Friday, June 14, 2013
This is the view I had from the treadmill at my gym this morning. I have a vacation day and am at our camp in Clayton, NY which is in the beautiful 1000 Islands. My gym is really a physical therapy and rehab center with great equipment. "Seasonals" can get a membership by the month or for 4 months at a time. In front of the big windows is a view that is normally unimpeded by summer events. The events taking place today include a Dock Dog competition (which is a BLAST to watch), and tall ships docked in front of the village pavilion which is reminiscent of the old train station that was at the water front at the turn of the century when the wealthy used to flock to the islands in the summer. Tomorrow there will be a poker run of high-powered "go fast" boats zooming up and down the river to pick up their cards at their designated stops.
On a normal day, I look across the seaway shipping channel to Calumet Island. Calumet means "peace pipe" in one of the native Iroquois languages but darned if I can remember which one now.
When I arrived at camp last night, 2 tall ships were staging a sea battle on the river in front of our dock. They had their sails up and the sails were encompassed in the smoke from the cannons. Very cool sight indeed!
One of the tall ships with her sails down and school children taking tours.
Tall ship behind the dock dog platform.
Not very many stars on this flag. I'm not sure what year that would represent but I'm guessing it was in the early 1800's. The War of 1812 has a lot of history in these waters so maybe that's the year.
Do I have a great place to work out or what?