Pictures From the Trip

October 3, 2001
Last Cruising Update - Summary

October 1, 2001
Cruising Update - From Annapolis

September 26, 2001
Home Strech

September 19, 2001
Last Of The Erie Canal

September 15, 2001
Back on the Eastern Erie Canal

September 12, 2001
Finishing the Western Erie Canal

September 10, 2001
Lockport to Fairport

September 7, 2001
Western Frontier of the Erie Canal

September 6, 2001
Back in the Canal System

September 4, 2001
Leaving The Great Lakes

September 1, 2001
In our 7th State

August 29, 2001
Ohio Has Libraries

August 27, 2001
Vermilion, Ohio

August 26, 2001
Fox Haven Marina

August 22, 2001
In Put-in-Bay

August 17, 2001
The End Of Lake Huron

August 15, 2001
Down Lake Huron

August 13, 2001
North Channel and Lake Huron

August 3, 2001
Gore Bay

August 1, 2001
Keel-Haulings

July 31, 2001
Rocks Everywhere

July 28, 2001
On To The North Channel

July 17, 2001
Wouldn't Change A Thing

July 13, 2001
Speed Limit

July 9, 2001
Thousands of Islands

July 5, 2001
Out Of New York

July 3, 2001
Typical Day

July 2, 2001
Cold Mornings

July 1, 2001
Phoenix NY And Beyond

June 26, 2001
Through The First Lock

June 25, 2001
Up Around Manhattan

June 15, 2001
Daily Routine

June 12, 2001
Strolling The Vineyards

June 11, 2001
Sag Harbor

June 9, 2001
Block Island & Beer Can Music

June 5, 2001
Lessons Learned

June 1, 2001
The Tides Increasing

May 25, 2001
Up The Coast Of New Jersy

May 21, 2001
Getting To Know The Cruisers

May 17, 2001
And So It Begins!

Through The First Lock -

 June 26, 2001 

We have been through our first lock and are here to tell about it! We left Albany this morning and went through the Troy Federal Lock about an hour later. We are now tied up to the wall at the Waterford Visitor Center. The first two nights are free and then there is a $10 fee after that. It is very nice, about 5 minutes from town.

Within the lock, we looped a mid-boat line around a 4" diameter pole in the wall and just rode on up with the water. We were one of 4 boats within the lock at the time. Apparently, the New York Canal locks are not as clean or in as good of shape as the Federal one, but at least now we know what to expect. One down; 400+ to go ... !

We thought we would see more boats on the canal. So far, we have only seen one other boat go by. We don't know if this is typically or not. We'll see ...

Last night, we met up with the people from 4 other trawlers for a cook out. Three of them ("Patchy Fog", "Dandy Too", and "Runaway") are from Virginia and heading to Ontario. The last one, "Loonacy", is heading home with a brand new boat (a Defevor 44) from New York to Michigan. We had a wonderful time; it is always nice hearing other people's plans and experiences.

We plan to continue west on the New York Canal system tomorrow. As of now, we believe it will take us 4 - 5 days to get to Lake Ontario. We have the time so we will take our time.

One non-boat related thought: don't plant Cottonwood trees! They are apparently 'at a time in their lives' when they are sheading 'cotton-like' stuff and it often looks like it is actually snowing. In addition, we have small "cotton dust bunnies" in every corner of the boat! I think we should collect it and make a pillow!

All for now. We are currently in the wonderful Waterford visitor's center using their PC and will now walk into town. I am going to try to talk Brian into celebrating our wedding anniversary this evening by having dinner in town tonight. Wish me luck ... (Brian says as long as it keeps us under budget - - what a hopeless romantic he is ...)

Later. Jeri