Saturday, May 23, 2020

Warners Park to Erie Canal





Lisa Saunders

Nine-Mile Creek Aqueduct on Erie Canal

Man walks narrow ledge of aqueduct with his bike. 

Visit the Erie Canal Park in Camillus

Here I am at the Erie Canal Park in Camillus, a great place to stop for its outdoor exhibits and proximity to the restored aqueduct. Park info: http://www.eriecanalcamillus.com/

Potential tourists to our area are asking me about our slow, weekly trek along different parts of the Old Erie Canal so they can plan their trip. Since we only want to walk about two to four miles a day, at most we go a few miles out then return to our car. Therefore, we are concerned about nearby parking and if we will find benches for resting and port-o-johns along the way. For more information on the Erie Canal and how to plan to bicycle/walk the trail, see this interactive map: https://www.ptny.org/cycle-the-erie-canal/trail-map

Soon, I will post images and comments highlighting the following. In regard to the Erie Canal Park in Camillus, we found: 

Parking: Available at the museum.

Bathrooms: None when we were there because the museum was closed.

Benches: Plenty along our trek heading east and west. 

Restaurants: None in walking distance.

Lodging: None in walking distance.


Map of Erie Canal Park in Camillus section:


To get you in the mood the traverse the Erie Canal, hear the following classic Erie Canal song New York children learn in elementary school about a driver and his mule named Sal. I love the vintage postcards and unique movements used in this version: https://youtu.be/gIIM1mHfJ0U





Friday, May 22, 2020

Embarking on the Erie Canal of Upstate New York by Foot


Having moved with my husband Jim to Baldwinsville, New York, in December 2019 means we've left the Mystic Seafarer's Trail to embark on a new trail--the Erie Canal. Here I stand at the sign welcoming boaters coming from the Buffalo direction to Lock 24 where their crafts will be lowered to the next leg of their journey heading toward Albany. Here is a drone look at the village and inside Lock 24. Here is a great little video of life, past and present, at Lock 24, the second busiest lock on the canal. 

Why is the Erie Canal Interesting?

The Erie Canal Changed the Course of America History!

"The U.S. Congress recognized the Erie Canal’s significance to our nation by establishing the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in 2000. The Corridor stretches 524 miles across the full expanse of upstate New York, from Buffalo to Albany and north along the Champlain Canal to Whitehall. It threads 234 diverse communities connected by a waterway that changed not just the landscape of our state, but also our nation and its history." Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor: https://eriecanalway.org/learn/history-culture



In our area, a great place to start your trek along the Old Erie Canal is the Camillus Erie Canal Park.  See: http://www.eriecanalcamillus.com/

See more posts to learn more about why the Erie Canal is so cool! 










Sunday, April 26, 2020

Books and Speaker Topics by Lisa Saunders

1.      Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife (Heritage Books, 2004): Civil War love letters of the New York 9th Heavy Artillery reveal war's ever-present threat of death, scandals and infidelities. Includes the court-marshaling of a cow. Also a one-act "reader's theater".
2.      Shays' Rebellion: The Hanging of Co-Leader Captain Henry Gale (2013): The dramatic events leading up to the noose around Gale’s neck. He is buried in upstate New  York. 
3.      Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator (2013): A chubby city girl leaves the elevators and bullies of her apartment complex for her grandparents’ farm. Facing her fear of horses and outhouses, she finds a skinny friend who likes her just the way she is. Featured in Cornell University's "Horse Book in a Bucket" program.

4.      Mystic: Images of Modern America (Arcadia Publishing, 2016): The book of 164 images shows the evolution of Mystic, Connecticut, from a working-class village into a tourist driven community, while still embracing its quaint New England charm and keeping its rich history alive. Many of the images are in color and range from the year 1954 (Mystic's 300th birthday) through today. Co-authored with Kent & Meredith Fuller.
5.      After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child (Act II Publications, LLC, 2016): Examines the bittersweet human condition of love and loss of 18 famous widow/ers including George Palmer Putnam (Amelia Earhart’s widower), Mark Twain, C.S. Lewis, Martha Washington, Katharine Graham (ofThe Washington Post), Norman Rockwell, George Burns, Mary Todd Lincoln, Grandma Moses, Milton Hershey (Hershey's Kisses), Coretta Scott King, Captain von Trapp (of The Sound of Music), Hetty Green (world's greatest miser), William Gillette (aka Sherlock Holmes), Frances Wolfe Sisson (widow of Mystic, Connecticut, sea captain who perished in one of Texas’s worst maritime disasters), and Abby Day Slocomb (widow behind Connecticut State flag design sent recently opened time capsule from Europe during WWI).
6.      Mystic Seafarer's Trail: Secrets behind the 7 Wonders, Titanic's Shoes, Captain Sisson's Gold, and Amelia Earhart's Wedding (2012). 
7.      Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale (2016): When a young girl can't remember how to set the table, her grandmother teaches her to listen to the silverware. Will the dish really run away with the spoon?  
8.      Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with CMV (Unlimited Publishing, 2008: The true story of a homeless old dog and the little girl who needed him. (Japan: Thousand Books, 2017)
9.      Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter’s Tale (2013): a tender fairytale for all ages about the process of healing after the death of a loved one.
10.    Lisa's Guide for Writers (2013): Includes writing exercises and how to get published--even if you're not thin and famous!
11.    Help Childcare Providers Fight CMV(2018): A workbook for child care directors and policy makers.



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  1.  Mystic Seafarer's Trail: One woman's quest for high seas adventure, easy fame, and a place to call home. A sedentary writer embarks on a long, winter voyage with a blind sailor. Includes secrets behind Amelia Earhart's Noank wedding.
  2. Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus)--The true story of a homeless old dog and the little girl who needed him
  3. Shays' Rebellion: The Hanging of Co-Leader Captain Henry Gale--dramatic events leading up to the noose around his neck.
  4. Ride a Horse, Not an Elevator (children's novel)-- A chubby city girl leaves the elevators and bullies of her apartment complex for her grandparents’ farm. Facing her fear of horses and outhouses, she finds a skinny friend who likes her just the way she is.
  5. Ever True: A Union Private and His Wife--True Civil War love letters reveal war's ever-present threat of death, scandals and infidelities. Includes the court-marshaling of a cow.
  6.  Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale-- a tender fairytale for all ages about the process of healing after the death of a loved one. (A free e-book at: Surviving Loss: The Woodcutter's Tale)
  7.  Lisa's Guide for Writers (How to get published--even if you're not thin and famous!)
  8. Mystic: Images of Modern America
  9. Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale
  10. After the Loss of a Spouse: From Henry VIII to Julia Child--the bittersweet human condition of love and loss is examined in this collection of 18 famous (and infamous) figures. Anyone who loves a romantic history lesson will be intrigued by this book.  

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