Monday, June 25, 2018

Last day in the USA, For a While



Pirate's Cove was the best place for us to stop and spend a few days sitting out the rain and doing marina things.  We were able to take the loaner car into town and shop at Target, Walmart and Wegmans.  We did some needed cleaning onboard Viridian and met several new Looper's at dock tails.  We were able to download the new updated maps for our Garmin Blue Chart Mobile app, a long awaited feature for our number one route planning tool.

Today we cast off headed for Oswego Marina, down the Oswego River and into the town of Oswego, NY.  All the locks were going down and there were seven of them.  For some reason there was no O-4 Lock but we went through locks O-1 to O-8.  The 24 mile trip was just as nice as the previous trips on the Erie Canal.  We have to say that this segment is one of our favorites.

After exiting Lock O-8, we docked along the fuel dock at Oswego Marina and topped off the tanks with diesel fuel and pumped out the holding tank.  Next we were assigned a slip in a 14 foot wide space and had to shoehorn Viridian into it.  Next we stepped the mast and rigged the Canadian courtesy and yellow quarantine flag for when we cross the Canadian border tomorrow on our way to Kingston, Ontario.  The crossing will be a straight shot north across Lake Ontario for about 53 miles.  A weather window will open tomorrow and we should have good conditions for a comfortable cruise before more weather moves through later this week.

That's the news and here's some views:

We are here

Today's Route from Pirate's Cove Marina, NY to Oswego Marina, NY on the Shores of Lake Ontario

It's What's for Breakfast!

Makeshift Flag Pole for Canadian Flag and Yellow Quarantine Flag.   This pole extends above the bimini when in use.

A Rude Welcome Mat (not our boat)

Last portion of the Erie Canal for us.  We soon turn north on the Oswego Canal.

Lock O-1 on the Oswego River, NY

Still Great Scenery



Nice Camp Spot

Lock O-2

Higgins Boat?

Lock O-3


 Sir Lock A Lot


Lock O-5 (No O-4)


Lock O-6

Lock O-6



Dam at Lock O-7

Lock O-7

Breast Line on the Pipe.  Best way to lock, Up or Down.

The Opening

Lock O-8

Lake Ontario in the distance

Tight quarters at Oswego Marina. Viridian's mast back where it belongs.

6 comments:

  1. George- what's the yellow quarantine flag for?

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    1. Katy,

      The yellow quarantine flag lets officials know that you haven't cleared customs yet. Once we make the call and answer a few questions, we get a number. We display that number in our windshield and take the yellow flag down. This number is our allows officials to verify our status etc.

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  2. I'm curious about the quarantine flag. Van you expand on that?

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    1. Alan,

      The yellow quarantine flag lets officials know that you haven't cleared customs yet. Once we make the call and answer a few questions, we get a number. We display that number in our windshield and take the yellow flag down. This number is our allows officials to verify our status etc.

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  3. I see that you still have some Sweet Life Honey Farm honey--what great publicity for Steve! I'll be sure to save a quart for you when you return in October.

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