Sunday, October 5, 2008

The joys of off-season cruising: 1000 Islands Cruise Day 11

We stopped again at Confederation Basin Marina in Kingston on our way home. It was soooooo nice to have the place entirely to ourselves.

And we had a chance to shop again at the nearby open-air market that dates back to 1801, this time scoring excellent Wilson Farms honey and a braid of Ontario hardneck garlic grown by a woman named Titia that should keep us happy until spring.

Due to windy conditions, we decide to stay an extra day in Kingston. We fear the Admiral is coming down with a cold, another good reason to take it easy.

It's decidedly cooler this week, with overnights around 5C, thus, the Captain heads out to find a second heater for the boat, an electric model for use when we're plugged into shore power.

During a happy hour, the crew dances in the warm cabin to Etta James singing At Last.

Dinner is Alexandria Bay’s Virginia ham with asparagus and potatoes. Dessert is the last piece of the triangle iced butter cream brownie from Bella’s Cafe in Clayton.

On the day before, Day 10, after 26.7 miles in two hours brought us from Clayton to Kingston, lunch was the Admiral’s version of a grilled sandwich made with Clayton cheddar cheese loaf slices, rosemary flavoured roast beef and cheddar cheese. A nap is required after such a rich lunch, but, hey, we're on vacation.

On our first night in Kingston, we ate at Ta-Ke Sushi Japanese/Korean Restaurant. We had miso soup, yakitori chicken, shrimp/veggie tempura, hamachi sushi and udon noodles with chicken. This is only the second time in 10 days that we have eaten out.

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