Monday, June 27, 2011

Let the locking begin! Erie Canal here we come.

We entered our 1st lock on the Erie Lock#2 at 7:40 this morning it was a 34' lift,  This series of locks are called the "Waterford Flight " the flight features five locks where vessels are lifted or lowered the greatest height in the shortest distance of any canal in the world.  The flight lifted us a total of 169' in elevation in less than 2 miles and it took just under 2 hours.

Entering lock#2 our first lock on the Erie Canal.  This is Inconceivable up ahead of us, Loopers from Richmond,VA they are the Fallon family, homeschooling their children along the way ages 101/2 and 91/2.  What a great adventure for them!  They should ace US History.

This is part of the Waterford Flight Lock #3 I believe.

This is the view looking back after being lifted.

Lock #7 This is one of the many reasons your boat needs to fit certain height requirements to do the Great American Loop.  Ok you go first,Yup! they fit, and they are a bit taller than us.

The scenery is very beautiful.

Coming up to the next Lock, 8 (I think)....... Wall of water.

Today we traveled 9 locks with a total lift of 240'.  We decided to call it a day when we hit Amsterdam NY.  Tomorrow we hope to get to Little Falls NY.

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