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Kayaking to Cedar Island State Park
Kayaking to Cedar Island State Park

This is the fifth and final part in Laura Pedrick’s series exploring New York’s 1000 Islands region. Check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here.

Breakfast at the Sherman Inn
Breakfast

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.

Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat
Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat

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.

Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Syracuse Hancock International Airport

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.

This is the fifth and final part in Laura Pedrick’s series exploring New York’s 1000 Islands region. Check out part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here.

An amazing sunset, as seen from the outdoor patio at the Gran-View
An amazing sunset, as seen from the outdoor patio at the Gran-View
Breakfast at the Sherman Inn: pecan-and-almond oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries—and a kale, raspberry and blueberry smoothie
Breakfast at the Sherman Inn: pecan-and-almond oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries—and a kale, raspberry and blueberry smoothie
Breakfast at the Sherman Inn Bed: a pizza frittata
Breakfast at the Sherman Inn Bed: a pizza frittata
Dining on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View in Ogdensburg, NY
Dining on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View in Ogdensburg, NY
Dining on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View in Ogdensburg, NY
Dining on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View in Ogdensburg, NY
Preparing a Caesar salad for two on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View in Ogdensburg, NY
Preparing a Caesar salad for two on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View in Ogdensburg, NY
The seafood platter (shrimp, scallops, haddock) served on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View
The seafood platter (shrimp, scallops, haddock) served on the outdoor patio at the Gran-View
Stopping at an island somewhere in Chippewa Bay
Stopping at an island somewhere in Chippewa Bay
Kayaking to Cedar Island State Park
Kayaking to Cedar Island State Park
Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat
Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat
Simple list of rules at Cedar Island State Park
Simple list of rules at Cedar Island State Park
Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat
Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat
One can see Singer Castle from Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat
One can see Singer Castle from Cedar Island State Park, accessible only by boat
Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Laura Pedrick

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