Buffalo, NY and the Erie Canal

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9/6/02, Fri This was the first lock on the Erie Canal when coming from Buffalo. The working locks are on the left. The old original retired locks are on the right.

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This is a closer shot of the retired locks. It is hard to see the details of the channels and doors in this shot (too much contrast). It is interesting that the canal cuts right through the center of this bustling little town.

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Sat. 9/7/02. The canal is easy living. It is so peaceful. What a joy to side off right in the heart of downtown, hop off the boat, and sample all the local shops. It is like having your own private little condominium. If things get too boisterous, just head right back out. The canal is dotted with these quaint little villages. All are waiting to be discovered.

Sat, 9/7/02. This is an aqueduct just east of Lockport. It goes over a fairly deep gorge and is quite a marvel. It is hard to get a good perspective from this picture.

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Tues, 9/10/02. I was having so much fun I neglected some prime picture taking opportunities. The little villages along the way are so cute. I stopped at Spencerport (the little siding docks are free) and found it to be one of the prettiest towns I ever been in.

This picture is of the old original Erie Canal aqueduct ruins. The stone work is stunning. No matter how many times I see these old remnants I am still awe struck by their functional form and beauty.

9/10/02, Tues. ‘Same aqueduct ramains, but at a different angle.

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Thurs, 9/12/02. This is the rebuilt terminal house at Utica, NY.

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Thurs, 9/12/02. What a beautiful misty morning to wake up to.

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Fri, 9/13/02. It is amazing how these little critters keep the canal water so clean.

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Fri, 9/13/02. This was the most spectacular area on the canal at least in my opinion. The lock it a 40 foot drop and is cut right into the side of a cliff.

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Fri, 9/13/02. Notice the interesting rock formations.

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Fri, 9/13/02. To exit, I pop out of the bottom hatch door.

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Fri, 9/13/02. There is a heck of a wall of water behind those gates. ‘Hope they don’t let go.

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Fri, 9/13/02 Canajoharie, NY. This was my stop. It was time to get going on the putting the boat away for winter and get back to other projects.

Not mentioned earlier was the annoying problem of the engine occasionally locking up while motoring on the canal. The boat is in winter storage now and I’ve had time to look a the engine and found a bad gasket on the exhaust manifold. This was were the water was leaking into the cylinders. I got all the parts I need to complete the engine repairs and also will put in a new cooling pump. I’m looking forward to the next sailing season.

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