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    Friday July 30th:  Rick and Cindy (bikes & boats) met Kim W (boat), Hugh (bike and boat) and Dave Fay (bike) on a perfect sunny day to set up camp at Burnham Point State Park at Cape Vincent and head out for a paddle to round Carlton Island off Clayton for a total of about 8 miles on very flat water that was only kicked up into waves by passing boats and jet skis.  All the windmill turbines across the Wolfe Island skyline were new scenery.  Meanwhile Patty Y (bike),  Roger & Anne (bikes), Jodi (new bike),  Nina (bike & boat), arrived in time for dinner at Aubrey's Inn in Cape Vincent.  Christine & Phil (bikes + boats) arrived later but in time for a fireless campfire gathering.  A fine sunset had been enjoyed and a starry sky with an occasional shooting star for our gazing delight.

    Saturday dawned another perfect sunny, warm day and following relocating Christine and Phil's tent away from their next door bad actors and crying baby that kept them awake all night, the bikes were readied for a 10 a.m. meeting Patti M and Cindy M (bikes) at the small car ferry in Cape Vincent to Wolfe Island.  On Wolfe Island the crossing ride took not quite an hour with the windmills now very close and passing a corn maze, a dirt road to an information kiosk about the windmills, and sign pointing to a famous sand beach. The big car ferry to Kingston was at the dock for immediate boarding and the Kingston skyline quite spectacular with lots of sailboats gathered.  Bikes were locked up and a walking jaunt to the Raging Bull Restaurant's sidewalk tables for some fabulous food for lunch ensued.  Scenery included street musicians, a war memorial sculpture fountain, horse-drawn hayrides, historic buildings (it was learned that Kingston was the original capital of Canada), a tourist information center, and a farmers market complete with folks in pioneer period dress.  The 3 o'clock big ferry back to Wolfe Island for the 8 mile ride to the Cape Vincent ferry was accomplished without any difficulties which made Jodi very happy as her first distance bike trip.  Back at Cape Vincent was a duo making old timey music in the town square park for a good sized crowd for this tiny village.

    Back at the park, firewood for a firefull evening campfire had been procured and Kim W remet, back from her jaunt around the area scouting (her bike had been delayed being repaired).  Following the evening meal in camp and another very spectacular sunset, the campfire was gathered around for S'mores and popcorn.  Sunday morning dawned sunny and warm again for Nina to redo the paddle at 6 a.m. to Carlton Island done Friday.  A leisurely breakfast then campsite breakdowns brought the campers to dispersing point at check-out time.  Kim, Rick and Cindy and Christine and Phil decided to go paddle at Clayton but following a visit to a kayak shop and a diner lunch break it was decided to go southward to Long Point State Park and since Kim, Rick and Cindy had Monday off from work, they would stay there overnight.  Christine and Phil decided to go home which left 3 campers to enjoy another campsite on the water, paddling, sunset and campfire under starry skies.  A mink was sited on its daily rounds over the shoreline rocks who posed nicely for Kim's camera.  A Monday morning paddle toward Chaumont in Three Mile Bay was enjoyed for some more scenery including a research vessel anchoring just off the park before heading back home but not before scouting out campsites at this park for future reference.

    We wish to thank Patty Yackel for leading this swell bike trip and everybody present who had a very enjoyable camping weekend with no injuries or illnesses reported.

Report by: Cindy Phillips Images by: Kim Wojnowicz, Patti Major, Anne Schofield, Roger Harrod, and Hugh and Jodi Papworth

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