The Upper Hudson River

We left Half Moon bay on May 24th bound for Poughkeepsie where we would be dropping off brother Jerry. His son, Elliot, along with our sister, Janice, met us at Shadows Marina. We all shared a nice meal at the Mill River Brewery. The next day we left to continue our trip up the Hudson. Our next stop was Shady Harbor Marina in New Baltimore, NY. We stayed three nights and met two other boats who had been at the Great Kills Yacht Club when we were there. We were able to borrow the marina’s loaner car to do some provisioning. Three cases of beer were high on our list.

We dropped lines and pulled out of Shady Harbor on May 28th bound for Mechanicville, NY. This transit included our first encounters with locks and not with some apprehension. Handling the boat, John as captain (boat driver) and Gloria handling fenders and lines, is not without confidence as we have owned and piloted the boat for several years. However, locks were an unknown for us. As it turned out, our apprehension was ill founded. Helping was the fact that were alone in the first three locks which gave us the opportunity to negotiate the locks with no witnesses and no stress with having to transit the locks with other boats trying to cope with the currents in the filling locks.

Mechanicville is a sleepy, small town but it does have a free wall at which to dock with free electric, water, and squeaky clean showers. We spent two nights here before leaving (tomorrow) for our next stop, 28 miles to the free town docks at Fort Edward yacht Basin. This will require transiting five more locks. Not a problem! Now.

The pictures are of some of the sights and things we encountered along the way from Poughkeepsie to Mechanicville. The Upper Hudson River narrows and becomes a pleasant, smooth, easy cruise with great scenery at every turn in the river.

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