About in Boats, Boots, and Byways:
Archive of Erie Canal Journal entries for 2002
and driftin' in our skiff
-- Today we took the Weekend Skiff on
the new boat trailer to the Erie Canal. The boat and trailer
were happy, and we were, too. We
put in between Brockport and Holley and rowed west
for a mile ...
launch the Harmonica, our canalboat -- We
the Harmonica canalboat that I built today. We used the ramp
at Middleport. Stayed out about two hours. It was hot but
not so humid ...
set a pace we can't quite equal -- We went
to the launch ramp between Holley and Brockport, and started
off downstream to Brockport, but when the wind picked up at
our backs, we anchored for a time ...
from lock to lock in Pittsford-- We spent
the afternoon biking from Lock E32 (Lock 32 State Canal Park)
in Pittsford, near Rochester, to Lock E33 and a bit beyond,
to Rochester Institute of Technology ...
about in Gasport -- We put in at Gasport Marina,
where there is a tiny public boat launch ramp. First we went
downstream, with the wind, for about 45 minutes, then turned
around and fought the wind back ...
wind puts our boating season on notice-- We
had some time in the afternoon, so we went up on the Tonawanda
Creek section of the canal, which is closer to home, and launched
at West Canal Park and Marina ...
was a good day ... a dink day -- We went to
Widewater at Lockport today to launch
the dink that I'm building. I took a short
row down the canal, past the amazing row of hardwood trees
and temperature begin to drop for fall --
We took a ride along the canal from its intersection with
Niagara Falls Boulevard. We saw some special Nautical
... Ironical stuff and took pix ...
watch continues as the canal faces winter--
I detoured over by Lockport on the way home from church this
afternoon to see if the draining of the canal had started.
In Lockport, below the locks, there was no indication ...
up, one down ... Gate watch continues -- I
took another detour to the canal today to see if there was
any more progress on the draining effort. I went over to the
Guard Gate below Middleport. It was sunny and cold, and beautiful
foot here, a couple of feet there -- We went
up to Niagara Falls for a while this morning then north to
Route 18, then Route 104, heading toward the Guard Gate at
Middleport. We stopped at a farm stand in Ridgeway ...
level inches toward its winter position --
The water level is way down at the upper end of the canal,
because the workers have lowered the guard gate upstream from
Lockport, and downstream from the locks ...