2018-09-12 Wrapping Up the Erie Canal

As you can tell by the tardiness of this post have been having focus issues. I will carry n though! Our last leg of the Erie Canal was the section we had already done so we knew where to go and what to expect. Yet at the same time the adventure of “first times” was behind.


None the less we set off across Lake Oneida towards Sylvan Beach on a bright Sunday morning. We actually wanted to get across th Lake and through Sylvan Beach before the party crowd awoke the “excitement” started all over again.


Another lock, another day…..


Our first stop was Little Falls, NY. A nice little town with a good grocery store so a walk was in order to restock.


Every so far along the canal they have these HUGE gates. I have to assume in a catastrophic failure they would drop these so as not to drain the entire canal into someone’s valuable farmland.



Departing Little Falls our first Lock is number #17. It is the tallest lock on the canal and just over a 40foot lift. Its is pretty impressive to enter from the bottom. The picture does not do it justice when you look up those walls!




Flags at half staff for Sen John McCains passing…..what a great man and example.


Next stop was the famous town of Canajoharie NY. Try and say that fast three times…does anyone remember what famous company was started here….to the over achievers will remember…Beech-Nut.


Magnolia moored on the Canajoharie waterfront


Departing the next morning it was ‘kinda” foggy out…Magnolia/Gibbs Rule #39…if its foggy at the dock, it going to be foggier at the first lock. When the lock master asked where we were I answered right out front!!!


Our greatest fear….approaching the next lock we were informed the lock was not functioning…we asked the tender if we should stand-off or tie up…he replied “Better Tie Up.” After getting Magnolia settled I walked up and asked the repair crew if we should start splitting firewood for winter or lunch…they suggested we start with lunch….in an hour or so we were back on our way…last thing we wanted to do was get stuck in a lock for the winter…scares me to think about!!!


Our last stop on the Erie was actually a place we had not stopped called Scotia NY.


It turned out Wednesday nights is free music night in the park…next to where we docked. We could listen in the park or on the boat, we went with the whole experience and headed to the park. A really terrific evening.


Our last day on the Canal was terrific weather day. We encountered a number of crew boats. Every team wanted us to blow the horn…people really like boat horns!


One of the last…..




The last…well almost. This is the last Erie Canal lock…Lock #1 is actually on the Hudson and operated by the Army Corp Of Engineers.


We stopped and stayed in Waterford, NY for a couple days at their waterfront welcome center. A nice place to be….


The welcome center projects a movie onto the wall of a bridge at the center each week. We scored and could not help but be reminded of my friend Jack Tennar…one of the greatest western fans I have ever known.


Departing Waterford and the Erie Canal was kind of sad. This summer was an amazing adventure and not sure when we will be back . Going through the Troy Federal Lock (lock #1) though was a great feeling. We transited 105 locks this summer which I can assure you is too many for one season…next time we will figure something else out!!!



Passing Albany NY as we head south on the Hudson.


We did see another Kadey Krogen anchored along the Hudson. We took the time to head over and say hello.


I think they were afraid we were going to raft up and they put out fenders!


We returned to one of the most protected and favorite stops for us..Roundout Creek at Kingston NY


We are FINALLY back at anchor but we are missing Kindred Spirit. Our friends Al & Michele traveled this far with us in June. It was lovely and lonely this time.


With hurricane Flo churning away in the Atlantic this is looking like a good place to be….

2018-09-04 Relaxing on the Erie and more friends….so cool

Continuing along the Erie Canal we are continually presented with wonderful little towns along the way such as Lyon


We are generally people that anchor out, often on our own with no other boats around. There are few anchorage along the canal so when Lock 25 presented itself, it was the next best thing.


Far from everything allowed us to take a nice walk around the area. Well not completely true, if you look closely you can see the New York Thru-Way in the distance. This is

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge


Each Lock generally has an associated damn and spillway…this is the one for Lock 25.


In the early evening approached with a lite rain we fired up the “space-ship” and set to BBQing!


A filling meal, a peaceful “anchorage” made for a wonderful sleep.  To be greeted with this view in the morning was a gift and why we seek out these kind of places.


Certainly not a Renoir but I sure felt like we were in the midst of a painting.


Along the way we discovered an abandoned aqueduct which is wonderful piece of history.



We arrived in Baldwinsville just ahead of M/V Pearl. We have not seen Stan & Suzie since Block Island, RI a couple years ago. Here Pearl is entering the lock arriving from Lake Ontario.


If you want motivation to keep your boat up, just take a look at Pearl and see how meticulously she is kept.


We had a wonderful afternoon and evening catching up. Laughed and laughed. It was wonderful catching up, was soo much fun!


Suzie was kind enough to catch a couple pictures of our departure….this one in particular shows that I really can drive the boat!



The is the point where the Oswego Canal forks off from the Erie Canal. This is the place where we start retracing our route back to the Chesapeake. It really struck us the wonderful time we have had on this journey. We have travelled about 2200 miles and have another 350 to go. What an adventure we have had.



Coming up our final days on the Erie Canal…