Saturday, April 12, 2014

Summer Boat Cruise 2013 - Part Seven

For the 2013 boating vacation voyage, this would be the farthest 'away' we were to go, Lakefield Lock. I was hoping to travel to Peterborough, but with the shorter hours of operation and the fact that our usual time off work was cut back back by almost a third this year, so we decided this was it.

 Not that I am sad that we didn't get any farther, on the contrary, despite have ventured to all of the areas we saw on prior trips, this was like seeing much of it for the first time. That was as a result of our ability to stay at a number of the locks for days at a time. Having the built in generator on the boat sure gives us so much more freedom to go where we wish, while maintaining most of the comforts we would enjoy tied to our dock at home.

Like most of the other locks, this one provides a peaceful and secure setting to tie up for a night or two. As you can see in this shot, I turned Boogaboo to have the bow facing 'back home', right at the end of the wall. This allowed us easy egress when we decided to leave, as well as a good view downstream to all the comings and goings while the lock was operating.
Tie up wall at the Lakefield Lock.

Video: A really nice clip of our short run over to the Lock. Another peaceful, sunny day on the water - complete with a notable docking manoeuvre at the end ;-)

Our view from the back of the boat, looking towards the lock;
Pretty view.

Sunshine, and lots of green;
Lock #36 of the Trent Severn Waterway, at Lakefield, Ontario.

The lock chamber, looking downstream, of course. There are rumours (reported to us more than once) that this lock has the BIGGEST spiders of any along the TSW. Anchor Girl was thrilled to hear that the first time we passed through here ;-)
Be wary of the Spiders . . ..

Video: One of the few dingy rides we took on this trip saw us heading back into the village to grab more food (natch) and BEER :-)

After the big workout from our dingy ride, it was getting to be cocktail time. A favorite spot for us to enjoy a cool drink is sitting on our folding lounge chairs, propped on the swim platform, feet up on the floating dingy;
Watching the world go by . . .

Evening of the second day and the joint had filled up. It was nice to wander and talk to the other boaters, discussing the TSW issues;
A full house.

Our spot on the wall. Nice;
Looking forward to going back here.

Cool shot across the port side deck, complete with funky lens flare;
Shine a little sunshine on me :-)

Video: Before heading off, we walked over to the local grocery store for MORE food & I took this clip of the local walking trail, which passed right beside our mooring;

The ending shot form the video was taken overlooking the control dam, just ahead of the lock. I was able to also snap a neat still photo of the big Chris Craft riding by;
A view of top and bottom.

The next segment sees us heading back to Young's Point and some time with our host to catch up and swap stories.