Hello to all! It's been awhile since we've been able to hook up to the internet. Thanks to the Sodus Bay,NY Yacht Club we are up and blogging! We are still a little challenged by trying to mix text with pics so read on and know that the pictures are at the end of this blog. Enjoy and we look forward to comments as usual.
THE WELLAND CANAL
OK. So we’ve talked about this for years. Which route should we go? The
So today is Sunday, July 24, 2005 and we just traversed the
A very friendly power boat ahead of us lead the way. Every bridge did open for us and every lock gently and slowly lowered us to the next level. Lock 8 (going backwards from Lake Erie to
Only the last two locks showed closed doors as we approached. It is so weird to see horizon, lock door, and tree tops. At one point we had 10 minutes to wait for a freighter to arrive on its upbound journey. This was a double lock with an upbound lock and us in the downbound lock. The ship’s bow and stern were still visible even though her hull was 45+ feet below us. Captain Dino, the lock chief, said that we could walk on shore if we wanted while we were waiting. Sue was tempted to jump up and take a photo of the disjointed horizon and huge freighter trapped in the lock, but the step was a bit too much. She wasn’t ready to leave the mother ship at this point.
As we completed the last lock and cruised our way to
When you head up the channel toward the canal you wonder where do I pay...Then you figure it out!
As you enter the lock all you see is a wharf and some closed doors at the far end. Nothing really suggests that you are about to be lowered 45 feet!
Beginning the downward trek. All the canal men are very friendly and curious about our trip.
We pay out line and fend off on the way down. It's actually very easy.
Near the end of a 'drop' We were way up there when it started!