A little history and a lot of islands
Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
15Trip End Jul 28, 2012
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Where I stayed
Rideau Acres campground
We left as soon as we could to get out of the worst campground we had ever stayed at. Pulling out was a little tricky as there were a ton of trees around the supposed pull-through site. But I made it without any scratches. However, as par for the course until we could leave this place, a car blocked our way out so I had to wait a few min. to have them move it. Just GET ME OUT OF HERE!!!! Finally we broke free and were on our way out of Quebec. Though I'm sure the rest of the province is not so bad, this campground does not help its reputation.
Our destination, Kingston, is only a few hours away. Right across the border to Ontario we got some diesel at a Flying J for much cheaper price than in Quebec. The drive on the 401 highway was easy with nice hills and farms along the route
The only negative thing to happen right away was the electrical power – we flipped a campground breaker. So I went outside and found what I thought was our electric box and flipped a switch. It did not help, but I did get a few complaints as it turns out I flipped the switch for my entire row of campers and cut their power. Opps!! After a bit I finally figured out which switch was mine and everything worked after that.
After lunch we drove into town. Kingston is one of the oldest towns in Canada and was a major port on Lake Ontario for hundreds of years. It was very large during the War of 1812. We parked several blocks outside the town center in a residential section and walk our dogs all over. We walked the harbor front and went in and out of a few shops. Nothing of major interest on the shopping front though some of the restaurants looked interesting. After our walk we went back to the RV to relax for the evening and for me to do some much needed WiFi.
July 16th – Kingston
Since Pooja is not much into history, today was my day just to bum around the town and do some historic things
Across the river I went to Ft. Henry National Historical Site. Again, being Canada, museum and historic sites are a little more expensive than in the US. However, they do more stuff here than many places back home. At Ft. Henry, there were several re-enactors doing various things. Many of them are high school and college kids doing summer jobs. My guy gave us a one hour tour around the fort which was worth the $15 price of admission. Besides the tour and history of the fort – which was never fired on, even during the War of 1812 – some of the re-enactors we marching up and down the parade grounds playing traditional English military songs. At the end of the tour was a firing of the cannon which was pretty loud and impressive. I only had an hour here however they have activities throughout most of the day. My ticket is good for tomorrow too so I might try to drop by
On the way back to the RV I picked up some Cambodian food to go – never had it and they have several Cambodian places in town. Maybe because it was to go the food was just OK – it was a little bit spicier but still mostly Southeast Asian type. In the evening we just relaxed and I did some more WiFi. I tried to read a little on the back at the lake but right as the sun was going down the "no-see-ums" were out in force and bit me all over – even with the mosquito coils burning around me.
July 17th – Kingston to Boldt Castle
In the morning, I took Pooja to a U-pick farm to get some raspberries. The place is called Fruition Farms. There were so many ripe raspberries that it did not take too much time to fill our buckets up with the yummy red berries. Of course, Pooja and I had to sample a few also along the way. After the u-pick, I dropped Pooja back off to the RV while I took a drive to another village to take a small cruise.
I took an all day cruise today on the Thousand Islands between Ontario and New York and spent a few hours at Boldt Castle. The cruise left from this quaint town called Gananoque – another old port town. I made my way to the top of the boat to get a better view of the area. The Thousand Islands are actually tens of thousands of island located in between Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Some of the islands are only an acre or less big and most have houses of them – some just lake-type houses with a few rooms and others massive cottages that was the home to many of the robber barons of New York City
Back in Gananoque, I took the scenic road back to the RV. I did stop by the fort again to check out just a few more things I had missed the day before. Since Rideau Acres was such a great park, it was easy to come back and relax and do a little WiFi. Pooja did not spend much time in the town but had a great time taking care of the dogs around the campground.