July 16, 2015

July 16, 2015  Day 26  New York Summer 2015
Little Falls Canal Harbor
Little Falls, NY

The guillotine door on lock E-17

We love the beauty of the Mohawk River
Day three of our trip on the Erie Canal was a busy one.  We left Canajoharie just before eight this morning to catch the E-14 lock opening.  It was just an 8 ft. rise and did not take long to transit.  We went through lock E-15 thirty minutes later. Then we stopped at the St. Johnsville Marina for fuel.  It was too early in the day to stay there so we continued on to lock E-16 which raised us 20 feet.  We reached lock E-17 at noon.  This lock is the largest on the Erie with a 40 foot lift. The guillotine door makes this lock unique also.  We had to wait on a sailboat to catch up before we could transit the lock.  They are doing some maintenance on the lock and are grouping boats together.

Right after we exited the lock we arrived at Little Falls and docked at the Little Falls Canal Harbor. This is a small but very nice facility with friendly and helpful staff.

Bill on locking duty
Dinner at Canal Side Inn with Dawn and Colin
Joyce and Dawn with our new friend Al, age 100!
We went to dinner with Colin and Dawn at the Canal Side Inn, which is a very nice French restaurant in Little Falls.  We had eaten here several years ago on a road trip and remembered how much we enjoyed it.  We appreciated the marina staff driving us both ways to the restaurant!  Our timing was also good because a music concert was being held in the park near the restaurant so we watched some of it after dinner.  There were also star gazers out with their telescopes and other apparatus. We were especially charmed by Al, a local gentleman who is 100 years old!  He is quite knowledgeable, still drives his car, and was just delightful.

Little Falls has been a good stop and it would be easy to stay longer, but we will leave again in the morning and travel to Rome, NY.