Island hopping

island2

Those who have followed my blog know we live on an Island.  There are a few little Islands in the Niagara River around our Island.  The only way to them is by boat.

This week we had the opportunity to spend some time boating, swimming, snorkeling and just hanging out at a couple of these Islands.

On Friday we spent the day at Strawberry Island.  Read history here:  Strawberry Island

87158

The kids are snorkeling along the shore

8715 87152 87155 87157

The boy had a hockey friend with him and they all had a great day.

Today we anchored along Navy Island.  Read history here:  Navy Island

894

The area we anchored had a little beach and was perfect for relaxing, cooling off, eating lunch and of course snorkeling.  My niece tagged along with us.

893 892 896 895

And after about 4 hours on the water it was time for one last tube ride.

897

And a nap for some on the way back into the marina

89

Storm Clouds and a surprise

IMG_2522

Beautiful storm clouds rolling in over the marina tonight.  The kids had just enough time to enjoy the surprise of our new boat, “Chasin’ Chances” before the storm hit.

IMG_2516 IMG_2519

Even Grandma had time to look it over

IMG_2517

It was a race against clouds to get back home, close all the windows and tuck the animals in before the rain…and we won 🙂

The Erie Canal

canal

My nephew who is in the Army and stationed 4 hours from us came home for the long weekend.  Today we took him and his girlfriend for a cruise down the Erie Canal.  Click on the Erie Canal and you can read all about how important this canal was in our history!!

We headed out in beautiful sunshine

photo 4-1 photo 3-1

We passed under the Niagara Falls bridge

photo 1-2

We came by the Island Street Boatyard Lighthouse (click to read about it)

photo 4

We came upon the old train bridge built around 1892

bridge photo 4-2

We had all our ducks in a row at this point

photo 1-1

We passed by the old Wardell’s Boatyard, Bait shop and Gasoline pump

photo 3-2

We continued on under a train bridge still in use today

photo 1-3

We stopped for a quick lunch at the Dockside Grill

photo 4-3 photo 5-2

And back into the boat with the skies clouding up

photo 5-3

And we zoomed off to beat the storm home

photo 1-5

But the storm was not to be..it clouded over…sprinkled 100 drops of rain.. and the sun snuck back out

photo 2-4

And the rest of the ride home was beautiful!!

Sunday food and fun

photo-3

Italian Sausage submarine sandwiches

photo 3-2

Friend meet up..Parker on tube, Julie his mom floating backwards, me, Chase and her friend Meghan

I knew we would go boating today so I forced myself out of bed early so I could get a few things done.  I wanted to get a good Sunday dinner going in the crock pot, make meatballs for later in the week, and pack our things for a full day on the boat.  We were planning to meet up with our friend who is a charter fisherman here in Buffalo and his family and some of our other neighbors.

I boiled the sausage for 20 minutes, sliced into halves, sliced an onion, sliced a purple pepper, and put all in the crock pot with store bought organic spaghetti sauce.  Let it cook for 6 hours while we were boating and had wonderful Italian sausage submarine sandwiches when we came home for supper.

photo 2-6 photo 1-5photo 5-5 photo 3-5photo 4-5photo 5-4 photo-1photo-3

Here is my meatball recipe….1 lb ground beef, 1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1 Tablespoon minced garlic, 1 egg, 1/4 cup milk.  Combine all and roll into balls.  Brown in a frying pan and bake for about 25 minutes in the oven until cooked through.  Let cool and freeze until ready to use.

photo 1-6photo 3-6 photo 4-6photo-2

And after all that we were off for a wonderful day of boating, swimming, fishing and tubing.  Even Grandma came along.  We swam in the river and anchored in the middle near Motorboat Island where it’s shallow and hung out in the water.  Wonderful day

photo 3-3 photo 3 photo 2-2 photo 2 photo 1-2 photo 1-3photo 2-4

Beauty

amazing

It’s majestic reflecting on the water with the pink hue.  This was the sunset from the boat tonight over Canada.  It was 87 degrees and humid.  Perfect night for a sunset swim and ride. 

Here is the progression of the sunset

photo 1-2photo-1 sunset tubephoto 3-2 photo 1-1  And two happy girls who were able to enjoy it on a summer night

Sunset swim

sunset swim

Is there any better way to spend a warm evening than with a sunset swim?  The kids had a little fun on the boat tubing and then snorkeling around a small island, Motorboat Island, near Buffalo, NY and finishing with a quick dip at sunset.  Work, farm work, and boating…I’m ready for bed!!!

snorkel time island2 chance on