A beautiful day for a deluge…
Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
31Trip End Aug 12, 2013
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The Erie Canal
After breakfast we walked up to the main street and checked out the pretty little village of Pittsford, NY. On our way we talked to several of the natives and they were all very friendly and welcoming to us. One mother and daughter were walking a cute little chocolate cocker spaniel—a very well behaved little fellow which was nice. We enjoyed our short stop in the village. There was a "Life is Good" shop there and since I always enjoy shopping at them, we went in
Getting back to the Oneida we prepared to cast off and head back east on the Erie Canal towards our final destination of Masedon to return our canal boat to her own home, and pick up poor Mufasa who probably thought that he had been abandoned far, far from home.
We left Pittsford at 10:50 heading eastward on the canal. We passed under the Lift Bridge in Fairport at 12:45. Man, was it raining then! As I told you, we woke up to a gorgeous morning but by the time we got close to Fairport, the sky had started to darken up and we could see lightning in the distance in front of us. It was raining as we came under the bridge and we had to decide quickly what we wanted to do. Our original intentions had been to dock in Fairport and walk to the little village for lunch. Well, it was raining hard enough by that time we knew that the original plan was not going to work—now what to do? Just east of the bridge lie several places for boats to dock. They have water and electricity right there on the canal. (I have a correction for the video I downloaded today--this is NOT the only lift bridge on the canal. There are 16 of them. The difference is that this particular bridge is the only SLANTED lift bridge on the canal and it may be the only one in the country.)
We decided that we better stop and have lunch on the boat and let the bad weather pass on by
We took a picture of what the side of the dock to which we were tethered looked like, but I don’t think it will give you the full effect of what we saw. There was so much rain coming down, the water was tumbling over the edge of the dock so hard it looked like a mini (brown) Niagara Falls. Unbelievable. If we hadn’t been on a boat I would have worried about being drowned!
The rain finally eased up shortly after we finished eating lunch so we cast off at 2:00 and again headed towards Oneida’s home dock. We had short rain showers off and on for about an hour and then, once again the sun came out and we had a lovely afternoon, arriving at the marina in Masedon at 4:00
We thanked the folks that rented us our little adventure home very much, and then unloaded the canal boat and tried to apologize to Mufasa. After hearing about our daughter and son in law’s adventure leaving our Grand dog, Sheeba, in their RV while they went on a tour (she ate their window blinds) we were hoping that Mufasa would forgive us for leaving him in a strange place. He did and after we repacked the Big Muf, we were on our way back to the KOA we were in night before last. We arrived there a little after 5:30 and soon were settled on our site for the night. We continue to be amazed at what campgrounds deem the word “level” to mean, but it is never the same thing twice! After leveling on blocks we are set up for the night. The power is very good, and we have a wonderful view, so once again, life is good.
The temperature as we arrived here was 77 degrees with low humidity—a perfect feeling evening. We are right at the edge of their little lake. Across it are the Kamping Kabins with families eating their suppers on the picnic tables. A few people are fishing, and across and to the side of the lake. LOTS of children are bouncing on a HUGE oval, air filled plastic bubble. Looks like they are having a wonderful time! We have had a good supper and hope to play a short game of shuffleboard either this evening or in the morning before we pull out of camp.
We drove approximately 15 miles today…and did 15 miles on The Oneida, the canal boat. By the way, the pictures I downloaded tonight also include some from yesterday. I think I told you that wasn't able to access the pictures from my camera last night.