We pulled the anchor and departed early with the morning fog still resting along the shoreline. The wildlife were out and active, and we saw a mother duck herding her sextuplets along the river, presumably to grassy areas where they could feed, and an eagle observing the world from the highest branch of all the trees along this shoreline.
|Mom with six babies to care for|
|Can you see the eagle?|
|The Albany city skyline|
|Troy's Green Island Lift Bridge|
Immediately thereafter, we entered the Troy Lock, which is the first lock we have been in since the two Dismal Swamp locks in Virginia. We have been at sea level in salt water for months and now have started the 630-foot climb back into the unsalted Great Lakes.
|The Troy Lock|
|The Troy Dam from the top of the lock|
With some excitement we approached Waterford, where there is a fork in the river and you have to choose whether to continue north to Lake Champlain or divert west on the Erie Canal. This spot is well marked with a bright blue sign not to be missed. We took the west branch and stopped on the Waterford City Dock, which had free dockage right in the heart of town. It was raining again, but Anne pushed a grocery cart full of laundry to the laundromat, and later we walked to the grocery store for a few items before entering the canal tomorrow.
|The not-to-be-missed blue sign|
|The Waterford City Dock|