Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4th

I called the lock tender at lock #24 to ask permission to enter the lock at 8:00 am.  He said to give him a few minutes to fill the lock and shortly the red light turned green in front of the lock.  Now that's service!  Our plans for the day are to continue through lock #23 and fuel up at one of the 3 marinas just before the town of Brewerton and check the winds before preceding across lake Oneida. 

We stopped at Winter Harbor Marina to get diesel.  Their fuel dock was easily accessible since it ran parallel with the canal unlike the Mid-Lake marina....don't think we'll stop there again.  LOL  It was kind of eerie because no one was around this marina.  It supposedly is open 24 hours and has self serve pumps.  Also self serve tomato plants!!  We tied up, fueled, and took off toward Lake Oneida.  However since the winds were blowing 15 kts with stronger gusts,  Chuck and I decided that we were going to stay in Brewerton for the afternoon. 

Over all a beautiful windy day!
Arriving at noon, we tied up at the south wall after only traveling for 4 hours!  We figured it was better to be safe than sorry especially since we didn't know that lake. Of course there were no amenities at all and there wasn't much to the town.  We walked around and after about 5 blocks found a McDonalds, Dollar General and a drugstore.  We were hoping we weren't going to have to stay a second day!!

Noisy Railroad Trestle in background
Lake on other side of bridge.

FYI......Lake Oneida is 22 miles from west to east and shallow so it kicks up quickly.  When the winds are strong, the east side of the lake can have 6 foot waves.  We didn't want to chance those conditions with our mast and boom strapped to the three crutches on the deck of the boat. 

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