For those of you that haven’t heard, the Erie Canal has been closed for a good part of the last month due to high water caused by flooding in upstate New York. Many of the locks were damaged by the floods. Slowly, things are being repaired and reopened in places but the closures have left many of the “loopers” waiting in various marina’s along the Hudson River.
We are one of those that are waiting. On July 1st, we traveled up the Hudson River, stopping first at a marina in Poughkeepsie and then arrived at Shady Harbor Marina, a great marina just south of Albany, on the 2nd. We joined many other loopers, some that were waiting for the Erie and some that had decided to travel through the Champlain route. Doing that is a bit more difficult and sometimes impossible for those of us with boats that have a higher air draft (the part of the boat that is out of the water). The air draft for boats taking the Champlain route needs to be under 17′. Our boat, as it sits right now, is around 19′. We may be able to get down to that but right now we are unwilling to give it a try unless we have no other choice.
So what to do?? We decided to take a mini-vacation and go back home to North Carolina for a short time. Mr. B had a couple of doctors appointments to take care off and we figured it was a good time to visit my aunt in Pittsburgh and our son and daughter-in-law in Maryland. A vacation, within a vacation. Ahhhh….isn’t retired life grand!!
I will close this post with some of the photo’s of things we passed while heading up the Hudson River from Half Moon Bay Marina to Shady Harbor Marina. It looks like they are making significant progress on the Erie Canal so barring any big floods, we should be able to take our preferred route on the Erie Canal. The best guess on the Erie Canal opening is now the 16th barring any more flooding or unforeseen damage. If that date holds, a lot of the traffic that is waiting should be through the canal by the time we return to the boat. As with every day planning on the water – we will wait and see.