We originally wanted to go Saturday, but I purposely waited until the last minute to get tickets because I wasn't sure how our Saturday would go. And sure enough, after a fun morning at the library, tickets for the later sailing were already sold out. So it became Sunday's activity instead. Saturday afternoon turned into Hot Wheels stunt track setup, a couple errands, and a yummy dinner out followed by a little time outside before bed. Sunday we went to church, had some lunch, did some Duplo building, and then left for our boat trip. Carter had spent the weekend telling people about going on a boat, and it was finally time! Someone was very excited (and so was this kid...haha!)...
We got on the boat and settled into our seat...
We got a nice lesson about the history of the canal and some little tidbits about past boat guests and their odd connections to the canal. Eventually the boat set off, and as we listened to more commentary, we looked out the window at the scenery and other passing boats, and kept our eyes peeled for blue herons along the shore. About 15 minutes in, we entered Lock 32. We moved to the back of the boat to catch a glimpse of the lock doors closing.
|The doors are closing as we float in. Notice the height of the walls...|
|We moved to the front of the boat as the water rose. Note that these doors weren't quite as water tight as the other set!|
It was very pretty as we sailed out into the next section. There were some houses just beyond this on the shore straight ahead that had to have a gorgeous view. Can't imagine what those cost! Oh, wait, just looked on Zillow. Half a million. Anyway...
As the boat was getting ready to turn around, we saw this guy...
And then we got to see him fly away! Huge wing span!
Back into the lock we went, and we got to see it all happen in reverse! The big doors you saw first are straight ahead...
|Oh, and that little white building on the right has a guy that moves between ends of the lock to manage the process. He had a faithful dog named Camouflage. And yes, her fur looked like it!|
|Notice the water mark on the wall...crazy to think we were up there just a few minutes earlier!|
|Note the greenish stains on the wall. That's the approximate spot where the lock master keeps the water level in between uses, so it only takes half the time to fill or empty it, depending on whichever is needed.|
|The big tower is a former grain tower that now has offices (and possibly a condo) in it.|
They started playing the old Erie Canal song during this part of the trip, which added some atmosphere, and it was such a pleasant day with perfect weather. Carter just hung out at the front of the boat where he could see over the edge, and I happily presided above him.
Eventually our trip was coming to an end, but the scenery as we approached the park was lovely.
|Renovated flour mill|
|Front of the boat where we hung out most of the trip|
|Back of the boat where the captain was, and where we watched the first set of lock doors open|
...and then we headed to the Trader Joe's nearby to see if there was anything worth buying. We came back with a few fun snacks and Craig and Jacob were already home when we got there. Aside from a couple momentary lapses, Carter was a really great little boy for the weekend. We had a lot of fun and some good quality time. While it was hard to say goodbye to one of the last weekends of the summer, it helped to know we only had one day to get through before a couple more days off. Seabreeze is on tap for tomorrow!