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Montezuma to Lyons

Here I get to prove once again that you can never step into the same river twice, or you can never see the same stretch of canal the same way twice.  Click here to see what I did with previous set of photos. The photo below was taken from the NE corner of the triangular […]

Virtual Erie Canal 5W: Lyons to Montezuma

I grew up less than 10 miles from this very location, in Wayne County, and having seen the whole system, I’ll suggest that, from the water, Wayne seems the most rural county transited by the canal, and that’s just description, not criticism.  Interesting to me is the fact that familiarity makes it hard for me […]

For the Birds 15

Birds and water tend to go together, but farther inland sometimes you see captivating sights, birds exotic to me. Rivers and lakes have these elongated birds. For the best photos of herons . . . a blog devoted entirely to these birds, check out babsje heron blog.  I’ve been reading it for years.  The graceful […]

CS Canal Leg 2: Van Cleef Lake to Midway Junction

Taken from the east end of Van Cleef Lake, we’ve now traveled less than 10 miles from Seneca Lakes/Stivers Marina. C/S lock 2/3 is a double lock:  you descend in lock 3 only to find that the lower gate of 3 is the upper gate of 2.  In the photo below, we’ve exited the lower […]

Virtual Erie Canal 7W: Seneca River to Syracuse

How we got here from Montezuma can be seen here on a map from the DEC.  Sorry, but I have no pics of Cross Lake, boyhood home area of Hiawatha, but not H. W. Longfellow’s version. Lock E-24, the only lock we transit in this last leg of the trip, is the pride and joy […]

Virtual Erie Canal 6W: Watkins Glen back to the Junction

Yesterday we ended at a junction in the canal near red number 4 on the map below,  Montezuma NY.  Today we start about 50 miles mostly south at the southern end of Seneca Lake, at the town of Watkins Glen, at the balloon and red number 1.  This map clearly shows the Finger Lakes area.  […]

Virtual Tours

MAPS Here are three great interactive maps, one from NYS Canals, one from the National Park Service, and one from Parks & Trails NY, showing different info. Canal Tours The Westbound Run covers from Waterford NY on the Hudson to Oswego NY on Lake Ontario.   Links for each leg taking  you across can be found […]

Margot

Although I’ve never named a post after this tugboat, you have seen her prominently in posts like here, here, and here. Margot and crew specialize in commercial cargoes to places no longer accustomed to seeing such arrive by Canal.   The cargo here is electrical generators for PSEG a pair of very heavy transformers …. for RG&E Macedon. Here’s […]

Canal Corp Boats 7

Here’s a view from the oldest of the fleet–Urger–heading through the Montezuma Wildlife Refuge. Grand Erie and Tender 4 (?) heading west almost three weeks ago. SPS 54 (?) tied up above lock 1 of the Cayuga-Seneca Canal.   By the way . . . SPS expands to “self-propelled scow.” Earlier this week, Urger meets Grand […]

Critters 3

Click here and then scroll to the last three pics;  you’ll see a sixth boro version of the photo below, taken just east of Lyons. Near the Montezuma, these passed twice, and they were certainly not the mute type. Lots of herons hunt for fish from the locks, but they fly away as a boat […]