Our first lock came quickly after pulling out of the Marina this morning, just after passing the entrance to the Batten Kill. Each of the locks is meticulously maintained, some with floral gardens and others with mowed lawns. I loved the “Powerhouse” at Schuylerville’s Lock C-5.
We had to pass under another very low bridge this morning and Charles volunteered his services to climb up and be the “watcher” as we crept up to the bridge and inched under. Whew!!!
As we exited Lock C-6 in Fort Miller the bright Tinker-Toy like structure underlined the nearby bridges.
Janet and Charles relaxed in the great outdoors as we were lifted up in Fort Edwards’ Lock C-7. We did, however, put Lorna to work at the ropes! This lock is the beginning of the 24 mile dug channel.
At Lock C-8, also in Fort Edwards, we had to wait for parade of south bound boats to exit before we could enter and continue our journey north. This is the last lock to raise north bound boats as you reach 139 feet above sea level.
We are now seeing farm land with fields of corn, hay meadows and pastures. This old barn was perched just a tad too close to the canal banks!!
We passed by the newly renovated bridge in Fort Ann and watched these boys jumping into the canal. Ooh! Along this stretch we were also entertained by the soaring and dipping flight of several Blue Heron. Beautiful!
We sighted the bridge to Comstock Prison then entered Lock C-11, our last lock for today.
Whitehall, the northern most part of the Champlain Canal and last stop before entering Lake Champlain, was our home for the night. We pulled up to the fairly new canal harbor that was built by the New York State Canal Corp. and managed by the Town of Whitehall. This placed us just south of the last lock, C-12.
David Scribner kindly drove over to pick up Janet, Charles and Lorna and we all shared dinner at the Finch and Chubb. Nice evening with friends!!