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Monday, July 4, 2011

Erie Canal, Little Falls, NY....with no Little Falls, but still a cute place!

Through more locks. Passed through 7 locks today. Most take little time and there is little time between them. The Lockmasters have been extremely friendly and made the experience fun.

Once again I am having trouble posting. Grrrrrr.........................

THIS IS THE REASON NOT TO POST BEFORE BEDTIME! WE WENT FOR A BIKE RIDE TO A RESTAURANT FOR DINNER AND ICE CREAM AFTERWARDS.
Little Falls is just beautiful. There are 6000 residents.

Chris, the Dockmaster called around to find AN open restaurant. The only restaurant in town open was a BBQ Grill. Yummy! The kitchen prepared a gourmet grilled sandwich for me made with Gouda! Now that is YUMMY!

City Hall is majestic.

The homes are amazing! Well maintained in a very hilly setting. I could have posted 20 separate photos - each home more beautiful.

Notice anything special about this window?  A kitty was watching our every move!


Each Lock has a power plant and an office.

Many of the docks have an interesting sights to see.

The dams hold back a significant amount of water and at some sights create power.

Is there anything prettier?

Notice the electronic control box. Also the colors of the Erie Canal are maize and blue. What's with that!

Trains run along most of the canal and rivers.

Some trains are freight and others are passenger trains.

The locks are deteriorating. Traffic is light and there is concern that the budget issues could affect the life of the Erie Canal. What a huge loss that would be.
This is a different control system with levers instead of electronic controls.

When on a lift, the fill of the water in the lock is turbulent and can push the boat toward or away from the wall. In the Erie we were usually holding lines that hang down the walls.

This is a huge gate that is used with heavy flow. We were told they used the gates this spring and last fall.

Notice the maize and blue. I keep looking for Green and White!.

This is a guillotine lock.  The door comes down from the top. As you cross under the door, water drips on the boat.

A bit threatening....

Big wall. Water always is pouring from somewhere. None of the locks are in great condition. Since 1825, most locks have been redone 3 times.

Little Falls Rotary Park. Office of the marina is a renovated building from the 1800's.

The Marina  is really a great spot.


Notice what is hanging out his behind.....hint, hint to BooBoo and Buddy!

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