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The Pals

ERIE CANAL

Launch:Seneca Lake State Park, Geneva, NY. Good ramp and security patrols the parked truck and trailer. Access to the Finger Lakes, and near the midpoint of the Erie Canal.


Nearby campsites:Sampson Lake State Park, south on Seneca Lake. It also has a ramp but is a distance from the canals.


Comments: Prepare for a leisurely trip through beautiful countryside, friendly towns, and American history.

ERIE CANAL GATHERING

"And You'll Always Know Your Pal, If You've Ever Navigated on the Erie Canal"

--- -The joy of a ggathering is the good time shared. There's something special about folks who choose an unpretentious, quality-built, practical small boat. We had eight boats for the cruise-gathering; each was from a different state. It was an eclectic, diverse, and wonderful group of friends -- sharing wine, laughter, meals and locking. Can't think of a nicer way to share a week with friends than navigating on the Erie Canal.-

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Great Folks

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My Pal -- Yep, Hall of Fame; Relaxing; PBS Interview

-"I've Got a Mule ... "

--- -The hogees had theeir mules; we have our Hondas and Yamahas. Theirs pulled barges; ours push C-Dorys. They were "good old workers, and a good old pal;" and so are ours. They chugged us all the way to Buffalo.

--- -Those men were worrking -- hard. We were playing -- softly. The Erie Canal has gone through the transition from a commercial barge canal to a pleasure boat cruising ground, and New York had done a great job!-Through the centuries, the "times they are a'changing."

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The Fleet at Seneca Falls and at Newark

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"For We're Coming to a Town"

- -- -Town meant foodd! And this crew traveled the Erie Canal on it's stomach. Oh, there were a few historical and scenic places to visit, but the priority was obvious by the steadily lowering water lines on the C-Dorys.

 

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Seneca Falls, Newark, Palmyra

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Before, During, and After at Spencerport's Grandpa Sam's

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More of the Gang at Grandpa Sam's

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Brockport's Smoke House (and a Toast From the Ex-mayor of Brockport)

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Happy Man in Brockport

"Git Up There, Mule, Here Comes a Lock"

--- We traveled many a lock and lifted many a bridge. There were almost no delays, the locktenders were courteous, efficient and helpful with advice, and the crew did a great job (not a ding).

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Top of the Lock- -- - -- -- -- --- -- Bottom of the Lock

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--- -There were big onees, little ones; leaky sills and tight; rough walls and smooth. We know them all.

"We Know Every Inch of the Way ..."

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Candy Corner and Fudge Square; And the Red Cat

"Right Back Home to Buffalo" ---

(09/05)

 

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