Smythe Family On The Road travel blog

Jonathan is checking things out as we wait for our boat to...

The canal doors are beginning to close behind us in the first...

The door is now closed and we hear a "bang" when the...

We tie off to a pole on the sidewall and watch the...

We stop at the footbridge which serves as a place to view...

The stone in the background was cut by German stonecutters. It stays...

The lock is opening after we have been lowered within the chamber.

The two bridges have an operator in each tower. The bridge is...

Jonathan drives the boat under the bridge once the operator has raised...

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When Jonathan asked the Captain if he could drive the boat, he...

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Jonathan and The Captain!


Thursday, September 6, 2007.

Niagara's Lazy Lakes Campground, Lockport, NY

Captain Jonathan on the Erie Canal

Jonathan and I had the opportunity to go on a boat trip on the Erie Canal today. We went through locks 34 & 35 which were built in the early 1900's and allow boats today to be raised and lowered 49 feet to overcome the elevation of the Niagara Escarpement. This is the same rock formation that forms Niagara Falls.

Jonathan asked the captain of the boat if he could "drive" the boat and he said "Sure!" Jonathan got to pilot the boat for a good chunk of the trip once we were through the locks. He was allowed to blow the horn at the bridge operators as we went under and turn the boat around when it was time to head back to the dock. He was just glowing he was so excited.

This evening we will be going to see Niagara Falls illuminated. (Ah, change in plans. We have been defrosting the refrigerator and freezer and have decided we'd better not leave them unattended. Stay tuned for the evening falls pictures tomorrow night.)



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