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

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!

In Our 7th State -

 September 1, 2001 

Here we are in our 7th state in the past 3 1/2 months - - Pennsylvania (Erie). We are still trying to determine how we can see more of the 50 states ... !

We left Fairport on Thursday morning, intending to stop in Conneaut, OH for the night. But we heard on NOAA radio that thunderstorms and high winds were predicted for Friday and Saturday so we decided to continue on to Erie, PA (thinking that it would be a bigger port to "hole up in"). Besides that, it was perfect cruising on Thursday - - sunny, 80 degrees, less than 1' waves, SE winds. So after almost 10 hours, we anchored off of the state park on Presque Isle (By the way, this is also our 2nd Presque Isle). It is a beautiful, protected, quiet anchorage; so far it has only been us and several sailboats anchored in the bay.

Yesterday (Friday) we were on the boat all day, doing some maintenance and housekeeping chores (and a nap in the afternoon). We started the day watching 2 thunderstorms go through, sitting in the salon, drinking coffee ... and eating lemon cookies! Can you think of a better way to start a day?! It rained on and off all day (1.8" of rain total, John Z.). Oh, and Brian FINALLY asked for a hair cut. After 3 months, it was getting a little wild (ALMOST ponytail length if you can believe it!). Now he looks respectable again - - he even shaved! Maybe the librarians won't look at us so suspiciously from here on out ...

Friday evening we dinghied into the state park marina for a walk (it is only a 36' boat remember!). As we walked along the shore of the 2 x 3 mile Presque Isle Bay, we did not see one pleasure boat (we did see two of the town's tour boats). And it was a beautiful evening. It seems amazing after Thursday evening when there were boats all over the place. We still haven't figured it out - - maybe because of the storms all day (?).

Today, we dinghied into the town of Erie. You can tell that the city takes great pride in its town - - it is very neat, trying hard for beautification, and have these ~5' statues of fish on almost every corner, painted differently, most advertising the industry/store/theme of the building on that corner. They are really cool! We also stopped to watch a football game at Gannon University in their brand new "multi-purpose stadium". When we left in the middle of the 2nd quarter, it was 27 - 0, Gannon. Things didn't look pretty for the visiting team!

After sending this e-mail, we are going to visit the "Niagara" - - Commodore Perry's ship and then stop and get a beer before going back to the boat (a ~2 mile dinghy ride).

Winds today are up to 30 knots, waves 3 - 5 feet (yup, we are staying at anchorage for the day), but tomorrow it is supposed to be calm. We are still trying to decide whether to stop in Dunkirk, NY or to continue straight to Buffalo (for the wings!). We'll probably get on the water and see how we feel. Can you believe how flexible we have become!?!?!

Hey, did you know that you can microwave corn-on-the-cob? While visiting with Brian's family, I was trying to decide whether to cook a dozen ears of corn that Brian's mom brought for dinner one night on the grill or on the stove. In response to my thinking out loud, June asked why the microwave wasn't working. Just as I was trying to figure out how the two conversations related, she explained that all you have to do is put a little butter/margarine on a sheet of plastic wrap, wrap the shucked ear of corn in it, and microwave it for ~1 1/2 minutes per ear. It worked great! Thanks, June!

Brian is still conducting his nightly spider and bug kills. And leaving more and more green and black spots all over the boat (okay, okay, he does wash them off ...). But the little buggers really are a mess. We have heard from some of the locals that they are worse this year than in the past. But, hey, so far, this is the ONLY downside we have found to fresh water cruising. Boy, are we going to miss the fresh water - - not looking forward to the salty seas again.

Second bit of trivia: Did you know that Purple Martins migrate to Venezula each year? But they are in Erie, PA now! The past two night they have been congregating on the sailboat masts in the marinas. Talk about a mess. We'll opt for the spider marks over the bird "marks" any day!

I guess that's all for now. Brian's low beer light is going off. (I knew I shouldn't have promised him one ... !).

If we don't find a library in Buffalo, we'll e-mail again along the Erie Canal. We'll raise a Buffalo Wing or two to you all. Cruising on.

Jeri and Brian