Thursday, September 3, 2015

Look At Us, We're In the Buff!

Buffalo, NY
All you creepers out there just calm down, we're not running around in the nude. But we are in Buffalo, NY! Part of me doesn't quite believe that we've made it this far (I know we have a lot farther to go) but I'm pretty proud of the fact that we've gotten ourselves here. 1300 miles in the Great Lakes is not just one big walk in the park.

We managed to get to Buffalo on a Friday and had to wait until Monday to get our mast down. A spare couple of days gave us a great opportunity to check a little of the town out and make the quick drive to Niagara Falls with our friends from Mangoes, Marley and Mermaids.
One of the many things that we have in common with Mangoes, Marley and Mermaids is a love of craft breweries so, naturally, our first night in town found us at the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. Tasty beers and a fun deck to hang out on, yeah, that works for me.

After running around for parts and lumber, building the cradle and getting everything ready to have the mast taken down, we declared the next day to be Sunday Fun Day and made a little side trip to Niagara Falls. We parked on the US side and walked to the Canadian side via the pedestrian bridge, which was a first for all of us, not to mention it was faster than driving. The Canadian side is much prettier in my opinion, both the view of the falls and the surrounding area are far better than on the US side. Canadians know how to do up their green space, there is a big park next to the river and everywhere you look there are huge hanging flower baskets and well manicured flower displays bursting with color...a little more of a treat than the concrete jungle on the other side.
On the pedestrian walkway to Canada
Hoping we can get back into the US without a problem this time
Like a bunch of blue ants
Too matchy-matchy? Too bad, neither of us wanted to change

Who cares if we just had a beer elsewhere...
we couldn't pass up the Niagara Falls Brewery!
I was a little curious to see how getting back in the US would go. Not that I expected any issues really, I mean we are legally in the country (we're pretty sure) but you just never know. Or maybe that's just us. We sweet-talked the agent and he never even batted an eye at us...and we got out of there before they changed their minds.

What really brought us to Buffalo was the need to have our mast taken down. The Erie Canal has fixed bridges that we can't fit under with the mast up so down it must come. In order to do take it down we needed to build something on the boat that would hold the mast while we go down the canal. It's a good thing Ron is so handy, we had ourselves a nice, sturdy cradle for the mast in just a few hours (the profane language doesn't count, right?), the guy taking the mast down even commented on how "well-built" it was. I guess we don't have to worry so much about losing the mast on the canal then.
A fine misty morning for stepping the mast
We were there when our mast was put up when we brought the boat home, but this is our first time dropping it; an interesting experience to be sure, and a fine time to find some new (mast) wiring quirks you hadn't caught before, but all in all things went pretty smoothly.
The operation went pretty slickly thanks to the help of Jim from Mangoes, Marley and Mermaids. He came and helped Ron and the two marina workers get the mast down, things wouldn't have gone so well without his help. Plus, they got their mast down right after us and Ron was able to return the favor, win-win. I'm not sure how we're going to get along when it's just us again...having people to hang out with, grab lines and brainstorm with sure makes for a fun (and easier) time out here!
Stashed, lashed and ready to take on the Erie Canal!

4 comments:

  1. Sean Weeks @ gun lake miSeptember 3, 2015 at 7:41 AM

    Hi guys. It sounds like you guys are having so much fun. I don't know if you guys remember me but I was in Brandy Skelton class. Nice job on taking down the mast. Johny Blaze turned me on to your blog. Awsome job buy the way (blog). Susana and me where going to do the same thing hear in few years. So your blog really helps out. Keep up the great work and let the breeze be with you ! Sean Weeks

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    1. Hi Sean- Thanks for following along, glad the blog is helpful to you! Do you guys have a boat yet? If you have any questions about the process feel free to contact us, we'd be more than happy to tell you how/what we did. Best of luck in the prep...it's all worth it in the end! And if you get a blog or FB page set up let us know. Also- Ron does remember you ;)

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  2. The Buff...is also called "Flubalo" lol

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  3. Just catching up and reading your posts...cause I'm not really sure what you guys have been up to lately! ;) Our posts are eerily similar! Ha ha!

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