Thursday, 24 July 2008

Visiting my Aunt, Applying for Social Security, Lots of Rain

I was up early this morning and got things together so we could leave for Ogdensburg, NY fairly early. Gordon had made an appointment last week to go down to file for his Social Security. We pulled out at 9:30 a.m. and arrived there about 10:30 or so. We had a lot of very heavy rain on the way south. It took us a while to find the Social Security office. Miss Pinky didn't do a very good job of getting us there sending us to a building that wasn' t the right one. We finally stopped at Fedex, figuring they should know where everything in the area is and we were right! Once we found the place we drove around Ogdensburg. It's not a nice looking town but it is in a beautiful location right on the St. Lawrence River.

Here's a photo of the bridge that took us from Canada to the USA today from a park in town.

This lighthouse was west of the downtown area.

This photo is looking across the St. Lawrence River to Prescott, Ontario

While we were filling in time we stopped at Walmart (no, I didn't buy anything) and they had parking for the Amish buggies. We saw a lot of them today!

We weren't very hungry so stopped at McDonald's and Gordon had a coffee and I had a lunch wrap then it was off to the Social Security office where we got the paperwork done and found out the details. Sure are glad we got that out of the way. It was much easier going down there than trying to do it by phone.

Since we had a Verizon signal, we updated the roaming on our phones and Gordon called his family to take advantage of the in-calling feature.

It was raining when we started back across the bridge to Canada. You could hardly see!

This is a photo of the water coming off the roof at the Canadian Customs building. It looked like a waterfall!

Once we were through Customs, I called my aunt who lives in Brockville, Ontario which is only about 15 minutes from the bridge. Tomorrow is her 86th birthday and we hadn't seen her since our return to Canada due to Gordon's illness so it was a good time to stop for a visit. When we arrived, her son, Bob was there. I hadn't seen Bob in some years so we were able to do some catching up with him too.

Here's a photo of myself with my aunt. It's always so good to see her!

When we left it was again pouring rain and as we were heading east on Hwy 401 you couldn't see very well at all. It was like rain from a hurricane and coming down so fast the wipers could hardly deal with it. There was a m0torcycle ahead of us with two people on it. I felt really sorry for them. They eventually pulled off under an overpass. It didn't let up very much till we started going north on Hwy 416 towards Ottawa. Then the rain was manageable.

This is the motorcycle ahead of us and a car pulled over on the shoulder.

Here's another photo of the rain.

We arrived home about 5:30 p.m. We don't have any appointments booked for a while now so it will be nice to relax!


  1. Yep, that's hurricane rain! I'm glad you made it back without incident. It sounds like you're had rain everyday this summer. It's been better here too, in NC.

  2. Sure glad you made it safely -- I wouldn't want to be driving in that kind of rain!

    Happy Birthday to your aunt!

    Take care,


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