We are writing this blog for one reason and one reason only. To provide a vehicle to make it easier to remain in touch with our family and friends back home.

Our plan is simple. Depart our home port of Goderich Ontario in the Summer of 2011. Cruise Georgian Bay and the North Channel of Lake Huron while visiting some of the ports and anchorages we have missed over the years. As well as revisiting some of our favourite haunts hopefully with some of our very good friends with whom we have cruised with many times before. All the while adding up the miles and gaining experience with our new trawler. Our first and only self imposed deadline is to be in the Chicago area around Labour Day. South of Chicago, weather and circumstances will guide us!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

July 23, 24 2013 Trenton, Fraser Park Marina to Trent Hills Ont. Bottom of Lock 8

As dawn broke the next day Terri and I awoke and agreed to stay put.  There was no real reason to travel today if we didn’t want to.  No schedules, deadlines or weather systems to consider.  Stay we did, hoping to see a little bit of Trenton.  Relax, do some boat chores and just be happy.  We did go downtown and lightly refresh our supplies.  Canadian Beer and its unique taste were high on my list.  I also remembered from our last visit that there was a local person whom was adept at splicing dock lines.  They did have a small supply in the Marina office and they were perfect for our boat.  Another way to support the local economy I thought as I purchased four of them.  We weren’t in desperate need but our old ones were well worn from the many, many locks we had traversed in the last few years.
Terri looking forward locking through.
Looking forward while in a lock.

One of many osprey on this stretch of water.
Beautiful countryside.
Great Blue Heron
We spent the rest of the day washing the boat and lounging around.  There was a constant show of boats going up and down the river. The locals are the same but different everywhere we go.  Fun to watch from our fly-bridge and pass the time for the few days we had here.  Tomorrow we would have 8 locks to go through and were hopeful for an early start as we planned on fueling up before we depart.  So an early night was in order.

Terrmar resting at the bottom of Lock 8.
How Locks Work
View from our spot on the wall looking towards the lock opening.
Proof that I did actually go fishing.

Beautiful Park but over crowded with Canadian Geese and what they leave behind.

Up and at it early today, as you never know how things are going to go with regards to Marinas and their service promises.  I was told that I would be first in line for fuel today, but Murphy’s Law and a Marina attendant had other plans.  I was to be second which isn’t usually a big deal, but the Locks of the Trent Severn System were now operating with roving Lock Attendants.  This meant that if we didn’t make the first lock opening we might be in for a long day.  The first opening was scheduled for 9:00AM and if we missed that, it might be 11:00AM or later before the Attendants arrived back to Lock 1.  We had lots of fuel in reserve and could easily make it to Peterborough in a few days, so we left without fueling up.  We did make the first lock through on Lock 1 and everything turned out well.
By days end we find ourselves at Lock 8 and tie up at the Lock Wall.  We share the wall with some local people who are just out for the afternoon.  We enjoyed a very pleasant and peaceful afternoon and evening.  We walked Smudge but had to stay on the concrete portions of the Lock Wall as the grass was liberally bombed by the Canadian Geese.
Another beautiful Sunset.


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