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May 17, 2017

May 16 - Waterford, NY

Waterford Canal Welcome Center

“Traveling is like a drug, forming an addiction that controls your entire being.” —Kiana Azizian
The weather has finally warmed up and the welcome center was alive with activity...boaters washing their boats, school children on a field trip, workers finishing projects before the canal officially opens and locals out for walks enjoying the beautiful day. Stan and I decided to take a bike ride along the old Champlain Canal to visit Waterford's Museum and then over to Cohoes to see the falls and where the original Erie Canal was located. 

We enjoyed our day and learned more about the Erie and Champlain Canals. I'll share more of that later when I have more time...but for now I'll just share a few pictures of our day.

A view of the Welcome Center from the 4th Street Bridge
Fourth graders in the area get to come to the welcome center to learn more about the Erie Canal. They also get to ride up Lock 2 on the canal boat that is dock in front of us. They all seem to be having a wonderful time.
The Erie Canal is open to commercial traffic or pleasure boats that want to pay commercial prices...I think we'll just wait and enjoy the area until it officially opens this weekend.
The Waterford Historical Museum on the hill over looking part of the old Champlain Canal.
Waterford Historical Museum
Cohoes Falls on the Mohawk River. One of the large obstacles the Erie Canal had to over come to move traffic from the Hudson River to the great lakes.
Enlarge this picture to see where the original 1825 canal (Clinton's Ditch), 1842 enlarged canal and todays Erie Barge Canal are located
Portions of the original Erie Canal are now under these buildings in Cohoes. When closed in the water was used to create electricity for factories alone the river.
More of the enclosed old Erie Canal
Erie Canal Boat about Lock 2
Lock 2 (looking towards the welcome center) - the first lock we will enter when we start our trip up the Erie Canal.
Fun at the Angry Penguin with new friends Shelley and Kevin from Mrs. P 
This neat little pub in Waterford has a weekly jam section...it's a lot of fun and everyone is so friendly. 
Video of the music we enjoyed at the Angry Penguin. Thank you Kevin Philips for letting me share your video.

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