|Dave Baker's boat.|
|Pip, fashionably attired in her life preserver, is ready for a Big Adventure.|
At the marina, we hopped into the boat and waited for Dave's friends to come. Before long, they had arrived. The companions for the journey were Doug and Sandra (a married couple) and Charlie. We listened to the weather report and discussed the pros and cons of proceeding with our adventures. The cons were: it might rain!!! The pros were: there is a roof on the boat. There is no small craft advisory. No storms are predicted, just spotty showers. We took a vote, and, to my glee, the "yes" vote won.
|near the foot of Hertel Avenue in Buffalo|
|park in North Buffalo (maybe Riverside?)|
|the city is up there.|
|water tower for... I think... Town of Tonawanda|
|Industrial area in the Town of Tonawanda.|
|Loads of parked boats.|
|another view of the parked boats.|
It didn't take long before we were intercepted by a Boat Cop. We thought that we were about to be Boarded and Inspected, which I thought would be entertaining, but the others in the boat just thought would be irritating. Instead, the Boat Cop simply wanted us to move over because there was a boat race and us being in the way would be a Safety Hazard. We happily moved over. The boat race consisted of smaller boats with motors traveling at high rates of speed. I wondered if the folks in the racing boat got soaking wet. I never found out, as there was no way to ask questions of folks in speeding boats.
|These are the Boat Cops,who steered us away from the race.|
|Traveling under the bridges between Tonawanda and Grand Island.|
|the East River, a view of Grand Island.|
|the bridge from a distance.|
|the Tonawanda side of the river.|
|a big structure in Tonawanda.|
|Smith Boys marina|
|a closer view of the marina|
|here is some border security.|
|Border Patrol protects us from... um...|
|Life on the water.|
|A dog's eye view of a river journey|
|There are bears in the boat!|
|Bears in prime seating.|
|Alice and bears at the captain's chair.|
|Grand Island looking very green.|
|the bridges that connect Grand Island to Niagara Falls.|
|West River Road, Grand Island|
|another view of the west side of Grand Island.|
|Dave Baker, captain of the boat|
|Back in Buffalo|
|Returning to the marina.|
|Here it is, the marina.|
And standing on two countries at the same time gave me the same feeling.
We passed Riverside-Salem United Church of Christ/Disciples of Christ environmental chapel, where people were, at that moment, working on firming up the floor of the the straw bale house. Dave suggested that we stop to work at that project. The suggestion was offered with some laughter so we ate lunch, instead of docking. We continued on our way and, eventually, passed Beaver Island State Park before heading back to the City of Buffalo. We returned to the boat's home marina and Dave parked the boat, ending the adventure. It took us close to four hours. For sure, it is slower than driving a car and faster that walking. Since there was no hurry, the slow pace of the trip was quite delightful. I enjoyed seeing my community from that perspective.
I am very grateful to Dave for inviting me on the journey and to the other sailors, Sandra, Doug, and Charlie, as well as Pip, a Dog at Sea.