The plan is to post a write-up and at least one photo each day on the main page. On this page, we will dump some other photos we like. The most recent images will be on the top.

Day Thirty-five

Cohoes Falls
Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River.


Lock 2
We saw many of the Erie Canal locks along our walk. This is No. 2, the last lock before the canal enters the Mohawk River and a few hundred yards later the Hudson River.


Erie sidewalk
A treat for us at the end was this brick map of the canal. We slowly worked our way east, reading out the names of towns and sites we’d visited the past five weeks. It was actually a somewhat somber and reflective end to our walk.


Day Twenty-eight


There was a time that many booming industries lined the Mohawk River in Little Falls, N.Y., shipping their products up and down the Erie Canal.
Rock climbing on Moss Island
A pair of rock climbers from Downstate New York said they skipped work for a day to practice their craft at Moss Island.
Marching along
Leah falls in line with a marching mural in the pedestrian tunnel underneath railroad tracks in Little Falls.



Day Twenty-seven

The color guard leads the Herkimer Memorial Day parade.


You can’t have a parade without a rhythm section.


And don’t forget the red, white and blue.



Day Twenty-two

Juxtaposition of history
I couldn’t resist the juxtaposition of these landmarks in Rome, N.Y. In the foreground is the reconstruction of Fort Stanwix, originally built in 1758. Behind it, in the center of the photo, is Saint Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, which I believe was built in 1871. The smaller tower, to the left, tops a building labeled “City Hall, Erected 1894.”
Sight for sore feet
We sometimes walk for miles hoping for a bench or suitable rock on which we can take a break. This park on the northwest corner of the canal and James Street in Rome was a welcomed sight. Now, had it only had rest rooms!


Day Twenty

Hurry up
Just thought this was interesting.


Old canal woes
Today we walked part of the old canal. That means trees are not removed from the water after they fall. In the background lies the remnants of an aqueduct that was used to carry the canal over an existing waterway.


Look familiar? Last summer, I took a photo from this bridge that became the central visual element for promotion leading up to our walk.


Day Seventeen

Repurposed canal
The stone walls originally lined the first Erie Canal. On this section in Jordan, N.Y., a beautiful landscape replaces the water.


Remnants of Lock 51
Remnant of Lock 51, between Weedsport and Jordan.


Trail view
A typical trail view, this one taken a few days ago between Palmyra and Newark.


Day Sixteen

The Four Freedoms
A mural entering Weedsport (named after the three Weed brothers).


Not a good sign
Found on an isolated country road … I don’t consider this a good sign.


Day Fifteen

Perhaps the smallest cemetery I’ve come across. The only headstone I could read was for Emma, wife of John D. Waterbury. She died at the age of 17 in 1864.



Horsing around
Someone got creative on this barn’s roof.



Day Fourteen

American Legion post in Lyons, NY
A tribute to those who served … located in front of the American Legion post in Lyons.


Angels in front
Two angels guard the front door of the Erie Mansion in Clyde, N.Y.


Not your typical mounted animal … but it fits right in at the Erie Mansion.


A beer you'll never forget
When it became apparent Mark couldn’t provide us breakfast in time for our Wednesday morning departure, he carried us to the Little Barrel Tuesday night for burgers and “a beer you’ll never forget.”


Red Room
Our host put us in the Red Room. This fully canopied bed was all decked out in the signature color … well, except for the mirrors. Maybe that’s why people see ghosts.


Day Eleven

Inspecting the grounds of the George Eastman home. From the left are Brian, Benjamin, Leah, Colt and Marketta.


Now, that’s a tombstone fitting for a geologist.


Day Ten

Lilac trees
One gets the impression lilac trees are a big deal around Rochester.
Sharon's Tree of Life
We came across this in or near Fairport Friday. I have no explanation, but the plate says, “Sharon’s Tree of Life 8-24-2014”


Day Nine

Gnarly, eh?
A detour — presumably for construction or damage — sent us venturing from the canal into Rochester. The payoff was this tribute to Clara Barton.
American goldfinch
We’ve often seen an American goldfinch like this one fluttering along the trail, but this was the first time one sat still long enough for me to shoot a photo.


Day Seven

Sign in Brockport
This is an original Ivory Soap sign painted on the side of the Bittersweet Store building in Brockport, N.Y. One article I read said it is perhaps the last original such sign and is one of the oldest original advertisements in the United States. In 1993, Proctor and Gamble paid to have it redone with new paint.



Any questions
Any questions?


Day Six

Tugboat DeWitt Clinton guides a barge down the Erie Canal approaching Brockport, N.Y. The name carries some significance. Clinton was governor of New York and considered largely responsible for the construction of the canal. Those who ridiculed the idea referred to it as “DeWitt’s Ditch.” By the way, the project was a huge success.


Brockport, N.Y., looks like a friendly place.


Day Five

We have seen some magnificent churches on our walk. Can you believe the stone spire on the First Presbyterian Church in Albion, N.Y.?


We’ve seen these a couple of times earlier, but it wasn’t until today that I could get close enough to zoom in for a photo. They  remind us of the yellow-bellied marmots we had seen out west. Come to find out, this groundhog is a type of marmot.




Day Four

This is a fairly typical lift bridge on the Erie Canal, this one located in Knowlesville. When a craft approaches, the entire bridge rises straight up. Ground traffic, of course, comes to a halt. However, the pedestrian lane is accessible by stairs on both ends, so foot traffic can actually cross while the bridge is up.


It surprises some to learn that upstate New York supports a lot of agriculture.
What do we do while walking several hours in the middle of nowhere? We talk about everything. For example, we came across this new, very nice dock. Now, these are not odd, but there was no house anywhere around. In fact, the land on that side was heavily wooded. So, we came up with several possible scenarios explaining the dock, knowing quite well we would never know the true story.



Sometimes we get lucky with a picnic table around lunch time. And a quick nap is always an excellent idea.


Day Three

Locks on the lock in Lockport
Locks at the lock in Lockport. I really need to find out if there is some deeper meaning to this custom.


Canada geese
Our passing by caused these Canada geese to enter the water with so much pomp and circumstance that I wondered if it might be the goslings’ first swim.


Canal view after flopping onto the grass
This is what the canal looks like when you’ve flopped onto the grass to take a break.


Day Two


Day One

Leaving the Niagara River.JPG
Where it begins … to the right, Tonawanda Creek forms the Erie Canal from the Niagara River, seen to the left.
How far
Here’s an encouraging sign … only 345 miles to Albany. Notice the signs warning to not loiter or even stop on the bridge. No, I do not know the story behind that.