Erie Canal Kayak Trip, July 2-7, 2011
|The Flight of 5 locks from the old Erie Canal|
This trip was done as a series of car-camping shuttles. We moved the cars each day and set up camp. This allowed us a certain level of luxury not normally associated with kayak camping. We arranged all of the camping in advance.
|Underground in Lockport|
July 2 - We arrived in the afternoon and started our trip with a visit to the underground tour in Lockport, NY. We walked through the old canal run-off cave that once carried water that powered the factories lining the banks of the canal. After a visit to the canal museum, we launched our kayaks and headed east through the double locks that drop a total of 49 feet. Sitting in the lock, looking up, we were in awe of the engineering and ingenuity that was required to create this man-made wonder. A few miles later, we arrived at our campsite: the spacious lawn of the Widewaters Drive In. The owners graciously allowed us to camp and even left the bathrooms open all night just for us. We drove into Lockport and had a fantastic dinner at Wagner’s restaurant. Try the beef on weck and the wings!
|Lock 34 in Lockport|
|Kayaks seem very small in the lock|
|Our 1st Kayak Campsite|
|The Campsite was at an ice cream stand, great root beer floats!|
|Roughing it with a plastic wine glass.|
|We had a great meal at the Basket Factory.|