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!

Back in the Canal System -

 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