Toronto: Day 2 & 3Vicki
2012/05/20, Queen's Quay
I really appreciated having Tania with on these first days of our traveling. Having her with increased my confidence in what we are up to, she made it feel do-able and not completely crazy. Tania was a lot of help in the Welland Canal and great fun in Toronto. She walked our butts off. We saw more of Toronto than we would have, by walking, subway, taxi and streetcar.
Toronto Day oneVicki
2012/05/18, Queen's Quay West
Okay, I love Toronto. We have hiked all over, saw the waterfront, the business district, condos galore, the funky Chinatown and University neighborhoods, the Art Gallery of Ontario and outside the government building. We ate at a wonderful vegan restaurant "Hibiscus". If I could cook food this good, I think I could be a vegan, at least six days of the week. The diversity is wonderful, and the open, friendly people are great. So many people on the streets!
Can't take Niagara River from Lake Eric to Lake Ontario, a little thing called Niagara Falls is an obstacle. The Welland Canal was built, in the 1800's to get ships across. There are 8 locks for a drop of about 300 feet. Once in the canal you are not allowed to stop, it is all about business. The big ships pass by quite close. One ship was loaded down and heading fast, the bow and stern waves were steep and close. We rode them out but almost lost our headway. After you flush down the first couple of locks it becomes less scary and by the final one you feel like a pro. I was glad to have Tania with, the women handled the lines and Paul kept the boat off the wall with a 2" x 4". It was only difficult when the wind would pick up.
Leaving the USAVicki
2012/05/15, Port Colborn
We left Buffalo and shortly thereafter were in Canadian waters. We registered in Canada, hoisted the Canadian flag, found an anchorage and had a great dinner. Thanks Jennifer for the great Thai buffalo dinner, and thanks to Karen and Mike for the champagne. Our first foreign port! We are in Port Colborne, at the southern end of the Welland Canal.
Niagara River travelsVicki
2012/05/13, on to Buffalo
Paul was ill so we had to leave a day later than planned, and when we did leave he rested most of the way and I had charge of the boat from North Tonawanda to Buffalo, about a three-hour trip. I think he has been working too hard and then got cold and wet at Niagara Falls. The trip to Buffalo was lovely, one canal lock and two raised bridges later we arrived at the Buffalo Yacht Club where we stayed two nights. More work on the boat, mostly getting things stored away and making the boat ship-shape. Tania, my daughter, joined us for a trip to Toronto.
The trauma of the return of the Budget Rental TruckVicki
2012/05/11, North Tonawanda
Okay, now our trip is beginning to feel real. Today we returned the truck. We had the Budget rental truck for 26 days. It did so much for us. We used it to bring furniture and items to various children and schools, used it to bring our junk to the Minneapolis transfer stations, used it to bring all our boat supplies to North Tonawanda, used it to store the boat supplies while we were working on the boat to keep the mess to a minimum, used it for the hot date night, for grocery shopping, for the never-ending trips to West Marine, and used it to go to Niagara Falls. We never did have to sleep in it, but that was always a possibility. Donald, our Budget guy here in North Tonawanda was great! And now it is gone, our last link to the land. Tomorrow we cut our dock lines and head for Buffalo.