Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Day 5.224: Lake Ontario

Our campsite last week was at the eastern end of Lake Ontario - not too far from the area that received more than ten feet of snow in a single storm during our first winter here.

Snow was not really on our mind as we enjoyed a beautiful evening at the beach on our second day of camping.


On the third day, we spent the afternoon at the beach swimming and lazing and enjoying the sunshine (without my camera). But first we visited nearby Sackets Harbor where we learned about the area and particularly its role in the War of 1812.  It was, shall we say, a less anti-British telling of that history than the one we read in Burlington VT early in the summer.


To me, it seems to be a war that no-one really wanted or was ready for, no-one really benefited from and, at the end of the day, its lasting results are a stirring national anthem and the details of the location of the US/Canadian border.

Before we left the village, we had a rather good lunch at a brew-pub on the lake shore and drove around the barracks.  We were very glad we made the short trip to visit this little but fascinating place.

5 comments:

  1. Great photos! Love the sunsets...

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  2. Canada was the only winner, according to a piece I heard on WAMC. They still celebrate pushing us back to the current border north of Plattsburgh (at least that's what I remember of the story).

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    1. So the British fought a war to gain land up there only to later have it become the least British part of Canada..?

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    2. Yeah, maybe it became that way as they started winning all those Stanley Cups. Besides, the Acadia region of Nova Scotia is yet another less British part you don't hear as much about.

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