This morning’s sun burned off a minor fog and opened a bright blue sky. We left Brewerton, NY at 0730 and headed west on the Erie Canal with temperatures in the high 60s. It was a beautiful day for a cruise.
At 0815 we exited Lock 23 and cruised through the sun’s warmth, passing lovely homes while enjoying the antics of birds along the way.
By midday we arrived at Lock 24 and entered with our usual starboard-side tie. As we secured the lock line, the lock master informed us that water upstream of the lock was closed to all vessels due to high water. We just cannot get away from the ravages of the rain.
Lock 24 is located in the middle of Baldwinsville, NY. Restaurants abound along the waterfront and the municipal wall where transients can tie-up is darling.
The lock master suggested that we tie up to the municipal wall and wait-out the closure. More rain is on the way, and there is no way of knowing when the Senaca River will crest and subside. We tied up to the wall and by 1400 were sitting at a sidewalk café enjoying watching the next thunderstorm approach. We have made plans to rent a car to visit the many museums and sights in this marvelous region of New York. Perhaps we will start with the wineries of Lake Cayuga and Lake Senaca.
Best of all, we are tied-up close to Urger, the queen of the NY Canal fleet!
Suzanne looks like she’s a great deckhand! Love the baby swan picture and good luck with the rain.
She is a stellar deckhand! We want to keep her but Virgil and Marcus won’t let us.
Plan B re renting a car and going about sounds great. Enjoy the wineries.
If you were going to stall because of high waters and lock closures Baldwinsville is one of the better places along the Erie to wait things out.