Roger, Maggie & Camden - NY to Maine 2013 travel blog

A fellow traveling on his canoe down east on the Erie Canal,...

Roger has dog walking duty every morning with his 1st cup a...

This fellow slept near our boat in the rainy period at lock#20...

A beautiful old Canal Tug preceding us into a lock.

Little Falls is a gorgeous old town that takes pride in it's...

A colorful town located amidst several islands on the Mohawk River, which...

Rain rain go away... enough already!!

Camden plays soccer at home and she sniffed out this ball in...

Hitching post with horse and enclosed Amish buggy in parking lot of...

Hitching post with horse and buckboard in the parking lot of the...

Our 4th day at lock #15. Camden is fascinated by freight trains...

Maggie's on-board garden this season... moss gardening. There's plenty up here. This...


Well everybody, it appears we will be spending a WHOLE lot more time on this lovely Erie Canal than we ever imagined. We can't complain though because there are a lot of other vessels in the same predicament. All resulting from all the rain they've had over the past several weeks. Locks were being closed and reopened right and left throughout the entire canal systems in New York, and there are a lot of canals up here. They connect the myriad of lakes, rivers, creeks, pools, streams, sloughs and so on. Then a few days ago we found out that it isn't just high water but lock damage caused by all the debris bombarding the gates that is keeping several locks in our area from reopening. Apparently repairs are under way but the Canal authorities haven't given (or won't give)a time line for opening. So here we sit, or rather float. And we don't know if for days, weeks, or how long. This is a peak season for tourism and canal traffic and all the local economies depend on us travelers. We are not going to leave our Dande Girl tied up at a lock, unprotected, and go somewhere else as the fellow in front of us did last evening. Camden just wouldn't hear of it.

We know for one thing, we will not be able to make it to our only reservation on the entire trip - the 4th of July week in New York. Double DRAT!!! Of course we'll get there eventually but we'll miss the spectacular fireworks that we were looking forward to. Also we hoped to visit with Maggie's cousin, Anne Rodger's family. We still hope she'll be in town when we finally do get there. Also we were hoping to meet up with friends Don & Gigi who will be traveling in the Long Island Sound communities in July. We'll see how this all works out.

We are all three doing well and enjoying the wonderful weather we're having now. You know us. We'll find fun in honky-tonks as well as fine french bistros, community parks with hobos sleeping on picnic tables as well as swanky resorts and yacht clubs. We are sleeping great, walking lots (like we have a choice), eating well and fresh (as opposed to out of cans), and we're less stressed because we can't get TV National News. Neither of us is susceptible to boredom. How can we get bored when we have endless projects on board this vessel. Remember that, with all these new systems, Roger has endless projects, repairs and adjustments and he's learning how to use the newer computerized controls. Maggie has been trying some new cooking techniques and she's finally getting back to reading because Camden doesn't demand 100% of her time anymore. Also, Maggie has started a tiny moss garden to keep her occupied. It started with a piece on the wall in front of her in a lock. Now she will be able t hunt for different varieties while out on dog walks and get expert advice from Martha Stewart online - where else?

Keep your fingers crossed for us that the canals open soon so we can get on with it.

Oh, an important thing happened yesterday. The sale of our Gurley, AL house was final yesterday - it closed. This is the second time it closed in the past 6 years and this time we don't have any financial interest in it. Glory be.



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