Our next stop was Bruce and Joan's dock on Gingerville Creek in Annapolis. It was sad to see the empty dock as we arrived, but at least we knew that Forever 39 had gone to a good home; having become Janet and Jerry's boat At Last. It's always fun to catch up with Bruce and Joan and especially to see all the finishing touches they had made on their home remodeling. Bruce is a wonder with mahogany. They have the nicest closets you'll ever see.
Several boats came and anchored near us. One, we felt, was a little too near us. After complaining that we weren't swinging right, as if we had control over it, he moved. A sailboat was sitting right over our anchor and had to run his engine to keep in place as his anchor started dragging when a storm came through. Never a dull moment!
The next day we stopped in Delaware City for a few days to wait for better weather for going down the Delaware to Cape May. Finally with a 5:50 am start, we made it down to Cape May where we waited out a weekend and hoped for Monday to be calm enough to go off shore. The choices here are the NJ ICW which offers narrow, shallow channels, and, on weekends, New Jersey boaters. A triple threat.
the blocks of shops and restaurants. But I didn't expect to see a unicorn with a pink and purple mane - and sparkly hooves!
While in Waterford we did some grocery shopping and waited for an express mail package - which arrived 24 hours late.
Our trip through the Erie Canal was fast. Our first day took us through nine locks with a total lift of 240 feet. Joe wanted to go farther, but the locks stop operating at 6 pm now. The second day we did eight locks with a total lift of about 127 feet. Some of the locks have a cable or pipe attached to the wall that you can slip a line around and then cleat to the boat. The line then slides up the cable/pipe and the boat stays basically under control. Some locks have ropes in addition to the cable/pipe. In those cases, if the placement works out, we attach line to the cable, then I hold onto a line on the bow and Joe holds one on the stern and all usually goes smoothly.
The next two days were more locks and uneventful stops until we got to Pittsford.
We'd had a little break from locks, but in Lockport we came to a flight of two before stopping for the day. Both are 25' lifts, but have cables so we weren't expecting a lot of drama. The excitement came as the first starting filling - with sudsy water! Lots and lots of suds. It looked like we were in the wash cycle - which would actually be a good idea as the walls of the locks get pretty muddy and slimy.
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