Fairport had been touted as one of the favorite stops on the Erie Canal. It was a nice stop – we were a little disappointed that all the buildings right at the city dock were all new structures, rather than the older, redone buildings as in other ports. They were very nice and attractive – just not the old architecture that we enjoy! The dock master met us and gave us a welcome packet with all kinds of information. One very welcome item in the welcome bag was a book from the book resale shop! Always welcome! He also gave us valuable advice – “See that ice cream store over there? Don’t get anything larger than a kiddy scoop!” He was right – the kiddy scoop was huge!
We went looking for the small specialty grocery store near the dock, and Dan made a very nice discovery – a tool resale place! He was practically drooling – they were closed, but some fellows were inside working. They said Dan could buy something if he had exact change. He managed to spend $20….if we had not been on the boat, he could have really dropped some change. The next day, Dan went there looking for two large pipe wrenches for a 10 minute job. They were only about $20 total. When the guy heard he only needed them for 10 minutes, though, he told Dan to take them and return them the next day – pretty cool.
The specialty grocery store had some nice offerings, for example some locally made pierogi and ravioli!
We met a solo looper, Mick Anderson, on the Phantom, that first day. He pulled in later that day. We enjoyed visiting with him – he is on his third complete loop SOLO! Amazing. He is headed the same direction as us, but is in a bit of a hurry to get to Naples, Florida this season, where he has a business restoring yachts. He travels slower than us, at about 5 knots, but he just keeps moving – he was there one night, then moved along. We will see him again.
|rowers in the canal|
|can't get enough of this sunset!|
|more magical sunset!|
|we thought it was quite humorous to put two exit signs on an entirely open patio!|
|Kittiwake at the dock in Fairport|
|nice older home|
|old filling station, now the Fairport Brewing company!|
|old mansion, now gorgeous restaurant!!|
|three Michigan couples at dinner!|
|views from inside the mansion/restaurant|
|morning visitors in Fairport|
|the bridge in Fairport|
|another morning visitor|
|everything looks prettier in the sunset!|
|not sure what this smoke stack was for, but it makes for an interesting picture!|
|some of the newer construction around the dock|
|one of my favorite shots in Fairport|
|this guy had bought the boat, motor, and trailer for $1,200! getting it ready to take wife for ride!|