"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

May 20, 2017

May 19 – Waterford, NY

Waterford Canal Welcome Center

"True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.” —C.S. Lewis
Today was the day...the Erie Canal opened for it’s 193rd year. This year marks the beginning of their Bicentennial Celebration. After a little entertainment and many speeches from state and canal dignitaries the boat horns were blown and the locks were officially opened. Most of the boats on the dock and even more boats that moved up the Hudson came through today. I’m glad we decided to wait a few days.

We've said it many times before, the people in Waterford are the most friendly and giving than anywhere else we've visited. This past week we've meet a lot of nice people, two that really stand out are Chris and Gina. They both work on tugs on the Eric Canal. Last night they invited us over for dinner...what a treat. Good food, lots of great history on the canal and great fellowship…we had a fantastic time.
The view from our flybridge
The lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, officially opened the canal
The first group of boats ready to be lifted up
At the top of the lock...the water was raised 35'
Letting the water out so the next group of boats can go in
The doors opening up to let the next boats go in
Our Canadian friends moving into the locks...they were in the second group to lock up
Our new friends Gina and Chris
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