Houseboat on the Erie Canal and The Spouter Inn at Lincolnville Beach Near Camden, Maine
Bob Jensen at Trinity University

Happy New Year to Each and All of You

Our children live so far away that we celebrated Christmas 2013 with them on our July and August trips and Maria's Visit in September.
A long-standing tradition has been to celebrate Christmas day with our German friends named Gottwick.
This year we had Christmas day at the home of their daughter, Herta, who lives and skis in Crawford Notch ---

Our daylight hours are short this time of year, and
We did not want to cross the notch in the winter after dark.
So we spent the night in the Bernerhof Inn that is now under new management

Helene and Helmut Gottwick (he spent four years on U-boats during WW II)
Eventually they owned a motel on a lake near Whitefield until retiring in nearby Easton

Erika and Bob

This was great fun, and even the falling snow the next day when we returned home was not troublesome.
There's a difference between falling snow and a raging mountain blizzard.
There were some things I really liked about the Bernerhof, Inn but at those same prices
I would recommend the Mt. Washington Hotel at the other side of Crawford Notch ---

In 2013 our very close friends, Bob and Pat Every, who live about four miles down the road
piloted a houseboat down the Eire Canal ---

The Erie Canal system is 365 miles long, and spans from Albany, NY on the Hudson River to Buffalo, NY at Lake Erie. Finished in 1825, the Erie Canal first connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, making transportation of both goods and people much more efficient and economical. These days, May through November is when the canals truly come alive, abounding with recreational watercraft and houseboat vacationers.

Spotted along the canal system, you can find many marinas that provide a wide range of recreational services. At Mid-Lakes Erie Macedon Landing these activities include the ability to charter a canal boat. Charter one of these boats, and you've opened up doors to explore 19th-century canal towns, access via easily accessible ground transport to numerous wineries, drop off points which have waterfront restaurants and many other exciting locations found along the winding canals.

Only enhancing the wonder of the Erie Canal is the range of wildlife and wildlife parks that can be found speckled amongst the canal system. Whether you choose to visit the mighty Adirondacks or Niagara Falls before or after your canal boat charter, or the awe-inspiring Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge in Seneca Falls, these and thousands of other opportunities are waiting for you along the Erie Canal Network.

For complete Erie Canal houseboat pricing information, select Pricing/Rates.


Having owned a marina in Boston, Bob is an excellent helmsman with skills
beyond what is required to pilot a houseboat down the Erie Canal

Bob and Pat shared some of their pictures of this adventure with us, and
now I will share some of those pictures in this Web page

Erie Canal

First proposed in 1807, it was under construction from 1817 to 1825 when it officially opened on October 26, 1825. In a time when bulk goods were limited to pack animals (an eighth-ton [250 pounds (113 kg) maximum), and there were no steamships or railways, water was the most cost-effective way to ship bulk goods or significant tonnages of any kind going back to the earliest days of recorded history.

The canal was the first transportation system between the eastern seaboard (New York City) and the western interior (Great Lakes) of the United States that did not require portage. It was faster than carts pulled by draft animals, and cut transport costs by about 95%. The canal fostered a population surge in western New York State, opened regions farther west to settlement, and helped New York City become the chief US port. It was enlarged between 1834 and 1862. In 1918 the approximate western half of the canal was enlarged to partially become the New York State Barge Canal which ran parallel to the eastern half and forms its new eastern branch to the Hudson.

Today the Erie Canal is the cross-state east-west route of the New York State Canal System (formerly known as the New York State Barge Canal). In 2000 the United States Congress designated the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor to recognize the national significance of the canal system as the most successful and influential human-built waterway and one of the most important works of civil engineering and construction in North America.[4] Mainly used by recreational watercraft since the last large commercial ship (rather than boat), the Day Peckinpaugh in 1994, the canal has recently seen a recovery in commercial traffic

Old Erie Canal ---



For Christmas in July with daughter Lisl and son Marshall
we traditionally stay at the Spouter Inn on Lincolnville Beach near Camden, Maine


The Spouter Inn is across the road from the Ilesboror Ferry


A Japanese Maple at the Spouter Inn

This is the view of our favorite seafood restaurant
As seen from the front of the Spouter Inn

Camden Harbor gets crowded with boats in the summer

We had Christmas in August 2013 in Yuba City, California with big sons David and Mike

The Children and Grandchildren of California With Their Grandmother
Plus a David's Very Tall Adopted Gentle Giant


In September daughter Maria and Granddaughter Michelle visited here in New Hampshire
We took them to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont




Set 1 photographs of hotels near our cottage ---

Bpb Jensen's Maine Favorites ---

Bob Jensen's Vermont Favorites ---

More of Bob Jensen's Pictures and Stories

I see from my house by the side of the road
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife,
But I turn not away from their smiles and tears,
Both parts of an infinite plan-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.
Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)


On May 14, 2006 I retired from Trinity University after a long and wonderful career as an accounting professor in four universities. I was generously granted "Emeritus" status by the Trustees of Trinity University. My wife and I now live in a cottage in the White Mountains of New Hampshire ---

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