2018-06-29 — Sylvan Beach, Phoenix, Oswego NY

Sorry about the delay but internet has been a little short here in Canada. None the less we left off crossing Lake Oneida on a lovely day to make the passage. It was nice to get in some open water for a change1

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This was one of my favorite water front house of the day..plenty of entertainment room and neat as a pin!

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This is the split where we depart the Erie Canal and join the Oswego Canal for our trip up to Lake Ontario.

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We see many sailboats configured like this so they can transit the Canals with the low bridges. This could have been an option for us aboard Magnolia-S this is just not for us. Mast over hanging bot ends of the boat. Hell we have enough trouble with a bow thruster and nothing over hanging!!!

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Our friend Jim encouraged us to stop at Phoenix NY. It initially did not hit our “radar” and had an anchorage picked out. We sure are glad we did stop after all!

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It had some history…

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Some terrific old buildings……

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I almost forgot….ice cream

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And best of all, do you see Magnolia there on the dock? Do you see what is in front? A Laundromat…never in our days of cruising have we had this convenience! For icing on the cake, literally this was a bakery RIGHT net door to the laundry. Never in our wildest dreams have we ever found true cruiser heaven……

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The waterfront dock area was just terrific with much interaction with the locals. I even met a man named Chuck Connors…he could have passed for the Rifleman I swear.

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The next morning we departed heaven and passed through some more of the Oswego Canal Locks.

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Lock 8 was the last of the Oswego Locks….we are somewhere around 30 locks so far on this trip and there is like 45 more coming up in Canada….

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Oswego struck as a nice urban area..

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:Lots of older brick buildings which I really appreciate.

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We tied up a wall at the mouth of the harbor which is administered by the local Best Western Hotel….its weird, you go into the front deck and register…weird. We did not get out too much, most got Magnolia ready for a little “blue-water” passage. I needed to raise the mast and make sure everything was good and secure. The afternoon we arrived and it was very windy and the lake was very churned up so did not know what to expect…

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Getting underway early the next morning…well you can see that we picked the perfect window as the lake was calm as we could have asked for and Magnolia seemed to enjoy the 30 something miles of oen water and boy we sure did too….

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Well this story will continue in Canada….so see you next post!

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