September 6, 2001
We have been having even more fun than usual over the last several days. I think at heart we are canal people.
Yesterday (Wednesday) we stayed another day in Tonawanda ... for two reasons. The first reason was that Terri at BoatU.S. wanted to FedEx us a a digital camera. You will now be able to see some of our travels via pictures via. We will try to send one or two with each cruising update.
The second reason is that we took a bus to Niagara Falls ($1.45/person one way)! And had a great time. We even went through the Winds of the Cave (i.e. putting on long yellow slickers and little booties made of carpet and walking along a path at the base of the American Falls). The 5th platform of the walk is called the Hurricane Platform. The waterfalls are close enough to touch, it is moving up to 70 MPH, and the winds and spray are terrific - - yes, we got wet, even with the yellow slickers. And of course Brian had to go back and stand on the platform a second time - - even his shorts were wet in the end (although I'm not sure if it was from the water or if he was scared ... oh, never mind)!
We really liked Tonawanda. The town had everything a cruiser might need and the town wall in Tonawanda is only $10/night to include electric, water, showers, and heads (vs. North Tonawanda - - I don't know what it charges). We would also recommend the Towpath Cafe to visitors (although we told the owner that we thought more boaters would stop in if it was called a tavern - - which it really is). Great wings, perch, and patrons. It was so good, we were there both nights!
This morning we got fuel at Wendle's (for the boaters, diesel was $1.63/gallon - - the cheapest we've seen in a while) and then went a whole 18 miles to Lockport. Once again, we basically have the canal to ourselves - - we only passed one boat during the 2 1/2 hour trip this morning. Lockport is one of the larger towns we've seen on the canal thus far but seems well maintained and pretty ... it even has a Pizza Hut! (I can see we are going to be over our eating out budget this month!) We plan to hang out here tonight and then head to Medina tomorrow ... if we can keep motivated ...
We're off to explore the town and take some more pictures ... and to work up an appetite for pizza.
Cruising on. Jeri and Brian