Lumpy Lake Erie to Michigan

Yesterday at 0700 we left the quaint small town of Vermillion Ohio. The weather was hazy and windy with some rain. East winds on Lake Erie and a long fetch produced 4ish-foot rolling swells. Since much of our travel was from south to north, the waves were often on our starboard beam, so we rocked … Continue reading Lumpy Lake Erie to Michigan

Vermillion, Ohio – Sweet Surprise!

It wasn’t our plan to go to Vermillion, Ohio. We planned to travel to Kelly’s Island, but Lake Erie had a different plan. After leaving Cleveland and being bounced and rolled by 4 to 5 foot whitecaps for a few hours, we had enough and decided to escape into this small lakefront town. Vermillion was … Continue reading Vermillion, Ohio – Sweet Surprise!

In Cleveland, R&R means “Rock N Roll.”

The day after Rhonda returned to the boat, Lake Erie was relatively flat, so we traveled a long 101 miles from Erie PA to Cleveland OH. By early afternoon we had tied up at the "Rock N Dock" located next door to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, enjoyed an good upscale Mexican lunch … Continue reading In Cleveland, R&R means “Rock N Roll.”

An Unexpected and Meaningful Moment

Early in the morning on Saturday we left Wolverine Park Marina in Erie, idled under the glass skybridge, past the Bicentennial Tower, and into the channel out to Lake Erie. Just before 8AM we passed the Erie Coast Guard station along the channel. We noticed a trio of uniformed Coast Guard service members standing quietly … Continue reading An Unexpected and Meaningful Moment

Hello, Great Lakes!

Today we boated in the rain through our last section of the Erie Canal, turned right at “Three Rivers”, and cruised the entire Oswego Canal north to the city of Oswego on the shores of Lake Ontario. Three Rivers Three Rivers: Erie Canal left, Oswego Canal right. Rhonda has become a pro using lines or … Continue reading Hello, Great Lakes!

Erie Canal – Yesterday and Today

The Erie Canal was built at a very high cost between 1817 and 1825. It crossed upstate New York between Albany and Buffalo, linking the Hudson River with Lake Erie. At the time it was the nation's largest artificial waterway and largest public works project. The Erie Canal connected New York City with the interior … Continue reading Erie Canal – Yesterday and Today

I’ve Got a Mule, Her Name is Sal

Rhonda here! Navigating on the Erie Canal has been an unexpected pleasure for this first mate! All I knew of this historic waterway was from a song I learned in elementary school about a guy and his mule named Sal who hauled barges along the Erie Canal back in the day. Maybe you know it … Continue reading I’ve Got a Mule, Her Name is Sal

New York, New York!!

R&R with Lady Liberty Excited to be entering New York City by water, we boated from Staten Island, under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, and into the New York harbor. We saw the Manhattan skyline grow minute by minute, met the Staten Island Ferry, and passed directly in front of the iconic Statue of Liberty. I … Continue reading New York, New York!!

Delaware Bay to Cape May

Greetings! Today we and many other boats left Delaware City Marina shortly after 0800 at high tide, idled along the long dock down the narrow creek, and entered the Delaware River. Rhonda tending to lines and fenders at D City Entering the Delaware River A pair of Ospreys occupying an ATON I had all the … Continue reading Delaware Bay to Cape May

Crossing the Delaware

Passing under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge George Washington did it on December 25, 1776. We did it too. That is, crossing the Delaware River. Today we traveled 75 miles from Annapolis, Maryland to Delaware City, Delaware. We saw many ships and crabbers. We cruised through the north end of the Chesapeake Bay, the Chesapeake & … Continue reading Crossing the Delaware

Herrington Harbor North: a lot to like!

Our dock neighbors in Portsmouth Virginia had told us that Herrington Harbour North was their favorite marina anywhere, so we were interested to see for ourselves. Though rainy weather prevented us from enjoying the amenities, we were impressed! R&R on M Dock at HHN HHN is well designed and beautifully maintained, with new finishes and … Continue reading Herrington Harbor North: a lot to like!