Friends have joined me for the trip to very northern Michigan. Touched the north Channel and the weather is very chilly and unpredictable yet great for cruising. On way now to Mackinac Island!! We have heard so much about it. Jackets and ties required at the Grand Hotel after 6:30pm so lemme go see what i can put together!
After two nights in Toronto we sailed south across Lake Ontario and took a tour of the FALLS!! Amazing time so went went back last night to see them at night. Back to the real world a while and back to boat in a few weeks.
After touring the Boldt and Singer Castles we cruised into Canadian waters. We arrived in Kingston for Canada Day and had a great time seeing the town and watching fireworks. A morning cruise to a small town called Cobourg was nice. Guests leave and arrive and yesterday afternoon we cruised the beautiful Lake Ontario, ate a delicious casserole I brought from Betsy at Cassaroles Inc, Atlanta. Amazing sunset and pulled into Toronto harbor to all the big city lights. About to go ashore now!!
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!
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!!
I thought it might get boring but on the contrary it was not. Can’t really get my head around having my boat in the middle if NY State. 13 locks. Only shared one with another boat! Very peaceful. Nice peeps at each and especially Brian at Lock 2. He put a good word in for us apparently as we seem to be expected each time we arrive at a lock. Kinda like that!
It has been too long from the last update, but now I will be putting posts here as I take the boat on a summer adventure. We enjoyed a week in Manhattan, docked at Chelsea Piers, and have moved up the Hudson River to Albany, NY and are about to begin the trip to Lake Ontario through the famous Erie Canal. Stay tuned for updates along the way!