Paddling around Schoharie Crossing - July 2011
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This was my first kayak trip of 2011 so I was glad it was going to be an easy one, but it was rather warm....getting up around 97. We met at the Schoharie Crossing state park to launch at 9 am. Otto was late because he hit construction along the way.
We paddled up the Schoharie not knowing how far we could get but since the water level was higher because of the rain, we went farther than I had gone with Kara & John a few years ago. It still wasn't the easiest because we had to bump over rocks and even walk the boats for a bit. After a fair stretch of waling and no clearer water in sight (it was now around 11:30), we broke for lunch. Otto brought some lovely smoked salmon sandwiches with pickles and fresh basil.
After lunch, we found a path to the Fort Hunter Canal Park where we walked around, then sought more comfortable temperatures in the post office where we got some extra brochures and the postmistress talked about the area and its history. We saw some of the old canal sections - the middle one that was built with the impressive old aqueduct - since blown apart to free it from an ice jam. We went in the museum and looked at the photos and exhibits there - also cooler but no A/C, still more comfortable.
Since we were right next to the crossing, it didn't take long to get back after glancing again at the remnants of the aqueduct. It was much too hot to consider anything else at this point so we headed our ways home.