This weekend I did a little exploring of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario areas. The water levels have been rising in the Great Lakes, and I was curious to see the flooding in Olcott, NY. Krull Park, always a favorite of mine, is shut down for the summer due to the flooding. The beach is almost non-existent. The gates to the beach were closed, but you could still look down and see only about a foot or two of exposed rocks. On a good day, Lake Ontario looks almost like the Atlantic Ocean, but now it’s waters are a muddy brown for at least two miles out from the shore.
A few of the homes by the yacht club were majorly flooded and packed with sandbags that seemed somewhat useless at this point. The homes higher up on the bluff were safe, but even there you can notice the 31 inch height difference of the water. The bridge that overlooks the yacht club is one of my favorite fews in that town. Despite the recent flood chaos, it was nice to see boats in their slips at the marina. Just because the beach is closed, doesn’t mean boaters still shouldn’t enjoy their summer.
The scenes around Lake Erie were a bit more calm and serene. I love sitting on the rocks along Gallagher Beach and the Outer Harbor. It gives Buffalo a bit of that Maine coastline vibe. Yesterday marked opening day for the sailing season with Buffalo Harbor Sailing Club. It felt so good to set foot on a boat again. Although I felt rusty, it still feels like I am where I should be. After setting up, we made it halfway out of the harbor for the Shakedown Race before the commodores cancelled the race due to no wind and incoming storms. Boo. Luckily, I will be racing every Tuesday night and photographing races on Wednesday nights, so this cancellation doesn’t hinder my boat time at all. Here’s hoping the weather holds out for the next few days.
Top – OAFA Clothing (A Buffalo based company!!)
Jeans – Mango
Sandals – Target