Messing About in Boats, Boots, and Byways:

Archive of Erie Canal Journal entries for 2002

    
Sunset on the canal.

    One of our favorite destinations is the Erie Canal, which originally began in downtown Buffalo, and later when the canal was widened and renamed the Erie Canal Barge Canal, the canal began, and still begins, at North Tonawanda on the Niagara River where Tonawanda Creek empties into the river.

    We have biked in five-mile bites from Lockport to Brockport, and we've rowed a time or two, too.

  

  

  • Rowin' 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 ...
  • Water works its magic on a humid day -- We went for another row on the canal. This time, we put in below Middleport and rowed for a while, then drifted back. The day had been hot and humid ...
  • We launch the Harmonica, our canalboat -- We launched 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 ...
  • We see dogs and ducks ... and a very odd crane -- We took the Harmonica out for its second voyage. Again, we went to the ramp just outside of Middleport, on the Medina side ...
  • By now, we're canal veterans -- We launched in the afternoon at Veterans Park in Amherst on the Tonawanda Creek section of the Erie Canal. It was the first time that we had much wind to contend with ...
  • Walkers 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 ...
  • Everyone passes us by; we couldn't be more pleased -- We took the boat up to Lockport this afternoon and launched at Widewater. We went up to the lift bridge near downtown, then turned around and went with the current ...
  • Diamonds! We're rich!-- We spent about five hours on the water, putting in at Albion and motoring upstream toward a big lake connected to the canal near Presbyterian Road and Eagle Harbor. The color of the day was yellow ...
  • Biking 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 ...
  • Canalboats for all my friends!-- We launched at the North Tonawanda town ramp and motored down to Erie Gateway Park to meet four friends. The goal for the day was to give first rides to friends and to try out the waterbikes ...
  • New navigation lights give safety and joy -- We spent about five hours on the canal this evening, with the lion's share done after dark. We put in at Widewater in Lockport and went as far as Orangeport Bridge ...
  • Messing 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 ...
  • Strong 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 ...
  • It 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 ...
  • We visit abandoned Gennessee Valley Canal locks -- We took a ride down to Letchworth State Park to admire the turning leaves, and I also wanted to take pictures of a series of abandoned locks that I had seen a few years ago ...
  • Leaves 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 ...
  • The season of the Guard Gates begins -- We went up to the canal at Middleport to see if the dusting of snow that Western New York got overnight would make for some good pix. There was a little more snow still on the ground ...
  • The 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 ...
  • One 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 ...
  • A 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 ...
  • In theory, the canal will be draining for winter -- Took yet another detour by Lockport to check on the level of the canal. There wasn't any change to speak of ...
  • 5 feet down and 11 to go -- We took a chilly ride up to Middleport to check on the level of the canal. The total drop so far is about 5 feet, which leaves about 11 feet to go before the canal is drained. It was spitting snow ...
  • Canal 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 ...
  • Canal arrives at winter destination -- We took a trip up to the canal to see how far the draining effort has gone. The canal is down another five feet from the last time I check, and there isn't much more to go ...
Herkimer

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