During the Thanksgiving long weekend, we enjoyed amazingly hot weather and we decided to spend the day in Ogdensburg, NY State. We always pass through the town but never really stopped to appreciate it. Time to do it justice under a beautiful Indian summer sun.
Ogdensburg is probably the closest American town to Ottawa. A 45-minute drive took us to the International Bridge between Prescott and Ogdensburg, where we flashed our passports and entered the U.S.
Even though both countries are only separated by the St Lawrence River, small differences are easy to notice. For instance, in the U.S, traffic lights are often suspended from wires over the middle of an intersection while in Canada they are mounted on vertical poles. Houses sport The Stars and Stripes and most have a nice cozy porch with a few chairs and/or a sunroom. In Canada, I’m used to entire neighbourhoods looking exactly the same because they have been built by the same promoter. It’s nice to see older houses, even though some were really falling apart.
Finally, I have never seen Amish in Ontario (even though there is supposed to be a small settlement there) but here we stumbled upon two buggies a few minutes apart. Even the local Wal-Mart had parking space reserved for buggies and horse carriages! I hate to sound silly, but are Amish even supposed to shop at Wal-Mart?
After lunch (a gigantic pizza—ordering the large one was a mistake), we hung out around the marina. The weather was turning stormy but the light that filtered from the dark clouds was amazing.
On the way back to Canada, like last time, we were stuck on the bridge for over an hour. Tons of Canadians go bargain-hunting in the U.S and custom checks can be slow, plus there is some construction on the bridge. From there, the sunset was amazing and it was almost worth the delay.
You can see the complete set of pictures taken in the U.S.A here.