Heading up the Erie Canal

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.

I think George was happy because of all the issues that came up with getting the engine instruments working!

I think George was happy because of all the issues that came up with getting the engine instruments working!

Wendy was fantastic.  The advertisement in the Cruising Guide said they had a hot dog stand.  This year they didn't and we gave them a bad time telling them one of the reasons we came to Smith Boy's was because of the hot dog stand.  Wendy offered to drive us to another hot dog stand in town.

Wendy was fantastic. The advertisement in the Cruising Guide said they had a hot dog stand. This year they didn’t and we gave them a bad time telling them one of the reasons we came to Smith Boy’s was because of the hot dog stand. Wendy offered to drive us to another hot dog stand in town.

Shannon was great.  I think she felt bad about giving us our bill.

Shannon was great. I think she felt bad about giving us our bill.

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.

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Not the best of pictures but welcomes you to 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.

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Some boat houses along the Tonawanda creek.  They include boat garage and the entire house.  Talk about a lake home.

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We were nervous going under our first bridge making sure we fit.

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we love the wildlife we see.

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This was in someones yard.  We saw the light house and canon.

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Notice how Tammy has a rope wrapped around the cable and a boat hook to push away with. She is using the combination to keep us close enough to the wall yet the boat hook pushes us away from the wall.

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The couple behind us locking through at the same time.

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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:

A reporter was interviewing a Tugboat Captain who was celebrating his 82nd birthday. He was the oldest captain on the river..
At the end of the interview the reporter said, “I would love to come back and see you again when you reach 90.
The captain said, ” Don’t see why not. You look healthy enough to make it!”
 

“Living the Dream”

Steve and Tammy

 

One thought on “Heading up the Erie Canal

  1. Okay about the webpage! White letters on blue back ground works. Black letters on blue back ground the letters are kind of harder to read. At first when I started to read dock line and prop….. Um I was really scared you guys had a lot of problems. Even though everything went all right I would put down some baby powered or baking soda or some dry powder where the prop strut is. If after an hour it has some dampness to it you might want to have a really good look at that area.

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