Friday, October 2, 2009

One good weekend

Cory's sister Danielle and her boyfriend Trevor came to visit us last weekend. I took some time off from work and gave myself a 5-day weekend (nice!) It was so much fun having them here, and getting to show off New York.

First, we went to see all the church historical sites (that's what we do for everyone who visits). This is the frame home the Smiths built (I love fall!)


The temple, framed by fall leaves.

The original rock wall the Smiths built to mark their property line -- it's up on the temple grounds.

The next day, we drove 2.5 hours north to a place called 'The Thousand Islands.' When Cory and I moved out here, we made a list of all the places we wanted to visit while living on the east coast -- and this was the only place left on our list. So now we've seen everything :) The Thousand Islands is actually a group of more than 1800 islands, stretching from northern New York into Canada. Many of the islands are privately owned -- people buy the island then erect these gorgeous houses.


The only way to see the islands is by boat, so we took a 2 hour boat tour around the islands. This is us on the boat.

Haha, this is where Trevor is going to some day live...

This is the smallest of all the islands. All you need to be counted as one of the islands is a tree and some other form of vegetation. Wa-la!

They call this the world's shortest international bridge, cause it passes right over the American/Canadian border. Our tour guide says the guy who owns the islands used to banish his grand kids to another country when they were being bad.

This is Boldt Castle, as seen from the water.

The Boldt Castle pump house.

For a few extra dollars, you can take a tour of the castle, which is exactly what we did. The grounds were gorgeous. And the castle was so cool-looking.



Haha, I was trying so hard to keep a straight face... and failing miserably...

I love this picture of the 4 of us, on the terrace of the castle.

This is a state park called Watkins Glen. It's so pretty, carved out over centuries of time by water. Cory took Danielle & Trevor down to visit (I stayed home, by this time, I was feeling rather sick... too much playing, I'm afraid)

This is a good picture showing how narrow it is.
We'll sure miss all the cool stuff that's in or nearby New York when we move. We've seen some really cool places and it's so fun to show them off. It was nice having visitors, even though I felt crappy for lots of the time. Thanks for coming and seeing us, guys!

11 comments:

Andrea said...

Oh Sarah! This is making me sad to hear how sick you are! I'm glad that you can at least have a few good days. I'm excited for you to come to Utah! I'll get the dinner all pinned down. And too bad I never saw Watkin's Glen. I should've put some time in to see it when we came in May. Have a good conference weekend! Miss you!

Recksieks said...

You got some GREAT pictures! It is so beautiful there. That looked like so much fun! Miss you!

The Carpenters said...

What a beautiful place to visit! Great pictures! I hope you start feeling better soon!

Brett and Emily said...

Wow! That's gorgeous and the castle is so cool. You guys do so many fun things. Now I need to go see the islands. That looks so fun! I'm sorry you're still feeling sick, that's no fun.

MiriamR said...

I love those islands. The one with the tiny house is so funny! and that castle looks really cool. Thanks for sharing with us even when you probably feel so sick :(

Allison said...

Those islands look way cool! Hope you start having better days soon! I remember when I was pregnant with Maggie wondering how it was that there were so many people on the earth when growing babies was so difficult!

Michelle said...

When I first started the post I thought "Oh good, she feels better" I should have known better as I kept reading....glad you get to have visitors and have a little fun!

Melvin and Carly said...

So many neat places out there! The Thousand Islands sound really cool. And man! those houses! Glad you got to have a 5-day weekend and some fun with your friends. Hope you feel better soon!

Scott and Becky said...

great pictures! Glad to see that you have spent time with Danielle. Maybe someday we will get to meet Trevor.

Irene said...

Looks like fun. One day I would love to travel to NY. I imagine that you've fallen in love with it up there...right?

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