We are now in Brewerton, New York on the Erie Canal. According to Wikipedia, “The Erie Canal is a canal in New York that runs about 363 miles (584 km) from Albany, New York, on the Hudson River to Buffalo, New York, at Lake Erie, completing a navigable water route from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. The canal contains 36 locks and encompasses a total elevation differential of approximately 565 ft. (169 m).”
We are traveling only the eastern part of the canal and when we leave here we will only have one more lock to go and then we head up the Oswego Canal which will take us to Lake Ontario. So far, we have locked through 21 locks (just on the Erie) from Waterford, NY and traveled approximately 140 miles. Our journey was a leisurely one as we meandered through the locks and small towns along the way. All of the locks except the last two lifted us. The last two that we locked through went down instead of lifting us up.
Locking is introduced quickly on the canal. Leaving Waterford, there is what is known as a flight of five, which are five locks in a short distance. Between all of them, you are lifted 170′. For a nice view of what the locks look like (I was too busy locking to take many photo’s), click HERE and then on the individual lock.
For the most part, we traveled about 20 miles a day and 0ur stops along the way included Waterford (of course), Schenectady Yacht Club, Amsterdam, Canajoharie, Little Falls and now Brewerton where we are going to put the boat up for the winter. The last day we were out was a long one. We had hoped to stay at Sylvan Beach but everything was packed so we headed across Oneida Lake on a less than stellar day. The boat and the captain handled it well – I was a bit uncomfortable. Waves were only 3-4′ but the interval was small. The good news is that I didn’t get sea sick. 😉
Yes, we are going to put the boat up here for the winter. We decided that between the Erie Canal being closed for five weeks and the doctors appointments that Steve had to go home for–it is just getting too late in the season to get to Chicago by September 15. We would end up rushing too much. Luckily for us, we are retired and can stretch this trip into more than one year. We will head back here at the end of May or beginning of June next year and start phase 2 of our loop.
The hardest thing, for me, to do when writing a post is to figure out what photo’s will tell some of the story of where we are and what we have been doing and seeing. Those of you that know me, know that I take about a gazillion pics a day so the choice gets difficult. I selected some to share with you below. Hope that you enjoy them. One thing that we have learned is there are a LOT of boats of all shapes and sizes in NY and that folks here LOVE the water. We’ve seen them rowing, kayaking, boating, tubing, skiing, swimming and just sitting along the edge enjoying. It makes me wonder if they enjoy it so much because they know that soon they will be up to their Um-um’s in snow. 😉