September 12, 2001
We got to Newark, NY (near Rochester) yesterday morning and heard about the terroist attacks when we got to the library. Once we heard, we went back to the boat and spent the rest of the day watching TV in disbelief. Pretty much everyone we have talked to and seen today has seemed shocked and subdued (as we are) - - I'm sure this is no different than everywhere else in the country.
So as not to slight Newark, it is a good cruising town which seemed to have one of everything a visitor may need. Their town wall was unique in that they charge for electric by the hour (.25/two hours). It seems like a good compromise to have boaters pay something for the services the town is providing. The other nice feature is that the dock building (where the restrooms and showers were) also has a washer and dryer available for use by the boaters, no charge.
Today, we traveled for 8 hours to Baldwinsville, NY. The canal has now joined with the Senaca River so the scenery has changed again - - much more river-like with small cottages and boats than the previous narrow canal walls and parks/farmland. We were surprised to find the wall in Baldwinsville almost full of boats - - it turns out that there is a festival in town this coming weekend and people arrived early to secure a spot on the wall.
From here, we plan to maintain our current schedule, which means continuing east on the Erie Canal and starting down the Hudson River mid to late next week. From here forward, we will be retracing our steps from what we did in the spring and early summer.
"Brian alone in grocery". He wandered away for one minute and the next thing I know he is ready to check out with all of the "staples in life" (i.e. tuna, canned corn, peanut butter, beer, cheese, and bagels). That's the last time I ask him to go to the grocery store alone!
Jeri and Brian