Sunday, August 06, 2006

Reality Bites

We're back from our vacation and had a wonderful time. Sean and I didn't drive each other crazy as I feared and I could have stayed another week. The weather was great, very hot but there was always a breeze coming off the river. As I mentioned before, we went to the 1000 Islands on the St. Lawrence River. Why is it called the 1000 Islands you ask? Or maybe you didn't but I'll tell you anyway. 12,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age these islands were formed. In total there are 1,865 islands. The difference between an island and a shoal is this; to be classified as an island it must be above water 365 days a year and support at least one tree. The St. Lawrence River was discovered on 8/10/1535 by Jacques Cartier. Most of the homes on the islands are summer homes but some brave people live there year round and get to the mainland by snowmobile in the winter. You can attend church services on the water in your boat in Half Moon Bay. What I love about the river is you can see the ships that travel through out the Great Lakes from our campsite. While sailing through the 1000 Islands they must have a river pilot on board to steer through the islands and stay in the channel. Yes, some islands have been bumped into by ships and some have run aground when they strayed from the channel but for the most part they just cruise on through. As many years as I have been going there, I never get tired of see those ships. Here are just a few of the ones we saw.

Every day ended with a beautiful sunset.