June 26, 2001
We have been through our first lock and are here to tell about it! We left Albany this morning and went through the Troy Federal Lock about an hour later. We are now tied up to the wall at the Waterford Visitor Center. The first two nights are free and then there is a $10 fee after that. It is very nice, about 5 minutes from town.
Within the lock, we looped a mid-boat line around a 4" diameter pole in the wall and just rode on up with the water. We were one of 4 boats within the lock at the time. Apparently, the New York Canal locks are not as clean or in as good of shape as the Federal one, but at least now we know what to expect. One down; 400+ to go ... !
We thought we would see more boats on the canal. So far, we have only seen one other boat go by. We don't know if this is typically or not. We'll see ...
Last night, we met up with the people from 4 other trawlers for a cook out. Three of them ("Patchy Fog", "Dandy Too", and "Runaway") are from Virginia and heading to Ontario. The last one, "Loonacy", is heading home with a brand new boat (a Defevor 44) from New York to Michigan. We had a wonderful time; it is always nice hearing other people's plans and experiences.
We plan to continue west on the New York Canal system tomorrow. As of now, we believe it will take us 4 - 5 days to get to Lake Ontario. We have the time so we will take our time.
One non-boat related thought: don't plant Cottonwood trees! They are apparently 'at a time in their lives' when they are sheading 'cotton-like' stuff and it often looks like it is actually snowing. In addition, we have small "cotton dust bunnies" in every corner of the boat! I think we should collect it and make a pillow!
All for now. We are currently in the wonderful Waterford visitor's center using their PC and will now walk into town. I am going to try to talk Brian into celebrating our wedding anniversary this evening by having dinner in town tonight. Wish me luck ... (Brian says as long as it keeps us under budget - - what a hopeless romantic he is ...)