Today’s big adventure was a trip through the locks at the Erie Canal. “The Erie Canal in New York is part of the east-west, cross-state route of the New York State Canal System. It was built to create a navigable water route from New York City and the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes, originally stretching for 363 miles from the Hudson River in Albany to Lake Erie in Buffalo.” [source: wikipedia]
“The present Erie Canal rises 566 feet from the Hudson River to Lake Erie through 35 locks. The original “Clinton’s Ditch” Erie Canal had 83 locks.” [source: eriecanal.org/locks] Today we only went through two locks numbers 34 and 35.
To experience the huge lock doors open and shut, then the lock fill (or empty) water was amazing.
For about two hours we cruised through the canal and enjoyed the beautiful scenery on a perfect autumn day.
When we drove back to Niagara Falls we enjoyed an evening walk along the Niagara River to take in the breathtaking scene once more. This photo points to the Canadian side of the river.