Ilion

17 Aug

We transited three more locks yesterday. That makes a total of 17 locks since we entered the Erie Canal…and Lock 17 was fascinating!

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The entrance was not the standard ‘big swinging gate’. Nope, this lock had a guillotine-type entrance (visualize a really big bagel cutter that drips questionable liquid on you as you pass underneath). It was like entering the maw of the beast!

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…and if that was the beast’s mouth, then I have to say that the gullet looked really slimy…

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…there were even places along the wall that appeared to have sprung a leak…

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…I’m not doing any more ‘gaping maw’ analogies – it’s just getting too gross…

…and, of course, there always seems to be an audience when you pull in or out of one of these man-made monstrosities…

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…so, you had better make it look good (no boats crashing against the sides, please, and keep a tight hold on that slimy rope!)…

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…of course, it’s all worth the effort since you often find a little slice of Nirvana on the other side…

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At this moment, Bushranger is sitting in beautiful Ilion, New York, so you can consider yourself up to date.

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What’s next, you ask? Well, our auxiliary crew, Matt and Faye, show up tomorrow. Sounds like it’s time for the four of us to have a good look around Upper State New York!

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…and, now, I believe it’s time for a cup of tea…

9 Responses to “Ilion”

  1. Alex Ertz August 17, 2015 at 16:11 #

    We remember (fondly) Ilion Marina as being an ice cream shop with a marina attached.

  2. jdepodwin August 17, 2015 at 21:57 #

    You two are really impressive! To think just a few years ago, you had never navigated through locks. Absolutely love the photos, especially from inside the lock. Sure can’t be claustrophobic!

  3. Paul K August 18, 2015 at 04:33 #

    Amazing stuff. I know that you will enjoy the company of Faye and Matt. Where will ‘Bushranger’ spend the winter?

    • MrsBushranger August 18, 2015 at 08:09 #

      At Brewerton New York! She will keep her mast down and be put into a heated shed (she, like her Captain, does not like cold, snowy winters). …so see you guys soon!

      • Paul Kinghorne August 18, 2015 at 16:41 #

        We are looking forward to seeing you two!

  4. Beverly Hilarides September 2, 2015 at 11:35 #

    Thanks again LynnAnne for sharing these great pictures of your Grand Adventures.
    Love to you both.

    • MrsBushranger September 4, 2015 at 20:19 #

      Thanks Bev. Boyd and I just landed in Newark, back from Bronny ‘s french wedding. ..it was beautiful! Hope all is well with you guys. Thanks for all your support and friendship.

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