Admittedly, once I am mid-semester in my graduate program, everything that isn’t graded or mandatory — moves lower and lower down the to-do list. To say that grad school is busy is an understatement. I also recently added an internship to my schedule, which means that anything resembling free time has evaporated.
Internships seem to be a western phenomenon. For those who do not know what that means — it is volunteering to acquire experience in the field you hope to have a career in. I am interning at an organization called GNWP; the organization focuses on programs that assist in the implementation of UNSC Resolutions to promote equality for women around the globe. So far, it has been an amazing experience. I started a few days before I had a weekend getaway planned with my sister, who lives fairly close to the Canadian border. We decided to explore the area over a gorgeous fall weekend.
We headed to sleepy little Clayton, New York – population 5,000 giver or take…
They have a Halloween tradition called Pumpkin Chunkin where pumpkins are catapulted across the St. Lawrence River. We wandered around the local street market that had food, local wineries, hard alcohol, apple cider and crafts.
After some quality pumpkin time, we took a ferry to Wolfe Island, Canada and a second one to our final destination — Kingston, Canada. It was a little chilly when we arrived and most people seemed to be relaxing in coffee houses, pubs and restaurants. We walked around for a while and decided to have lunch at a local pub, the Toucan. They have a great beer selection, so I went with that and a veggie burger. We continued exploring and found a great little shop with handmade organic soaps — 1000 Islands Soap Company. We drove over to Fort Henry but unfortunately it was the wrong season for taking a tour. Instead we went to Curry Original Kingston to grab food to take home. The restaurant has its own cookbook for sale.
The next day, we got up early and drove to Thendara Union Station in Utica, NY to catch the Fall foliage train through the Adirondacks. It was a chilly but relaxing day on the train – it even snowed for part of our journey. We packed a picnic lunch and purchased wine on the train. We did manage to take some photos. It’s definitely a nice adventure, but a little sleepy. If you like trains and are interested in visiting the Adirondack’s, it’s worth it.
And we had some quality sister pumpkin carving time.