Have you ever thought about having your own island? Think of the luxury of cutting yourself off from your usual routine and being entirely by yourself and those who you choose to have around you. In the late 1800's the United States became an industrial nation. Without the existence of workers' unions, those at the top (referred to as either Industrial Giants or Robber Barons, depending upon your perspective) became unbelievably wealthy. Conspicuous consumption was an intentional show of wealth by spending vast amounts of money and acquiring material goods.
The area where Lake Ontario and the Saint Lawrence River come together holds examples of their efforts to flaunt their newly acquired wealth. It is there that they bought their islands and built their "summer homes". The area is called the Thousand Islands.
The photos for this blog were taken during a morning cruise that left Alexandria Bay, New York and wound its way through the islands. The route wove back and forth through international boundaries, as Canada and the United States share this area. In fact, one of the photos(the fourth in the series) is of a larger island (part of the USA) connected to a smaller island (part of Canada) connected by a bridge. Our tour guide said that the husband of the family would "escape to Canada when he became overwhelmed by his wife and three daughters".
The cruise was enjoyable. The scenery was fantastic, the weather perfect, and the tour guide entertaining.
Trivia point: This is where Thousand Islands salad dressing originated, first served by the owner of the Boldt castle (located on one of the islands) and the Waldorf Astoria. He named the creation in honor of the locale.