We had to do one more thing before we went into the Erie Canal.
I had to put the Swimsuit on and dive under “Adventure” and unwrap the dock line from around the prop. When I removed it I also checked for any damage to the drive shaft, strut, or bottom of “Adventure”. Fortunately there was no damage and we were fine to go. If you remember last year when we brought the boat to Superior from Waukegan a similar incident occurred and we bent the shaft and pushed a hole up through the bottom. This time we stopped it right away and now know not to try to start it again until we know what is wrong.
Then we were ready to leave for the Erie Canal. Mast down, instruments working, and the prop clear we said good-bye to our friends at Smith Boy’s marina.
More great people to meet. We have been fortunate through the entire trip meeting great people along the entire way.
OK good byes complete we were off.
After circling the Island we headed up the Tonawanda creek and officially entered the Erie Canal.
The Erie Canal is for pleasure craft only. There is are no freighters small enough to fit on it anymore. So the Canal is owned and operated by the state of New York. Thank you New York.
Some boat houses along the Tonawanda creek. They include boat garage and the entire house. Talk about a lake home.
We were nervous going under our first bridge making sure we fit.
we love the wildlife we see.
This was in someones yard. We saw the light house and canon.
It is 18 miles from the beginning of the Tonawanda creek before you reach the first lock. They are a 2 step lock because you enter the first one and go down then move forward right into the second one and continue down. At that point you have descended 50 feet.
Now for a little humor:
“Living the Dream”
Steve and Tammy