Before we depart the next morning, we sit down for a lovely breakfast at the Sherman Inn. Owner John’s partner Carlos prepares for us a green apple, kale and raspberry smoothie; a pecan-and-almond oatmeal; and a pizza frittata with Italian sausage. By the way, the $125 daily rate includes breakfast. It was just the energy we needed for our morning kayaking trip in Chippewa Bay—our final 1000 Islands activity before heading to the airport for home.
Kayaking on Chippewa Bay
On our final day in Thousand Islands, we rent kayaks from the Riverbay Adventure Inn at $20 per on-top kayak per half day and set out into the cool, clear waters of Chippewa Bay.
Our original intention is to paddle out to Singer Castle but instead we decide to spend time in Cedar Island State Park, where we can park our kayaks on shore and swim. From the picnic pavilion, built around 1900, we can see the castle. After enjoying our stay for a bit too long, we high-tail it out and furiously paddle back to the inn so we can make the two-hour drive to Syracuse for our afternoon flights home.
Back to Syracuse—and then home
All ends well. We return the rental cars within minutes of being charged an extra day, say our goodbyes in the parking garage and head for our gates. Despite the small inconvenience brought by sore arms from paddling, on the plane I doze off briefly and peacefully dream of the 1000 Islands—and for just a moment, think that I’m still there. I can always return next summer.
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