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Historic Erie Canal Kayak Trip Departs From Buffalo [VIDEO]

It was a cool morning Tuesday, when kayakers/adventurers Richard Harpham and Glenn Charles departed from Buffalo on their 500 mile trek along the Erie Canal en route to New York and the Hudson River! I was their for the news conference and the send off ceremony. In a word, it was inspiring. 

Much of what Buffalo is today and historically has been, is a result of the great water ways we have most importantly the Erie Canal. Harpham and Charles were given some water from the Canal in Buffalo by Congressman Higgins and will recreate the “Wedding Of The Waters,” which was the same action taken by Governor De Witt Clinton back in 1825, opening the Canal for business. The purpose of the trip or the Spare Seat Kayak Expedition as it is called, is to highlight the natural beauty of the Erie Canal and New York water ways as well as to coincide with Governor Cuomo’s remarks that “New York is open for business!” I had a chance to speak with Congressman Higgins shortly before the kayakers set out on the journey!

School kids along the bridge over the Erie Canal Buffalo
Buffalo school kids along the bridge over the Erie Canal (Clay Moden)

The adventure will take them along the 500 miles of the canal and they will visit the 35 locks and also speak with hundreds of children along the way inspiring them to “enjoy life” and get outdoors.

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