3 summers back another couple, the wife and I, picked up a Monk 42 from Hansen's Marina in Penetang, took it thru the Trent-Severn to Trenton, across to New York
and down the Hudson
. First 2 weeks in June, before the summer rush and the black flies. It was one of the most satisfying periods on a boat that I have ever had. The area around Bobcageon is absolutely beautiful and the Big Chute and Peterborough lift
lock are marvels of engineering.
When we stopped at Peterborough for the night we were given an end birth on a pier on which there was a great Friday night party in swing, halfway along the floats. Knowing how Canadians love beer
I hooked 3 beers between fingers on each hand, strolled to the party and said "I am paying the toll to get thru". Needless to say It was hours before we left the party and got back to the boat. The amazing thing was that 4 of the people we met had worked here in Bermuda
, and we shared many mutual friends. One of my fondest occasions.