Thursday, October 1, 2009

Favourite September Sunday Drive (Sept 27 2009)

Richard and the container ship on the St Lawrence in the background...

School Master John Wilson 1760 - 1816

Richard, the dogs and I went for a Sunday drive this past weekend along the St Lawrence River on Highway 2 between Morrisburg and Prescott.

Near Prescott, Ontario (Across the river from Ogdensburg, New York) is a small church - the Blue Church on Blue Church road, situated on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River. The church is tiny and well looked after. We walked around the grave yard for a while to give my back a stretch break and saw the marker for School Master Wilson who was born in 1760 and who died very young at 56 years old! Apparently being a school teacher in rural Ontario was as stressful as it is today!

In the shot below is Fort Wellington. This Fort was built over a period from 1812 to 1814 as a key component in the defence of the British colony against the Americans and to secure the shipping routes from Kingston to Montreal along the St Lawrence River.

The rain and the increasingly cold weather made us just want to "chill out and relax for the day" and this drive is a favourite of ours. We love being by the water and enjoy the small towns between Morrisburg and Prescott.

The drive is a 35 km stretch of country highway that offers great views of the river and the neighbouring towns to the south of us in the USA. We walked the dogs at the park in Morrisburg and watched a container ship make it's way east from Lake Ontario up the River towards the Port of Montreal and perhaps headed across the Atlantic for Europe!

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