We were in such a hurry to get the mast on deck and make the
first locking that we forgot to take a picture of Lock 8. We purchased a
"Season Pass" so that we would not be rushed.
The canal system goes from Buffalo to the Hudson River at
Troy, NY. The Oswego branch starts in the middle with a series of
lifts to Lock 23. The lifts continue, you cross Lake Oneida and reach
maximum altitude between Locks 21 & 20. Then it's all descents to the
Lock 8 is deceptively simple with wide passage for vessels.
It's only part way along that you realize only a narrow
wall separates you from the rapids below on the starboard.
It's a very short run down the canal, but the open gates of
Lock 7 are a safe refuge from a disaster conjured by imagination.
With Lock 7 behind, things slow down a wee bit and you can
catch your breath.
As more Locks are negotiated, the distance and time
increases to the point that scenery can be appreciated. We kept
churning up the lifts and stopped at Lock 23 for the night.