Exploring Albany on America’s Greatest River

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I’ve lived in Albany County for decades but today I felt more like a tourist than a resident.  The idea was to entertain family for the weekend aboard the Dutch Apple II instead I found myself just as enthralled.

We donned rain jackets and umbrellas incase we had to stand in the rain. Luckily, we boarded quickly and found plenty of dry chairs.  One of the crew helped me wipe down plastic chairs at the bow.  The spray proved a little too daunting and we ducked inside for cover.

Over the P.A. system, Castleton-on-Hudson native and guide/narrator, Peter Keyoskey launched into 45-minutes of compelling history and modern facts about the shoreline.  Having been practically born on the waterfront his knowledge is unmatched.

“If you look on your port side, you’ll see the fortified home of one of the founders of the Dutch West India Company built in 1704, the Fort Crailo House…. and now, if you look on your port side, you’ll see chucks of concrete and steel, once a part of the Tappenzee Bridge and now destined to become an artificial reef.”

As the boat neared the habitats of peregrine falcons and bald eagles, Keyoskey’s true passion was unleashed.  “And look, look up there!  Can you see a pair of nesting bald eagles?”   A visiting couple from Texas, Cindy and Terry, were keen enough to bring binoculars and marveled at the birds of prey.

The vessel navigated south turning around at Van Wies Point and returning to the Port of Albany.   Given the sights, sounds and comfort of the craft, we wouldn’t have minded if the vessel continued all the way to NYC and back!

For more information, visit the <a href=”https://dutchapplecruises.com/”><strong>Dutch Apple Cruises</strong></a> website.  The 90-minute outing is a City of Albany must.