First thing Saturday we headed to the castle. Still as opulent and jaw-dropping as it was in 2019 when we last visited. Only this year, because the water levels weren't nutso high, we could tour the boat house as well.
|David took this with the drone Friday night.
If you click it you can see us... on the left, middle of the water.
|Behold. Boldt Castle.
Construction started in 1901, but it was never completed.
It was halted in 1904, when Mrs. Boldt unexpectedly passed away.
It's said Mr. Boldt never visited the island ever again.
|Left to rot in the elements many of it's rooms have been
restored by the Thousand Island Highway Authority.
|The domed stained-glass ceiling in the center of the castle.
|It's not the intention to finish it, only to bring it to the same
point as when Mr. Boldt left.
After that we had a late brunch on the boats (Hannah made banana waffles, and we donated scrambled eggs and breakfast potatoes), we all headed to Clayton. We got in early enough we did a quick tour of the Antique Boat Museum there. Then we all went off and had dinner, where I had arancini for the very first time ever!
|There were many amazing homes built on these islands.
I took pics of some of the most lovely ones as we traveled.
|Lack of roads meant you need access to boats to build.
This is why the area holds so many fancy houses.
|Only the very, very rich could buy and build here.
|Dinner in Clayton
We, on the other hand, we picking a better "go day". So we sidled up to the town dock in Cape Vincent where we'll stay a night or two. Our current plan is to cross the great lake Tuesday.