ESS-KAY Marina, Brewerton NY. Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse.

Kim and her family welcomed us with open arms (and a load of fuel) as Captain Jim and her go back 20 years.  Brewerton, NY sits on west end of Lake Oneida and has transient boats, colorful locals and some relics!!  Not only old boats but A 91 yo woman making transit and a 1942 Mack Truck that is still in service!!  Syracuse grew from 250 people to about 12,000 between 1820-1830 as the canal construction began to transform the area. All loans to build the canal were paid off by 1845.  A very successful project.  We need a modern day version to get our economy moving and help us pay our debts. The commerce the canal created put NYC ahead of other ports and really made it what it is today. On to Oswego, NY today!

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Day 2

It is amazing at 8 knots how far you can travel.  I-90 traffic blew horns on one side of us and Amtrack on other.  Hey y’all!!!  2 nights in Brewerton now and then to Lake Ontario!!

Strep Throat, blood work and no data….

I am home suffering with Strep. When was the last time I had it? I not only don’t know, but I don’t know how to find out.

Two weeks ago, I had a routine blood work done. The report? Well, have you ever seen the actual report? What does all that mean? And how has it trended over the past few years? Again, don’t know. They don’t give it to me.

It occurs to me that my airplane oil change service is MUCH more informative than bloodwork from my doctor. I don’t really blame my doctor, but you sure would think that in 2012 we’d have that answer, and I kinda wish I knew the last time I had strep….must have been awhile.

I feel better now.

Cuba

The city of Havana is in such need of investment, the number of restaurants and hotels so limited, a lifting of the embargo would great havoc.  I did enjoy the visit, the wonderful people, the cigars and seeing “Pilar”, Hemmingways famous fishing boat.  Our humanitarian trip was enlightening.

“Pilar” now in a shed at Hemingways house outside of Havana, should really be in Key West but I doubt Ernest really gives a damn.

What u say Che’?

Fancy show here considering.

the cars…..

the cars!!

….the next one.

what a day….and something i gotta say so listen up!

Bordeaux

After all the years of enjoying some wine from France, I made my way through the wine country of Bordeaux.