He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.
(Psalm 18:19 NIV)
|Seneca Falls, NY|
I have been sending home postcards to myself for some memorabilia and diary of our trip. I sent a postcard with Elizabeth Cady Stanton on the front, with these words on the back: “Our boat was liberated from its dock…and then a man rescued our Intuition.”
Seneca Falls is not only known for being the birthplace of Women’s Rights, but also the possible setting that inspired Frank Capra’s, It’s a Wonderful Life film. I took a morning run over the bridge that sort of looks like the one George Bailey considered jumping off into the icy river. I found a path along the canal to run on and also some interesting sculptures.
That’s the bridge in the background.
After my run, we got ready to head back up the Cayuga-Seneca canal through Locks 3 and 2 again to enter Cayuga lake. We were looking forward to getting to the south point of the lake to visit Ithaca, NY and the campus of Cornell University.
Here’s a sequence of photos capturing the locking down process.
|Another boat entering the second lock connected
to the first one,
we are coming in behind them.
|Both of us waiting for the lockmaster
to let the water out.
|Leaving the second lock;
see the lockmaster up on the bridge way above us.
|Good-bye Seneca Falls!|
We sailed smoothly though the process of locking down the double lock. And were headed out when we saw, Hold Fast II, George and Jane’s boat and our rescuers of the night before stopped a few hundred feet from the lock. It looked like they were visiting with the boat that was locking through with us. They waved us up, and when we got to them, we found out it was our turn to rescue them.
Their engine was overheating. Their boat is 37 feet to our 25 feet, and roughly four times as heavy as our boat. We were like the little tugboat that could. We tied up side to side, stern to stern and bow to bow. We carefully got them back to the wall outside the lock, so they could troubleshoot their problem. We exchanged contact info and then we left them secured to the wall, and wonder how they fared.
Most likely we will see them again before the trip is over. They summer here around the lake and canal area, and were headed east, where we intend to be later this week.
For now we are taking a double night stay here in Ithaca. At the midpoint of the trip, it is always nice to have a whole day in port to recharge both the boat batteries and ourselves. Even though we love the water, it feels nice to be ashore for more than a few hours.