One of the interesting things about Kingston was the number of churches. They have 3 Lutheran churches and many others. The United Methodist Church has a very unique spire and weathervane. Here is a picture. The weathervane is a tugboat. Click on the picture and then zoom in to see it better.
We left Kingston for Waterford around 0930. It was a very easy run with a stop for lunch below Albany. We arrived to find Betsy’s friend from kindergarten, Louise, waiting for us. She came from New Hampshire, a 4 hour drive, to see us. We, of course, will take advantage of her and her car by getting her to take us to the grocery store and to West Marine.
This is Louise, a childhood friend of Betsy. They have kept in touch. She drove from Hanover NH to visit with us.
Waterford Visitors Center is great for boaters. Power, showers, pump out, electricity, Wi-Fi, and the magic word, it is FREE. Yes, that is correct, Free. The town is quaint. We will leave tomorrow for the Erie Canal. We can see the first lock from our docking space. We went through our second lock, the Troy Federal Lock. Tomorrow, we will do at least 5 and maybe 7 locks, taking us up about 210 feet. We are out of the salt water, and due to the locks, there is no tide and no current. So, it should be easy going for a while. We blew up our lock fenders today and deployed them. They are exercise balls, enclosed in laundry bags and tied to the sides of the boat. We will leave them out, on both sides, until we hit a stretch with few locks. They should protect the boat and keep us off the lock walls. Look for the balls in future pictures of the boat.