As soon as I heard Lake Erie in conjunction with this trip,
I knew I absolutely must see the Erie Canal. . .up close and personal.
the nearest and best place to see it was Lockport New York,
located about 45 minutes from our RV Park in Niagara Falls. . .
and of course any time there’s a trolley tour. . .we gotta be on board. . .
$5 pp for a one hour tour. . .leaving from the visitor center. . .
what a great way to get an overall picture and learn some history to boot. . .
Now, sharing a lot of details is not really my blogging style. . .
however I was absolutely fascinated by the story of. . .
DOLOMITE – look at this stuff. . .an entire wall of it
and that’s only the beginning. . .there are miles and miles of this stuff. . .
I won’t even try to explain the Niagara Escarpment -
but when the idea of a waterway (Erie Canal) was conceived. . .
reaching from the Atlantic Ocean via the Hudson River to Lake Erie
this wall of rock needed to be gotten through. . .
I highly recommend you read much more of
the story of how it all happened at this website. . .The Erie Canal
anyway. . .to get back to why I was so intrigued by dolomite. . .or dolorock. . .
is that when they were digging and blasting the canal. . .the rock was free to the community. . .
you could have as much as you could haul. . .
so there were buildings, churches, homes of every shape and size built of the stuff. . .
and they were all really, really fascinating to me. . .I know. . .to each his own. . .right?
this is the “Flight of Five” the way the canal originally looked. . .
there are some excellent depictions and video clips if you click the link. . .
I wanted to see real canal boats operating on the canal. . .
but alas. . .this was the best that I could do. . .
we did get to see the locks in action. . .
and some boats passing through. . .
we enjoyed our day in Lockport and learning more about the Erie Canal,
and it’s importance in the History of Transportation as featured on the History Channel. . .
an added bonus to the day. . .in the First Presbytarian Church. . .
located directly across from the Visitor Center
was an entire collection of stained glass windows designed by Tiffany’s of New York. . .
no pictures could depict how glorious they were. . .
I hope if you ever visit Lockport, you will make it a point to enjoy the tour. . .
and as an absolutely perfect ending. . .we met Margery and Paul
in Niagara Falls for some pretty yummy mexican food. . .
I told Margery, that being a Texan. . .
eating mexican food away from “home” is always a bit dicey. . .
but it was a great choice. . .as you can see. . .
I’M the only one at the table with anything that looks the least bit healthy. . .HA!
too bad I look like a stroke victim in the picture. . .oh well. . .what’cha gonna do? LOL. . .
Til next time,
Janice and Dave