New York City might be hard to beat for vibrancy and activity, but the Hudson River Valley is the most beautiful river we have travelled. Our first stop was Half Moon Bay; the first night was a nice calm change from the rock and rolling at 79th Street Boat Basin, the second night was noisy due to 30 knot winds.
The Hudson River Valley was spectacular: lush, fresh spring green deciduous trees, hills, cliffs and the distant Catskill Mountains…all new scenery for Friendly Cove.
Peter and Kathe rented a car for their trip out to Cape Cod and Conneticut, so we joined them for a brief trip to Westchester County and a glimpse of Long Island Sound. Westchester is clearly a very wealthy county with miles of beautiful white clapboard homes set in rolling green gardens, with gracious trees and long driveways. Not a Walmart in sight!
Sadly, Peter and Kathe departed yesterday and we pushed on past Catskill Creek and Troy, north of Albany, to join the Erie Canal. Tonight we are tied up at the Waterford free dock, ready for the canal in the morning.
The Erie Canal is about 350 miles to Buffalo on Lake Erie, and then we are considering making arrangements to take FC to Cleveland, Ohio, for short-term storage and trucking to Washington State. Tales of the Erie Canal will begin tomorrow!