A Time for Change

March 7, 2012 by

Our live aboard and marine cruising lifestyle started in 1997.  We were 57 and 56 years old, filled with excitement and looking for adventures that stretched out over the very far away horizon.

Where we cruised.

Fifteen years and 50,000+ miles later  our heads and blogs carry wonderful memories of adventures enjoyed.  Looking forward we see a need to adjust our lifestyle as the once far away horizon is a bit closer.

Those thoughts led to our decision to list Odyssey for sale. The site has comprehensive inventory of Odyssey’s features.  Interested buyers may find Odyssey’s unique features stimulating their imagination about excitement and adventures along the waterways.

While we wait for the right buyer, our cruising adventures will continure.

To see Odyssey’s sales information click on:  Odyssey for sale

Lock 30

January 17, 2012 by

It was a surprise seeing bright work lights shining into Lock 30 on the Erie Canal as we drove by one night.  In December Lock 30 usually drained and dark for the winter. We had returned to enjoy the holidays with family and it was only by chance we’d driven by and noticed the bright light.  Curious we stopped by a few days later to see what was happening.

Summertie at Lock 30

Over the years Lock 30, being the closest lock to where we base Odyssey is the lock we have used most frequently both by locking through on Odyssey and passing by or across the gates by bike heading to Macedon from the canal pathway.

Seeing the lock fully drained with its normally underwater chambers exposed made it feel a bit dangerous.  I was surprised to see the lock tender and recognized him and he remembered Odyssey.  He proceeded to explain what was going on—answering most of my questions before I had a chance to ask.

Mounds of Zebra Mussels in the lock.

  • Lights at night were for safety since the lock was fully drained.
  • The mounds between to the water inlet/outlets at the bottom of the lock were zebra mussels. The zebra mussels had filtered out a significant amount of oil, gasoline, diesel, and other stuff from the canal water and are considered hazardous. They would be removed once a hazardous waste permit and disposal site was found.
  • The lock gate was getting new seals a normal maintenance item.

Lock gate and lock chamber drain exit.

Sail Furling

October 23, 2011 by

We arrived back in Washington, DC just as the Pride of Baltimore was finishing up her visit.  She’d spent 3 days offering deck tours and a chance to take (for a fee) a brief sails on a tall ship.  The sun had just set as the crew scrambled up the rigging and out on the yards to tightly furl the sails.

The crew furls the last sail.

Furling complete, the crew descends.

The next morning the Pride of Baltimore*, now just another large power boast with a very tall VHF antenna, started motoring down the Potomac.

 

*The Pride of Baltimore is classified as a Baltimore Clipper a topsail schooner.