At Lock E18 shortly after we left Little Falls the canal parted company with the Mohawk, the river off on our starboard side turning into a meandering, fly-fishing stream beyond that point. For the only time this trip we shared a lock with another vessel, the occupants looking not quite at ease with the situation. Once the lift was done, the Irresistable moved out with haste and we didn't see it again.
|I know those folks were silently pleading "close gate, quick, close the gate!"|
|And, I love the looming shadow cast by the bow of the Grande Mariner.|
|Railroad bridge and doors to Lock E19|
Today's section of the canal is straight and on the industrial side in some places and remote-looking in others. We passed viewing stands with waving locals, fishermen (and women) in the shade of bridges, dredging crews. We encountered lowering clouds and rain, debris in the high water (a water heater being the most unusual item), wildlife. I only left the deck for lunch and to begin packing.
|Approaching Lock E21|
|Here's Tal doing his best to keep me cheerful! I can't resist that cute face.|
|The RV park residents prefer this to my boat? Makes a girl wonder ...|