Roger, Maggie, & Camden - U.S. & Canada 2012 travel blog

We originally planned to spend a few days in Kingston, on Lake Ontario where the St. Lawrence River enters the Great Lakes. As it turned out it was a weekend and there were some boating activities going on all over the area so we couldn't find a Marina with available slips. We needed a marina because we couldn't anchor due to the inability to catch our hook fast into the silt. So we decided to make our 50ish mile crossing of the northeast tip of Lake Ontario. The day was calm and we thought it would be a comfortable crossing because the waves were supposed to be less than 3 feet. It turned out to be a tiring 3-4 hours of rocking and rolling before the lake calmed down closer to Oswego NY.

Camden got sick a couple times and needed to be held to comfort her. Maggie doesn't like the rolly-poley rides and said she doesn't want to cruise the Great Lakes next year if this is the kind of ride we will have all the time. Our boat, Dande Girl doesn't do well in rougher seas and does a lot of bouncing and plunging. Roger tried to keep the peace and did all the dirty work of handling the boat in difficult seas. Finally he said he's glad we did this trip but he really misses Maine - where his heart is. We probably won't go back to Canada next year to see the things we missed... and that's a lot.

We still have a few weeks and a few locks to go in the Erie Canal.

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