Today we took the 90 minute Erie Canal Cruise from Herkimer. Very informative about the history of the Erie Canals and statistics. The cruise took us through a "liquid elevator". Lock 18 lowers and raises boats 20 feet and using all the original equipment from 100 years ago. The daily cruises depart at 100PM and 300PM mid May through Mid October and is $19/adult.
|Our Tour Boat|
|Captain Giving His Commentary|
|Had Lunch at Dock Restaurant After Cruise|
The Erie Canal going from Albany to Buffalo is 363 miles long and has 35 locks. Over 500 miles of interconnected canals, rivers and lakes are open for navigation from May to 15 November. Watercraft range from canoes to fully equipped cruisers. The New York canal system comprises Erie,Cayuga-Seneca,Oswego ad Champlain canals. Three-Quarters of a 350 mile off road Canalway Trail has been completed for hikers, joggers, bicyclists and cross country skiers. Railways and the Eisenhower Interstate Highway System have proven that the canal is no useful for the transport of goods and is now primarily a pleasure canal.
|Map of Canal|
|Massive Guard Gates|
|Entering the #18 Lock|
|Departing the Lock at Mohawk River|
|Very Interesting to Watch|
|Flood Guard Gates|
|Return Trip Through Lock|
|Filling the Lock|
Those who are adveturous "called loopers" take the 5600 mile journey from Florida to the Canal and return. This takes the boats usually starting out in Florida and arriving at the Canal in May with a return to Florida. The trip is only in the Atlantic Ocean for 35 miles beginning at Cape May in NJ and traveling to NYC. This is possible by traveling the intercoastal and inland rivers. Our captain today has done this trip 2 times at a cost of around $35,000.
|Map of Great Circle Cruise|
We drove the 60 miles up to Fort Drum for shopping at the commissary and to see the Army base. The base is located in the Thousands Islands Region only 30 miles from Canada. It is home to the 10th Mountain Division. At least 80,000 troops are trained here annually. In 1959 testing of Agent Orange began here and dioxin levels are still reported on the base and community. It was previously known as Pine Camp and was renamed in 1974.During WWII it served as a prisoner of war camp for Italian and German troops.
On the way to the commissary we stopped by the Mountain Soldiers Memorial.
|Marker for Memorial|
|Plaque for Sculpture Below|
|Fallen Warrior Plaque|
|Fallen Warrior Sculpture|
|Helping a Child|
Tomorrow we get ready for our departure to Sodus Point, NY..only 2 hours away and on the 23rd we enter into Canada.