The Erie Canal Walk – Day Two ~ Waterford to Scotia

Reality sets in…

This is a really tough walk.The heat and humidity are formidable elements, which  constantly challenge us. Our 25 pound-ish packs seem heavier then we remember. So far, it’s like boot camp. Edward Abbey says “May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” Crooked? No. The trail is mostly straight, which makes sense. Winding? No, it does gently bend in places. Lonesome? No, we have each other. Dangerous? Absolutely. I’ve been reviewing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and exhaustion, guzzling water, and taking frequent breaks. Amazing views? Yes!

A beautiful view of the Mohawk River between Waterford and Schenectady, NY
A beautiful view of the Mohawk River between Waterford and Schenectady, NY

We made it to Arrorhead Marina and RV park just west of Scotia this afternoon. We have a lovely tent site on the banks of the  Mohawk River. We  called a taxi to take us to Easrten Mountain Sports in Schenectady and then to the campground, cutting out about 9 of our planned 21 miles. Given the crazy hot and humid weather, it was the wise decision.

Arrowhead RV Park on the banks of the Mohawk River just west of Scotia, NY
Arrowhead RV Park on the banks of the Mohawk River just west of Scotia, NY

On the way out to the campground, we passed the original General Electric plant in Schenectady. The taxi driver said that “back in the day” the lot would be filled with employee cars but today there were only a scattered few.

We saw what looked like thimbleberry today except that the blossoms were very pink. We also saw Tiger Lilies. Hundreds of them…

Aaron and hundreds of Tiger's Lilies
Aaron and hundreds of Tiger Lilies

Well, dinner is almost ready. Must sign off…

~Ann

One thought on “The Erie Canal Walk – Day Two ~ Waterford to Scotia

  1. Julie Selleck July 7, 2016 / 1:00 am

    blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important; padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; } So glad your at your destination and opted to get a ride. Just saw in the news about the heat/humidity back east and mid west.  Have a great night! ⭕️❌

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