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Welcomed in Westport

by Tom Larsen October 6, 2011 We returned to Westport this year for the third time.  It’s a great place to stop, due to the always warm hospitality and wonderful scenery.  Our hosts, the Carroll family who owns and operates Westport Marina, couldn’t have been more gracious.  Despite this spring of record high water leaving …

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Port Henry

by Matt Witten October 3, 2011 Port Henry, former home of blast furnaces, dock wallopers, and most recently, of the Champlain Bridge’s new arch. Port Henry’s massive concrete jetty makes an easy target for docking, and sheltered both the Lois and our companion, the historic New York State Tugboat Urger, from the north waves. The …

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Schuylerville

by Steve Pfanenstiel September 28, 2011 It was the best of times.  In looking back on our time in Schuylerville, docked at the Hudson Crossing Park, I think we had a great experience.  The community really embraced us; from the welcome BBQ on Monday night, to the constant deliveries of ice, food (especially the apple …

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Fort Edward

by Art Cohn September 23, 2011 We left Mechanicville and headed north to Fort Edward now confident in our ability to combine the Urger and Lois school programs. Fort Edward is one of those important junction points where the cliché about “location, location, location” is well illustrated. Its position on the upper Hudson River and …

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Whitehall

by Tom Larsen September 6, 2011 The trip from Shoreham to Whitehall was an experience in opposites.  The weather threatened to be seriously stormy the whole trip, but despite this we saw some of the most variety of birds so far in the season – osprey, cormorants, bald eagles, kingfishers, the ever present gulls.  Signs …

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Coming home to Shoreham

by Art Cohn Shoreham, the beautiful town of rolling hills, orchards and farms was another great destination for our Farm, Forest and Fishery Tour. Having ridden out Hurricane Irene at anchor in Vergennes, we left Otter Creek on a swift current and headed for Shoreham.  The YouTube video of this is well worth the watch.  …

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Past and Present Meet on the Lois McClure in Shoreham

by Dawn Saunders September 3, 2011 My experiences with Otter Creek have, up to now, been limited to kayaking and canoeing the placid and lightly traveled waterway between Cornwall and Middlebury, far above the falls.  Those paddles have always recharged me, providing in certain bends away from fields and roads a sense of near-instant transportation …

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Hurricane Watch

by Tom Larsen August 28, 2011 Leaving Essex early in the morning, we were graced with glorious weather that would allow us to make our final preparations for hurricane Irene.  The trip from Essex to Vergennes was a short 12 mile transit.  Seven of those miles were up the Otter Creek, which is always a …

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History Comes Alive in Essex

by Tom Larsen August 24, 2011 We left Plattsburgh heading into a strong south wind, slowing our progress considerably.  Traveling with the Lois has given me a greater appreciation for the patience and pace of the 1800s.  Thankfully, we are able to stick to our schedule with the help of the C.L. Churchill.  Essex appeared …

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Ice Cream Adventures

by Isaac Parker August 21, 2011 Shortly after arriving at Plattsburgh, a good portion of the crew left to go back to LCMM for the 18th Century Crafts and Trades event.  The rest of us prepared the boat for its weekend open to the public.  After dinner, Ship, Tom and I decided to go find …

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