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We have dreamed of this for many years and finally our dream has come true.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Erie Canal Cruise & Fort Drum

18 & 19 June 2016

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

Kayak Fisherman

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

19 June

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

Memorial Park

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.

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