"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

September 4, 2012

Sept. 3 - Waterford, NY

Canal Visitor Center Dock

Today we said goodbye to a few new friends we made here in Waterford and some we've known a little longer. Everyone has a different agenda...some are moving south for the winter and some our moving a little further east to store they boat until next spring. I missed saying goodbye to David and Barb on Memory Maker, but I hope they have a great trip back to Florida. Hopefully we will run into all these friends somewhere again along the water. Not long after our new friends departed our old friends Pam and Donny on Gallivant arrived. The locks were very crowed today and it took them quite awhile to come through the last five locks. I rode my bike up to the top of the flight locks so I could visit with Pam a little and take pictures of them coming down. It was great seeing them again. We had a lot of catching up to do.

Stan spent most of the day doing small projects on the boat...cleaning fenders, washing lock wall scum off the hull and cleaning the bottom of our dinghy. I ran a few errands and did a few loads of laundry. We spent the evening visiting with Pam and Donny. It was great to see them again. Hopefully we will get to spend a little more time with them when we get back to the Chesapeake.

Pat and Wayne on Envoy heading east through the Erie Canal
Laura and Bill on Kindred Spirits heading south to New York, the Chesapeake Bay and then to Florida
Pam and Donny arriving in Waterford
111 year old tug boat the Urger
Looking down towards the Hudson River from Erie Canal Lock 2

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