2018-08-14–Erie PA, Dunkirk NY, Buffalo, NY–A Terrific Lake Erie Passage

This whole trip has been absolutely wonderful but since arriving in Michigan it has taken on a much more relaxed tone.

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After departing Ashtabula, OH we had a wonderful day passage up to Erie, PA. The yacht club there was very nice gave us a great place to ride out a couple days of weather. I did manage to get the rest of the boat waxed so that was a plus! Yes, and no pictures!

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Dunkirk was a was a wonderful spot for a couple of reasons. A couple that came to look at Magnolia-S when we had her for sail have been “following” us and invited us to come visit their yacht club if it worked out.

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In addition one of our sailing instructors family kept a boat here years ago so was able to get Roger some updated pictures of the area.

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We sat out on the patio of the club with Carl & Donna and a dozen other club members well into the evening yacking about boating. It was a a REALLY fun evening and look forward to visiting with them again!

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We were up with the sun and as the aft camera proves shortly underway to Buffalo.

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Those “lines” in the water are the protective sea walls off the shore of Buffalo, we can see them in a picture below. Have to pay a little attention when arriving, that is for sure.

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All week we have started the days out with glass flat water but by mid-morning a light west wind starting making things a a little sloppy…not really uncomfortable but even we need something to complain about!! Buffalo skyline as we are approaching.

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The protective sea walls off of Buffalo

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Thats Magnolia moored at Canal Side

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We moored at the touristy Canal-Side docks. The docks hands were excellent and really positioned us out of the malay that was to come…see being Thursday we assumed it would be a quiet night at the municipal docks….ahh…Thursday is concert night. A Canadian rock band came and there were several thousand of people who came to watch. It was quit the evening but really turned out wonderful. Besides, we were moored just aft of the USS Little Rock, a WWII cruiser converted to one of the Navy’s early missile cruisers.

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She carried old RAM jet engine powered Talos….that was my fantasy system to work on when I joined the Navy but unfortunately it was just being phased out…a mear 35 years ago…where does the time go!!

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Out next stop is the entrance to the Erie Canal. I think it is now that it really struck us that we are headed for “home.”

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