September 15, 2001
Autumn has hit central New York! We woke up to a beautiful day, but it was only a chilly 45 degrees. Brian and I flipped over who had to get out of bed first and start the coffee! Because the canal water was still warm from the day before, but the air so cold, a mysterious and heavy fog/steam was coming off of the canal for the first hour of our cruise this morning. It was calming and lovely.
We are currently in Little Falls, NY, the first location we have revisited from our trip west. We will stay here tonight and press on to Lock 14 tomorrow.
Last night (Friday), we stayed at Lock 20. Although there is not a town nearby, it is a pretty park-like lock with electricity and water. Also staying at the wall last night were three other boats, one of them being the "Norfolk Rebel" from Norfolk, VA. We are surprised at the number of cruising-type boats we are seeing on the canal system since the Oswego Canal joined the Erie Canal. Although the canal could hardly be called busy, we are seeing 6 - 8 boats a day heading east (and we assume south) after wintering in the Great Lakes.
On Thursday, we stayed in Brewerton which is on the east side of Oneida Lake. We crossed the lake with no problems, leaving early in the morning because NOAA was predicting 30 knot winds in the afternoon. Brewerton has some restaurants, marine stores, and a drug store, but we did not see a grocery store. The library would not allow e-mail access.
The boat continues to run great and the tuna supply not depleting in the least.
Hope all is well with you.
Jeri and Brian