Nature and History


There are countless things I see in a day that amaze me, anything from kayaking up close to deer that seem to know I mean them no harm to numerous bald eagles daily. Each day on the Erie Canal is just as new as the last and is full of surprises. We have learned that this area of New York is rich in Mennonite communities and have seen them hoofing around town in there horse drawn carriages.
 
All of these instances have been the high points of most days but the one that ices the cake is the ruins of part of the original Erie Canal that is slowly but surely being taken back by nature. It was a true treat to find this not half a mile from our campsite and really started stirring ideas of the labor it took back in those days, not just to operate it but just building the canal was a feet in itself. No diesel powered earth movers, just a lot of shovels and hands to go with them. I felt a strong sense of guilt all that went into it because of how easy it has been for us to travel through this canal.
 
As I pull up to a lock I alert the lock master, via vhf radio, that I am requesting to go westbound and vualah! The gates open with a flick of the switch and away we go. Back then, not so simple. The wooden gates were opened manually by the tenants of that lock and most time the boats were pulled up the canal by mules. The history in this area is endless and I am just glad to be apart of it for a small period.
 
Having this great of a time is gloomed by the oncoming storm today. The world has a way of keeping me in check and to bring me back down to earth every once in a while. We stayed in Lyons New York last night and I awoke to happy birthday being sung to me by Caveman. I always use my birthday to reflect on where I have been and where I am going.
 
In the middle of writing this we had the pleasure of running into a local hero by the name of Bob Stopper. He interviewed us for the local Erie Canal blog and wished us the best of luck. “My initials are B.S. and I’m pretty good at it” the perfect last words from an interesting local that seems more than interested in promoting kayaking in this region. Now it is time to get in my dry suit and paddle in the rain. Happy birthday to me!

Kayaks Used

Looksha Series

The Looksha series is a family of outstanding sea touring kayaks with excellent tracking, performance, glide, and overall handling characteristics. The longer models are popular with multi-day sea kayakers, pro expedition kayakers, outdoor programs, and tour companies, while the shorter models (12-14) provide touring kayak characteristics with increased stability. The latter are popular for day tours and shorter overnights. Each Looksha is shaped and meticulously constructed with all-day comfort and enough room for all the gear a trip calls for. These models are long-time favorites in the San Juan Islands, Inside Passage, Coastal Maine and Nova Scotia where the ability to carry lots of gear, handle rough water and cover tons of miles effectively are highly valued. Read More