The weather could not have been more beautiful as we woke up in Ilion.

Morning in Ilion
Morning in Ilion

We slept in and Sam got a steak sandwich here at the restaurant before we left.

Restaurant at Ilion
Restaurant at Ilion

This spot in Ilion is a campground and a marina.

The dock master and the restaurant owner are both veterans and they proudly fly military flags along with the American flag.

Flags on Flag Day
Military Flags on Flag Day

Time to Get Out There

We took our time because we needed some rest. We have been traveling too many days in a row for me and we aren’t finished yet!

So we decided to make a short cruise on this beautiful day down to Utica, New York.

Heading down the Erie Canal
Heading down the Erie Canal
Heading down the Erie Canal
Rear view shot going down the Erie Canal

Only One Lock

We only had to go through one lock to get to our destination.

Several minutes before we came up on Lock 19, Sam called the lock master.

He told us that we would tie up on the starboard (right) side.

I said, “tell him I prefer the port side” and Sam just laughed.

We do what the lock master says!

So, I added a few more fenders to the starboard side and got ready.

Lock 19 in sight
Lock 19 in sight
Coming up to Lock 19
Coming up to Lock 19
Lock 19 Opening
Lock 19 Opening

After we got into the lock, a gold looper boat followed us in.

Of course, I was thrilled because that meant they knew what they were doing!

We are the weak link in this situation but we try to act like we know what we’re doing.

I mean we’ve already been through eighteen of these things!

The Gate Isn’t Opening!?!

After the lock has filled up, we see the lock master on the right side, flip some switches and pick up a remote to open the gate.

The right side of the gate slowly opens.

I let go of the rope that is keeping us on the side of the lock.

The left gate doesn’t move.

We can’t fit through there!

The lock master walks down the right side toward our boat.

I try to remain calm but if you have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know those chances are slim.

He yells out to me that we can go ahead and go through if we want to OR wait until he walks down the right side, across the top of the back gate of the lock, all the way down the left side and then triggers the remote.

WE WAIT!

Upon leaving, we notice the red and green markers unusually close together.

As we pass through them, we noticed a couple of tugs and a waterfall .

How cool is that?

Between Red and Green
Have to stay between the red and green markers
Tugs on the Side
Tugs on the Side
Waterfall
Waterfall

There We Were…

Minding our own business.

Enjoying the day.

Until, we spot it.

There’s a small tree/huge branch lying right in the middle of the canal.

We have seen logs and branches and twigs and debris in our path since we started.

Seeing anything this large was a surprise.

Fallen Tree Down

Sam, of course, expertly maneuvered around it.

That’s it.

That’s all the drama of the day.

We whipped around and tied up on the starboard side in front of the AquaVino restaurant.

It’s a fantastic Italian restaurant that you should really visit sometime.

We had a fun dinner with new friends and a very short night.

Gotta get back on the canal again.

Docked at AquaVino
Docked at AquaVino

Our Thoughts

Our Trip

Nebo Trip: Ilion, NY to Utica, NY
Nebo Trip: Ilion, NY to Utica, NY