A beautiful day for a deluge…

Trip Start Jul 13, 2013
Trip End Aug 12, 2013

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Where I stayed
Canandaigua/Rochester KOA
What I did
The Erie Canal

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Friday, August 2, 2013

We woke up on The Erie Canal this morning to one of the prettiest ones we have had on our whole trip…cool temps, clear blue skies and a gorgeous 360 degree view! It just doesn't get any better! We had our breakfast and coffee on the front deck…what fun! Folks walking by on the Canal Path (the one that the mules used to pull the barges back in the hay day of the canal) were smiling and telling us good morning. This has been a very special spot for us.

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. I found a visor there that I had been trying to find for awhile and purchased it and I love it.

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 pulled into the dock; John jumped out and tied us off, and the instant he got back on board, the sky opened up. I could tell you it rained hard. I could tell you that it poured. What actually happened is that we had a deluge!! Wow! The rain came down for over 30 minutes like it did for several hours during the flood of Nashville several years ago. It was amazing. We were thankful that we had docked as otherwise we would have been motoring down the canal with no way to stop and tie up until the rain ended. However, we were safe and secure in our happy little canal boat and had a very relaxing lunch on the covered front deck.

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.

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Sue Painter on

We are so glad you got to do this Canal boat trip, it looks like total fun! So many pretty little towns in that area - a great place to explore. Glad to hear that Mufusa forgave you......

hawkeye88 on

Ha! I figured out how to do a blog. Facebook is easier...... But at least I did it. Yay me! :D

Lora Carbary on

Pat and John,

What a wonderful trip you are having and I did not know that John wanted to be a skipper of a boat. I think the bike ride was good for him to do and I have enjoyed this trip with you both so much. I look forward to reading this and love the video's too.

Love, Lora

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