September 11th . . . our day to travel back into the US. Our next destination was on the opposite shore of Lake Ontario, but only about a 135 mile drive.
Once again, we were ready for any question that could get thrown at us at the border crossing, my frig was basically empty, and all of our documentation was handy. We were ready, but for some reason, we still awoke before the sun had completely risen. It made for a beautiful sight over Lake Ontario!
We made our way back to the 401, and continued east through Kingston towards the Thousand Islands border crossing.
We crossed a tall, narrow bridge, and from there we had a great view of the islands,
and the New York farmland up ahead.
We had a little bit of a delay at the border, due to the lane being closed next to us and all of those vehicles (including a group of motorcycles) moving into our lane, but we still passed through with no issues. No questions about food, no questions about alcohol . . . and even though the border control agent did board the RV, he didn’t go any further than the front steps (where he enjoyed an enthusiastic greeting from Casey!)
He welcomed us back to the states, and sent us on our way. It wasn’t even noon yet when we arrived at Willow on the Lake Campground. The turn into the driveway was a bit tricky, causing us to wonder if we were turning into the correct driveway (which we were), but other than that it was a very nice campground.
There was a mix of transient sites and seasonal sites, and a few cute little cabins overlooking the lake.
The next afternoon, we took a drive to Sackets Harbor to look around the village and the Historic Battlefield.
In the early 1800s, the village was home to a major US Navy Shipyard, and Fort Townsend was built to protect the shipyard from British attacks.
There were two battles in Sackets Harbor during the War of 1812, where the Army successfully protected the Navy Shipyard. The Fort remained a major Army base through WW1, although the Shipyard only operated until 1874.
Many of the building at Madison Barracks still remain, and are being renovated and developed into a residential community.
Pretty cool place to live!
Today Sackets Harbor is a cute little town with a few shops and restaurants,
and a marina at the old Navy Point.
The Visitor Center is housed in the former estate of Augustus Sackett.
Back at the campground, we were treated to another spectacular sunset over Lake Ontario.