June 20, 2019 Gaines Marina, Rouses Point, NY 0 nautical miles.
44°59’31.4″N 73°21’40.6″W 44.992068, -73.361283 Elevation: 97 ft
Along the Way
Rainy day, bored and waiting for package deliveries.
Haircuts! Mary wanted a haircut! Dale needed a haircut and a bear trim. None of the local saloons had an opening for the next 2 days. Mary was challenged, as usual, by the thickness of the Dale’s hair. Dale was challenged by the length of Mary’s hair, or more really just challenged. For a while Mary’s hair cut looked like nursing home cut by one of the patients.
Dale didn’t like Mary’s haircut at first, but it’t growing on him.
The packages came! Dale got a replacement phone and Mary got a Google Fi sim card for Canada international calling. We spend the rest of the day trying to make to our phones functional. Dale is working …. Mary’s isn’t.
Hair is the second fastest growing tissue in
the body after bone marrow.
A healthy strand of hair can stretch an
additional 30% when it’s wet.
A strand of hair is stronger than a copper wire
with the same diameter.
Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams
in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each
head, and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two
The scientific name of grey hair is canities
Drolleries and Yuks
How does a barber give the Sun a haircut? Eclipse it.
June 19, 2019 Wednesday Valcour Island, NY to Gaines Marina, Rouses
Point, NY 24.0 nautical miles.
Elevation: 97 ft
Yup. We are back in spider land now that we are off saltwater.
I’m going to have to pull the spider sucker back out.
Along the Way
Lake Champlain has been pure glass for the past two days. This is the first day of wind. We’re traveling at 7 knots in 7 miles per hour wind.
The 45th parallel marks the border between Quebec and New York State/Vermont. If you follow the 45th parallel west to Lake Elmo, MN you’d just about hit our old house on 37th Street. Continue to follow it west to St Paul, MN and you’d be awfully close to Larpenture Avenue.
June 18, 2019 Tuesday Crown Point, NY to Valcour Island,
NY 45.2 nautical miles.
Elevation: 97 ft
Dale was good for two things before 10am, making toast and fixing
fuses on the chart plotter (not related). Really three things if you want to
count making coffee 😊 Thanks Dale.
Along the Way
The Adirondacks became even more spectacular after the Lake
Champlain Bridge. Neat little bumpy
mountains. I could see sitting in an
Adirondack chair and watching the world go by.
Burlington, VT – Lake Champlain is ~7 miles wide near Burlington
Adding this to Dale’s accolades for the day …. Dale had to change a fuel filter just as we were coming into Burlington. The port engine crapped out.
Burton snowboards HQ is in Burlington. We had to take pictures of the Burton store. (Jake’s wife Bre manages the Burton store in Minneapolis.) The store is in an old bank building. The Board Room is the old bank president’s office.
September 23, 1776 Benedict Arnold and his American fleet engaged the British feet just east of Valcour Island where we anchored. Arnold laid in wait on the west side the island for the larger British fleet to sail south. Surprise did not ensure victory and the British chased them down the lake to Fort Ticonderoga. With American fleet under the protection of Fort Ticonderoga the British retreated to Quebec.
We can hear the frogs singing.
Lake Champlain is home to the oldest known fossil reef in the world being 450-480 million years old, but there may still be a dinosaur in the lake. Champ is a mysterious creature, similar to the Loch Ness Monster, that many have claimed to see while on the lake. Descriptions of Champ vary, but most suggest a creature between 20 and 80 feet long, with a series of distinct humps and a serpentine body. It’s a is a mystery.
June 17, 2019 Saturday Whitehall City Dock, Whitehall, NY to Crown Point, NY (anchorage Chimney Point, VT side) 32.7 nautical miles.
44°02’02.0″N 73°25’00.3″W 44.033896, -73.416760 Elevation: 95 ft
The Whitehall City Dock had free showers. Now Dale and Mary can sneak up on each other without smelling the other approaching first.
Warning…. Your are going to get your history lesson today.
Along the Way
Walk about before pulling anchor.
Checking out our final lock. Looking at the Whitehall harbor from the top of Lock 12.
WOO WOO! Locked out! We are officially on Lake Champlain having completed all the U.S. Locks on our Loop, a grand total of 50.
Today’s run was gorgeous. It’s amazing looking at the Adirondack Montains from the water. The pictures might not give a sense of scale. They are enormous.
Fort Ticonderoga, formerly Fort Carillon, is a large 18th-century star fort built by the French at a narrows near the south end of Lake Champlain. The fort was of strategic importance during the 18th-century colonial conflicts between Great Britain and France, French and Indian Wars and again during the American Revolutionary War.
May 1775 during the American Revolutionary War Green Mountain Boys and other state militia under the command of Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold, captured the Fort from the British. The British recaptured it in June 1777. The British abandoned the fort after the failure of the Saratoga campaign, and it ceased to be of military value after 1781. After gaining independence, the United States allowed the fort to fall into ruin.
In 1785, the fort’s lands became the property of the state of New York.
The state donated the property to Columbia and Union colleges in 1803. The
colleges sold the property to William Ferris Pell in 1820.
Pell first used the property as a summer retreat. Completion of railroads
and canals connecting the area to New York City brought tourists to the area,
so he converted his summer house, known as The Pavilion, into a hotel to serve
the tourist trade.
🙁 I’m having some problems with my camera. Pictures are too dark.
We are currently anchor off Chimney Point, VT across the river from Crown Point, NY. There is the faint, lovely smell of cow manure is in the air.
The French and the British both built forts at this strategic
location on Lake Champlain. In 1734, the French built Fort St. Frederic, with a
huge four-story stone octagon, the walls of which were 12 feet thick and
cannons lined every floor. The Fort was repeatedly threatened by the British in
1755-58. In 1759, at risk of losing the fort to the British, the French
destroyed their own fort and retreated to Montreal. The British immediately
started work on their own fort, which was the largest British stronghold ever
constructed in North America.
Lake Champlain Facts and Figures: – Length: 120 miles – Width: 12 miles at its widest point – Size: 435 square miles of surface water – Depth: average depth is 64 feet but the deepest point is between Charlotte, VT and Essex, NY at 400 feet – Amount of Shoreline: 587 miles – Islands: 71 – Surface Elevation: 95 to 100 ft
provides drinking water for almost 200,000 people.
Lake Champlain is New York’s version of Lake Superior in as much it is glacier formed. At the peak of the Ice Age, Vermont was covered by glaciers. The retreating ice compressed the rocks and allowed the Atlantic Ocean to create an inlet into what is now New England and Eastern Canada. As water retreated and land started to rise Lake Champlain was formed.
The name “Ticonderoga” comes from the Iroquois word
tekontaró:ken, meaning “it is at the junction of two waterways”
June 16, 2019 Sunday to Whitehall, NY 46.8 nautical miles.
Elevation: 124 ft
What did the fish say when he swam into the wall? Dam.
We saw a lot of them. Almost every lock has a dam. We went through 8 locks today.
Along the Way
Lock 3 Mechanicville
Lock 3 has a lot of trouble keeping the baby ducks out of the lock. If they get caught in inside the lock master tries really hard to get them returned to the the correct level, but it’s not always possible.
Lock 4 Stillwater
Hitting current is like hitting pudding… speed drops
Racetrack, as in ‘Your so Vain’ by Carly Simon, is in Saratoga Springs which is
west of the battlefield about 12 miles as the crow files.
Lock 5 Northumberland
Lock 6 Fort Miller
Lock 7 Fort Edward
Eeeeew! This is the biggest spider I have seen! Dale and the Lockmaster agreed. He crawled out from under the rope I grabbed. (Mary’s hand in the below picture is at least 6 inches away from it)
Lock 8 Fort Edward – Last up lock – Elevation 140 feet
We were one of the two last boats lucky enough to make it through this lock and lock 9 today. They are being locked (shut down) for the next 3 weeks. Locks 8 and 9 hold the water at the same elevation of 140 feet. One of the culverts supplying water to this section of the Champlain Canal collapsed. Without the supply of water from the culvert the canal is too shallow for boat transit. We saw the water level at 6 feet where it should have been 9-12.
Lock 9 Smith’s Basin – Elevation 140 feet – Locks quit going up and start going down.
We asked the Lockmaster if he was responsible for cutting the grass on the lock property. He is. There is a lot of it. 2.5 acres and it takes him 6 hours to cut it. He can only use a 30 inch mower because that is the width of the walkway bridge he has to take the mower over.
Lock 10 … or lack there of. There is no Lock 10 on the Champlain Canal.
The other nearby locks were adjusted to provide the necessary lift. Rather than
renumber the lock numbers on the blueprints, which were hand drawn, the lock
number was simply omitted.
Foot hills of the Adirondacks. Looks like it could be the St Croix River in Minnesota.
Lock 11 Comstock. Stay left! The dam is on the right. There is NO guard chain/rope.
One more lock tomorrow morning and we will be on Lake Champlain!!! No more tight bridges
Tonight we are on the Whitehall Municipal Dock. Free dock. Free water. Free electricity.
June 15, 2019 Saturday Waterford, NY to Mechanicville, NY 8.2 nautical miles.
42°54’13.0″N 73°41’02.6″W 42.903621, -73.684067 Elevation: 52 ft
Along the Way
Start of the morning Red and Lorraine took us a safari to buy engine oil.
As long as we were out morbid Mary begged to see Uncle Sam’s grave. (She just can’t pass a graveyard). Off to see U.S!
U.S and his wife are buried in a really BIG beautiful, old cemetery. There must be half a mountain in tombstones here. What really caught Mary’s eye was all the relief stone work. (sculpted work which projects from the background surface, on which it is carved.) e.g. pop-up letters on the tomb stones, not carved in. All of the background surface had to be removed and smoothly flattened leaving only the letters or design.
We were sorry to see Red and Lorraine leave to go home about 2:00pm but we understood they had a six hour drive ahead of them.
Still unsure whether or not there was enough clearance for us to take the Champlain Canal we call the NY Canal system for advice. The Assistant Lock Superintendent of the Champlain Canal called us back! On a Saturday! He assured us all the bridges are currently 17.5 or higher. WOO WOO. Yes Dear is 16.9. We were on our way up the Champlain Canal in less than 45 minutes later.
Lock C1 – Waterville. This lock had the first female lock/dam master we’ve encountered on the loop.
Lock C2 – Mechanicville. This lock had the second female lock/dam master we’ve encountered on the loop.
What to our wondering eyes should appear? Canoe Ken! This time he has a woman with him.
Uncle Sam facts and figures:
More than four million copies of Flagg’s Uncle Sam poster were printed between 1917 and 1918.
The artist, James Montgomery Flagg, used his own image when drawing Uncle Sam.
Congress passed a resolution in 1961 that recognized Samuel Wilson as the inspiration for the symbol Uncle Sam.
The Champlain Canal is a 60-mile (97 km) canal that connects the south end of Lake Champlain to the Hudson River.
I just thought I’d toss a few out. It’s been a few days since I’ve talked nauti and I still have a pretty good list left in my vocabulary.
Keel hauling A severe naval punishment during the 15th and 16th centuries. The victim was dragged from one side of the boat to the other, under the bottom of the boat (keel). Tossed over one side and pulled up on the other, he was usually allowed to catch his breath before suddenly being hoisted overboard again. The Dutch were the first to use this as a common punishment, but it was later adopted with pirates and other navies of the world in the 15th and 16th century.
Keel hauling lost favour at the beginning of the 18th century, to be replaced by the cat-o-nine-tails.
Letting the Cat Out of the Bag This term comes from the old naval punishment of being whipped with a “cat o’ nine tails.” The whip was kept in a leather bag and when the sailors “let the Cat out of the bag” they had usually done something that would result in punishment.
June 14, 2019 Friday Waterford, NY 0 nautical miles.
42°47’17.3″N 73°40’49.4″W 42.788140, -73.680400 Elevation: 19 ft No more tides after passing through the lock yesterday!
Woo Woo! Hi to dear friends Red and Lorraine!
Along the Way
A quick walk to the Hannaford Supermarket and back before Red and Lorraine arrived. The grocery store allows dock people to bring their carts down to the dock and leave them. They come by once a week and pick them up. You need to be escorted out of parking lot by a store employee with an electronic key or the wheels lock up.
Checking out the Erie Canal boat traffic.
Off to explore Erie Canal Lock 2. First we had to cross the old, original Erie Canal and locks where boats were pulled by mules.
This a different perspective a lock than what we usually see from the boat.
One lone traveler. We nicknamed him Canoe Ken.
The Waterford Town Municipal dock showed Blazing Saddles on the the bridge wall once it was dark. Of course we had to go down and watch it … until it too cold to sit there.
And look who reappeared! Back down the lock to Waterford. Canoe Ken!
To haul one ton of goods from Buffalo to New York City prior to 1825 it cost upwards of $100. That number fell all the way to $10 once the Canal opened. In addition, the time to ship items from Albany to Buffalo was cut by a third, and what was once a two-week trip by stagecoach was shortened to five days. After only 9 years, the $7,143,789 cost to build the Erie Canal was paid off by its tolls.
June 13, 2019 Thursday Schodack Creek, near New Baltimore,
NY to Waterford, NY 45.8 nautical
42°47’17.3″N 73°40’49.4″W 42.788140, -73.680400 Elevation: 19 ft Tides: none! Tides ended with the Troy Federal Lock
Along the Way
We kept hearing boat ‘Table 4 Seven’ get reprimanded for his wake on VHF channel 16. We saw a boat screaming down the river towards us. It had to be ‘Table 4 Seven’ !
Troy Federal Lock and Dam. It has been so long since we’ve done a lock we were like rookies again. The biggest thing is that we forgot to put our life jackets on until we were just entering the lock. Dale brought it in with his usual skills. Tying up to the lock stumped us for a couple of seconds… no ballards, no dropped lines. We need to loop the lines around a vertical pole and slide them up the pole as the water level rose.
Tonight we are on the Waterford free dock wall just to the left of the boats with several other Looper boats. Docktails were at 5:30 on Looper boat PATRIOT. Thanks for hosting!
Albany, NY is the home
of modern toilet paper: Continuous roll perforated toilet paper around a cardboard
tube was developed in Albany in 1871 by Seth Wheeler. Individual square stacked
tissue had been used before then.
“Uncle Sam” Wilson was a meat packer in Troy, NY during the War of 1812. He stamped beef for the Army with his initials “U.S. Beef”. Later the caricature of Sam Wilson came to personify the United States. His grave is in Oakwood Cemetery.
In the state of New York there are lots place names suffixed with the word Kill. It sounds pretty vicious around here. Great Kills, Fishkill, Peekskill, Catskill, Spackenkill …
Kill Kill Kill … Origin: The word comes from the Middle Dutch kille, meaning “riverbed” or “water channel”. The term is used in areas of Dutch influence in the Delaware and Hudson Valleys and other areas of the former New Netherland colony of Dutch America to describe a strait, river, or arm of the sea
Towns of Great Kills, Fishkill, Peekskill, Catskill, Spackenkill … are along a body of water.
June 12, 2019 Wednesday Poughkeepsie Yacht Club, Poughkeepsie,
NY to Schodack Creek, near New Baltimore, NY
42.1 nautical miles.
42°26’05.9″N 73°46’25.7″W 42.434970, -73.773811 Elevation: 0 ft Tides: 1.5 ft
Today was the kind of day we dreamed about when we first started planning our Loop. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery and just putting along at 6-7 knots.
Along the Way
The Hudson is a mighty river.
Rip Van Winkle Bridge work at Catskill, NY
Estate – Home of Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson
River school of landscape painting. The house is a mixture of Victorian,
Persian and Morrish styles.
The Kingston area was once known as Esopus; the name of an Indian tribe and was one of the primary communities in New Netherland. The British took over the Dutch colony and changed the name to Kingston in 1664. It became the first capital of the state of New York in 1777. The British burned it to the ground later than year.
Why is it called a lighthouse when it weighs so much?
June 11, 2019 Tuesday Poughkeepsie
Yacht Club, Poughkeepsie, NY 0 nautical miles.
Elevation: 0 ft Tides: 3 ft
Along the Way
deal. We used our senior citizen National Park Senior Passes to get into the Franklin
Delano Roosevelt National Park today.
The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) building was originally a Jesuit Seminary. Interestingly, the chapel is now the student dining room. (No pictures are allowed in the academic areas.)
Our incredible meal was followed by a “Table-Side Ice Cream & Voyage Treats”. Homemade, nitro hand-cranked mango ice cream, to die for pineapple upside down vanilla custard, Caramelized Puff Pastry Palmier (elephant ears that looked more like bunny ears) and some sort of mini fruit beverage.
We’ve been living large. The diet starts tomorrow (until we get to Canada for butter tarts).
FDR’s car had a custom litcigarette dispenser! HA! He also smoked using a long cigarette holder because his doctor told him to stay as far away from cigarettes as possible. The cigarette holder wasn’t what the doctor meant.
It is believed that FDR caught polio, age 39, while visiting a Boy Scout Camp. He started to become ill two days after the visit. Four Boy Scouts were later diagnosed with polio.
The Culinary Institute has intercollegiate athletics.
Down the rabbit hole…
A chef is responsible for the soul of the food. I didn’t realize there were so many kinds of chef.
executive chef – head honcho
sous chef – executive chef’s #1
chefs de partie – chef in charge of a particular area or station -boucher (butcher) chef -poissonnier (fish) chef -friturier (fry) chef -grillardin (grill) chef -garde manger (pantry) chef -pâtissier (pastry) chef -rotisseur (roast) chef -chef de tournant (roundsman) -saucier (sauté) chef -entremetier (vegetable) chef
commis chef – junior chef working under a chef de partie to learn a specific station
kitchen porter (kitchen assistant) – basic food preparation such as washing salad and peeling potatoes, in addition to basic cleaning duties
escuelerie* (dishwasher)- keeper of dishes HA! Even the person responsible for washing dishes and cutlery gets a fancy title! * Escuelerie derives from the word ‘scullery’, a small room adjoining a kitchen, in which dishwashing and other kitchen chores are done.