About the time I spotted the big tanker on the St. Lawrence I arrived at the sign announcing: Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. I had to walk back to the sign from where I stopped the car. Look to the left and you can see it parked by the road…way down there. It was a good moment.
Hwy 2 follows right along the St. Lawrence River. Time was running out and my plan to have dinner at the Upper Canada Village was fast disappearing. It was on the other side of Morrisburg past Crysler Park. It was now 4 pm and they are only open to 5 pm. Oh Dear!
Well I made it by 4:20 pm and the sky opened up. I turned right by the sign and followed the other signs to the parking lot which required a fee. That was when the rain came down in torrents and I could barely see. I decided it was not worth it because of the storm, the parking fee, the entrance fee of $15.00 and the lack of time to enjoy the village. There were cars parked in the distance in the lot. So I headed back to the highway. I have visited pioneer villages like this Upper Canada Village so I was not too sad but it would have been pleasant and I would have enjoyed it.
Note: I was informed by a person at a genealogical society I had visited earlier, that the archives at the Upper Canada Village have been closed. Some of the holdings were photographed by a person who lives in Morrisburg. What happened to the collection is unknown to me? I have yet to investigate this, so please do your own investigating before you assume this is true.
It was not long after I arrived in Cornwall where I found the Econo Lodge on Brookdale Ave. It was another motel where I could park my car right outside the door and also have access to the inside door to the hallway. Much to my disappointment there was no coffee pot and grounds. AUGH! The idea of complimentary coffee in the lobby was really at breakfast with a pot of coffee on a warming plate and they closed the lobby till 6:30 am. I have been known to get up by 4 or 5. Their breakfast was terrible. It was the oddest Econo Lodge yet. I did mention that they are not all created equal, well? I have now purchased a beverage heater and will include that in my luggage. Other than these few odd things it was okay.
Down the block was the Aux Vieux of Duluth restaurant. It was tasty with lovely decor but they kept interrupting me during dinner and it became very annoying. My waitress was very nice. It was some others that were causing some problems. It was convenient and a nice idea being only a block away from my lodging. Hmmm…me thinks I was tired.
The next four days were going to be packed with visiting archives, museums, libraries and touring Glengarry and a part of Stormont. So I retired to my room and relaxed. I really had enjoyed my drive from Kingston to Cornwall. I love rivers and the St. Lawrence didn’t disappoint me. There are more joys to discover about this amazing river.