July 23, 2015

July 23, 2015  Day 33  New York Summer 2015
Free City Dock, north of Lock 7
Oswego, NY

Day four in Oswego. We are enjoying being here on the free wall and relaxing and continue to see the area.  The annual Harborfest officially begins tonight.

We joined twelve other boating friends and went to breakfast at the Oswego Tea Company. We all had a very good meal and were in good company. After breakfast we walked with Debbie & Henry (on Seventh Tenths) and Leslie & Doug (on Happy Clamz) to tour Fort Ontario, which dates back to the French & Indian War, Revolutionary War, and the War of 1812.  The current fort has been built over the ruins of earlier fortifications. 

Fort Ontario
Fort with Lake Ontario in the background
When we returned, we helped Colin and Dawn move their boat further north on the wall. They wanted to get under a low bridge today and then put the mast back up on their trawler. This will give them an earlier start tomorrow.  Some of the other boaters have moved further up by going through the lock and securing on the next wall.

Eight of us walked downtown to the popular Farmers Market which is held every Thursday from 4:30-8:00 pm. We stocked up on sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, snap peas, and blueberries.  From there we made a long walk to Breitbeck Park where many of Harborfest activities were held – live music, amusement park rides, food vendors, and more.  We had pulled pork sandwiches for dinner under a large food tent and listened to some of the music.  All this walking was taking its toll on us so we caught a bus back that was operating just for the festivities.

Ice cream for Colin and Dawn!
Colin and Dawn invited us back for a final evening on their boat.  They are leaving in the morning to continue the Canadian portion of their Great Loop.  We have immensely enjoyed the past three weeks we have spent with them and will miss them very much.