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Marina in Erie, PA

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After all the walking and adventure in the State Park I walked around a little in downtown Erie and took some pictures.

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Downtown architecture

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Amtrak station

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Erie – not spooky! After all the walking and adventure in the State Park I walked around a little in downtown Erie and took some pictures.
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The scouts who saved me a long walk back in Presque Isle, PA

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Water Taxi pier on Presque Isle, PA State Park

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Tower on Presque Isle, State Park by Erie, PA

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On entering Presque Isle State Park I knew I would need to walk back the way I had come.  Walking around its full 13 mile trail was definitely out of the question.  I had seen a sign stating that weather permitting there was a water taxi from the Waterworks Pier to the city and thought that may be a good way back.  Uncertain how far that was, I kept walking alongside the bay.  I reached the Ranger’s Station and asked whether it was running and how much further the pier was.  The Ranger looked both things up and told me I was merely half a mile from the pier and that the taxis runs at 40 minutes past the hour up to 6pm.  It was 5:15pm at that point, so I briskly walked the half mile to the ferry pier to ensure I would not miss the last water taxi at 5:40.

I reached the pier in plenty of time and learned a little about this gear tower.

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It appears to be a lighthouse without a light but acts as an operating station for a fresh water line laid through the peninsula to the main lake in 1906.

At 5:45 I asked a fisherman whether he had seen the water taxi and he said that he had been there most of the afternoon and couldn’t remember when it had last been and he didn’t think it would be appearing again.  Stuck some 7 miles from where I was staying I considered flagging down a departing car and asking for a lift to the edge of the park at least so as to reduce my walk back.

Then I saw a boat approaching the pier and got my hopes up again.  It was a little smaller than I would have anticipated a water taxi to be and so I started the conversation with its captain with ‘I assume you are NOT the water taxi?’  The captain agreed that he was not operating the water taxi.  Rather he was a scout leader (52nd troop per his shirt) and brought his boat to a BBQ and volleyball game to give scouts a ride on the bay.

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He suggested, and I accepted, that I join him and some of the scouts on their first pleasure ride and he would drop me off on the mainland.

Thank you very very much Dan from 52nd Scout Troop in Erie, PA for a great ride across the bay, saving my feet a long walk back!

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Scout’s honour On entering Presque Isle State Park I knew I would need to walk back the way I had come. 
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Bay view of Erie, PA from the Presque Isle State Park

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What is this plant I found in the Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA?

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Beach 1 of the Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA.

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Having arrived in Erie, PA at midday rather than first thing in the morning, I ditched my plans for the city and set off exploring.  The Presque Isle State Park holds on to the city by a narrow strip and provides a sheltered bay and harbour to the mainland, a wonderful preserve on the peninsula and a view of Canada (on a good day) on the lake side.

I walked 2 miles to the park from where I was staying and stopped off at Beach 1 for a rest and yoga practice looking out over the lake.

Crossing over at its narrowest point, I then followed the trail on the bay side looking back at the city of Erie.

The bright cerise stems of this plant jumped out at me while walking past them.  I was amazed by the extent to which the colour deepens as the flowers turn into ripe berries.  Any ideas what plant this is?

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Nearly an island Having arrived in Erie, PA at midday rather than first thing in the morning, I ditched my plans for the city and set off exploring.