It was time to head out of Dodge again to the Thousand Islands and Erie Canal. This time, it was a two-night adventure to Herkimer, New York, and Watertown, New York.
In Herkimer, New York, we took an Erie Canal Sightseeing Cruise over a 5-hour drive from New York City.
I learned that the Erie Canal was one of the most important transportation routes in the early history of our country. Construction began on July 4, 1817, in Rome, New York, and it was completed about eight years later. The canal ran about 363 miles from the city of Albany to the city of Buffalo and, in 1918, was expanded and joined the 525-mile-long New York State Barge Canal.
It was a lovely day for a lunch cruise. Learning about the Erie Canal was fun and educational!
Lunch at the Waterfront Grill.
We didn’t eat until 3 p.m. and were so famished that I forgot to take a picture of the main chicken dish. I did catch the dessert.
We arrived in Watertown, New York, for a two-night stay at Hotel Best Western. I’ll let you decide whether it lived up to its “Best” name when you stay there.
This was scary. Another woman from the trip and I decided to walk around Watertown that evening on a Saturday night. The town was practically deserted, and we only saw about six people on the street. It was like an image out of The Handmaiden Tale.
This was only one view similar to any other.
After breakfast, we went to the Thousand Islands Winery for a wine tasting.
It’s a lovely 40-acre property with delicious wines.
I normally do not carry wine or other heavy items when traveling but I couldn’t resist buying a jar of Champagne Garlic Mustard. It should be great with pretzels!
We took a tour of The Thousand Islands that was both fun and interesting.
Canada and the US share these waters, but you do not need a passport while on a boat.
However, if you drop your anchor, you need a passport.
Next was the favorite part of this adventure – visiting the Bailiwick Animal Zoo located in Catskill, New York.
It was fun feeding and greeting some of the animals in this very open and friendly environment.
Here are a few of my favorite moments…
All in all, it was a pleasant adventure. My heart belongs to those gentle, lovely animals. Even the bear enjoyed the fun.