On the Canal
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We stopped in the Visitor Center for Roscoe Village for only about ten minutes, long enough to decide that we would rather go on a canal boat ride than a 2 1/2 hour guided tour of the historic buildings in the town. We briefly wandered through the room next to the ticketing counter; here were hands-on crafts that you could purchase and complete for low fees.
About a half hour before our departure, we walked the path that led from the Visitor Center to the canal dock. We went across a parking lot, under a road, across a wooden bridge, under another tunnel, and up a hill. We bought our tickets and bug protectant wipes in the gift shop. We sat on the porch for a few minutes until the captain of the boat came over to tell us that it was time to board.
We walked the really short gangplank and then used the wipes to give ourselves some protection against the biting bugs (they still got us a little, Erin more than me). One of the guys hooked the horses up to the canalboat. A little push and we were on our way. Erin and I were the only passengers so we got a very personalized tour.
We were allowed to come up on very front of the boat which gave us a clear view of where the boat was heading. The canal was not very wide at this point but by the farthest point we would be in a lake/resevoir. Our guide gave the history of the canals on both a national scale and the local scale. He also explained what traffic along the canal was like.
The route didn't have any really exciting sights but it was a peaceful, relaxing journey.
When the boat turned around, we had to go back down to the main part of the boat so the tow rope didn't hit us but after that we returned to the front. Our guide was in the back with the other guide who was working the tiller. He was also very guide; we didn't hit the sides of the canal once not even when we turned around again in the tighter space back at the docking point. Erin and I noticed a branch with a long string that served as a hint for how far back our canalboat could safely go.
After walking back to the Visitor Center, we decided to go into the village and browse the shops. We wandered for maybe an hour; Erin found some wine products, I found little gifts for family. It was definitely a historical-looking town but we didn't linger too long. Forboreding clouds and the occasional thunderclap sent us back to the car.
We made it out of town without getting wet but would encounter heavy rain and hail during the drive home.