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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Top of Talbot Wall #38 to Top of Big Chute #44

 Saturday June 25th, 2011

Total distance travelled today 47.1 miles                             Time travelled    8 hours

Locks today 6

Docked at: Blue line top of Big Chute - 90 cents a foot, no services

A wonderful start to our day with a visit from Aunt Dorothy! She had no problem finding us, Bruce made blueberry pancakes for all of us and shortly after breakfast we were on our way.  

Aunt Dorothy & Meg

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY - we got completely drenched doing the next four locks, luckily they were close together.  We had to pull off to the blue line at Lock 39 and wait for the Kawartha Voyageur to go by. It has a folding bow so that it can fit in the locks - pretty cool. 

Bow up to fit in the lock

Bow coming down

Lake Simcoe was a little rough to start but towards the end it was smooth. We went by some busy places - couldn't figure out if the boats were lined up for fuel or if there was a fishing tournament on. Anyhow, the boaters around Orilla appear to have some New Jersey blood in them. Thank goodness Garth is on the ball. 
Once again we passed by some awesome cottages and scenery. Beautiful lakes, weedy lakes and water falls.  We went through some rock cuts - done by hand in 1905 - imagine. The rock is stunning but unforgiving so we are staying clear.
Had a visit from a childhood friend whom I have not seen in .....years. Thanks Mardi for getting in touch and looking forward to catching up this summer.
Today is the BIG CHUTE - the marine railway that carries the boat over a road and down the slope before depositing us back into the water. SCARY!!!
We could have done it last night but we were all tired and thought it best to do the Chute in the morning.

Hand cut passage through the Canadian Shield- what a feat in 1905.

Holy ... how many more of these!!!

47  feet going down

Big Chute shore line beautiful water lilies