A New Landscape!

The second weekend’s work of Adopt a Trail volunteers has made a huge impression on the Oxbow landscape.


Walkers will see huge piles of brush and branches, as the shoreline is cleared to expose the view. After over a year of neglect, the overgrown trail is beginning to show spectacular views.


fishing boat

There was a tremendous infestation of Oriental Bittersweet vines. Locust saplings have sent out suckers in all directions, and brambles (nasty prickly plants that yield little fruit) are everywhere. All of these have been removed and with regular maintenance, they will be kept at bay.

Doug and Sandy Kucmerowski traveled in from Brockport to help us again. They own about 400 feet of canal shoreline property, living under a canal embankment, and have an ongoing leak, so are passionate about seeing the canal being brought up to standard. They cleared the area by the stream of brush and ragweed, and moved the huge plastic tubes that once were the bridge.IMG_0203.jpg

Here’s Doug with his weed whacker and hedge trimmer attachment. This thing kicks butt!



Who’s this cool dude? None other than our Eagle Scout.



Volunteer’s kids kids paid a visit, spent some time on my pontoon, raided the donut box and wiped out the packets of Goldfish morsels. But they left this lovely piece of abstract art. Something to do with cars, methinks.

Great day, except Barkley had a wasp sting him.  We gave him extra treats, a few cuddles, then a boat ride, and he’s fine now. But he really doesn’t like those things. I don’t blame him either.

Sarah sent me this lovely photo of a sunset across the Oxbow Lake, taken the same day the shoreline was cleared.


Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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