Selected Itinerary for Erik Baard, The Greenest NYer, Thousand Islands-Seaway, 7/29 - 8/1/11: Friday, July 29
- In Oswego to enjoy a driving tour of the city, including its parks and waterfront, and to visit Fort Ontario. In the evening he will dine with staff members from the Oswego County Department of Promotion & Tourism at Oswego's La Parilla, which specializes in locally grown organic food. Next, he'll enjoy the city's premier waterfront event, Oswego Harborfest!.
- In the morning, Baard will venture to Sandy Island Beach State Park in Sandy Creek. The park is the only significant freshwater dune site in the northeastern United States. The Eastern Lake Ontario Dune System offers ideal opportunities for hikers, birdwatchers, canoeists and kayakers. While there, Baard will meet with park officials to learn about the park's dune restoration project and associated conservation efforts.
- Next, it's on to the Lakeview Wildlife Management Area, a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) site, where he will meet with Dick and Naneen Drosse of the Oswego County Kayaking Club and Environmental Management Council. He and a guest will each board single kayaks and paddle south from Sandy Creek to Lake Ontario.
- In the afternoon, Baard will be in the Oswego County Town of Orwell, visiting Salmon River Falls, a New York State DEC Unique Area and a popular site for tourists seeking views of a breathtaking 110-foot waterfall and spectacular river gorge. If time permits, he will also visit the New York State DEC Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar.
- From Orwell, Baard will make the short journey to the Jefferson County Village of Sackets Harbor and the Seaway Trail Discovery Center. The Discovery Center, located along the eastern Lake Ontario shore of Sackets Harbor in the historic Union Hotel, features interactive exhibits covering a variety of topics including maritime heritage, military history, lighthouses, natural history, and agriculture.
- The day begins in Watertown with a four-hour guided rafting experience through the Black River Canyon toward Lake Ontario. This adventure comes courtesy of ARO (Adirondack River Outfitters) Adventures.
- Baard travels to Clayton in Jefferson County, visiting the Antique Boat Museum and taking a ride on the St. Lawrence River on an antique skiff or speedboat. While in Clayton, he'll take the opportunity to board a kayak and paddle on the St. Lawrence River and French Creek, courtesy of Thousand Islands Adventures.
- Sunday evening, Baard will dine with Save the River and Thousand Islands Land Trust environmental organization executives at Bella's in Clayton.
- Baard's last day in the region will include a stop at the storied Boldt Castle in Alexandria Bay, an unfinished full size Rhineland castle on picturesque Heart Island Before departing for New York City, Baard will take a tour of "Millionaires Row," courtesy of Uncle Sam Boat Tours. Millionaires Row is comprised of islands which were developed during the last two decades of the 19th century and early 20th century by the very wealthy for use as a playground and retreat.