|Hudson Light House
|Another Hudson Light House
|Albany Appears in the Distance
|Industrial Waterfront South of Albany
|USS Slater Destroyer Escort
|Troy Lock and Dam
|Waiting to Enter Troy Lock
Another mile north of the Troy lock comes a fork in the stream in Waterford. Continue north and you enter the Champlain Canal which runs all the way into Lake Champlain. The bridges on that route are just a little too low for us, but a few of the boats that we have been playing tag with are heading up that way. But if you turn left, you enter the Erie Canal. Right at the junction is a big visitor's center and long pier where you can tie up for a couple of days. We are tied up for the night, but will continue on tomorrow.
The visitor's center apparently has some very good displays about the canal, but only the very basics are currently open. The eastern Erie and upper Hudson were very badly damaged last summer by Irene. On the Hudson, all the marinas at the mouths of the various feeder rivers got trashed to one degree or another. Some are back in operation, so are partially operational, and at least one is gone completely. The visitor's center in Waterford was flooded up to the 1st floor ceiling, and that's where the main office, bathrooms, showers, laundry, etc are all located. The prioritized getting that working again first, then the visitors are will follow. We are expecting to encounter a lot of places with only partial services compared to what they normally have.