s mother lives in. Nice that her sister is nearby. Do they both spend the winter there too? Water on three sides really appeals to me. Great picture of Pam and her mom. Yes those folks are surely not financially challenged. Those are some very fancy boats. I can’t get over how many people seem to be in one extreme or the other in regard to finances. Know you loved spending the time with Lewis – and of course those other folks too. Nice picture of him and Gramma. Love the moonrise. I could get very used to that if the town were small enough. Safe travels west.

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    Clayton is such a beautiful place to slow down – the big boats seem almost out of place there. They really are stunning though! I’m sure you’re excited about getting back to the west. Time goes by so quickly, it’s hard to believe you’re headed back already. I’m sure Lewis can’t believe it either :-)))

  12. Sheila says:

    Wonderful to see you with your Mom, what a lovely time that must be, creating memories to hold in your heart.
    I bet it was sad to leave “the handsome one”, behind. He sure looks sad.
    Safe travels to your home base!

  13. Laurel says:

    Wow, I can’t believe you’re heading back across the country already! But I’m quite sure you’re ready. :-)) Looks like you enjoyed good visits with family and with your adopted family of Sue, Dave, and Lewis. Boating on the pontoon boat looks so peaceful. Lew is going to miss you big time! Safe travels home.

  14. Gay says:

    Pam’s mom certainly loves in a beautiful place…love the evening strolls for ice cream and colorful sunsets! Safe travels home and I’m certain you two will find some really awesome places to visit!

  15. geogypsy2u says:

    Nice landscape and easy living, except for the noisy cig boats.

  16. Erin says:

    Our annual trip to Turkey is much like yours … visit with my mom and the rest of the family, take care of a few chores around the house, and maybe do some sightseeing … though most of the places we go to we’ve been to before, so it’s more to enjoy family time together.

  17. Steve & Dianne Colibaba says:

    Clayton looks like a great area. Those boats are incredible! So nice to visit with family and friends along the way. Safe travels as you head west!

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