Saturday, 30 June 2012

to Couchiching Lock - to Couch Lake

just behind our boat above the locks at
Big Chute !!!!!!!!!!!!!

The cottages are abundant and they are so of great beauty ...
every where you look it is cottages ... how lucky it is for kids to grow
up in and on the water .. we saw young kids jumping in the water off the
dock in life jackets ... they will learn to respect the waters.

This bridge we could pass under ... not to sure of the height ...

In Swift Currant Lock ... we learnt a few lessons in this lock ... if at all possible 
DO NOT TIE UP ON PORT SIDE IN LOCK ... but it will not always be possible
cause in some locks you have to.

There is a heck of a lot of bridges, with narrow passages
underneath !!!

With this and all swing bridges, when you get to them you blow your air horn
three times ... Joe and I did that and the lock master only opened it part way for the
down stream boaters to pass ... then he started to close it again as we
where approaching  ... he did not see us, the blowers haha ... he realized
what happened and he  opened the
bridge part way again

Sunning turtles !!!!

Just above Couchiching Lock, we met some great boaters
there ... the guy that last fall sold us the dinghy we had on deck,
and a great French couple, John and Maryse on Refuge.

Thank you Ron Ball, for the personalized GYC ( Georgian Yacht Club) pen.
It is being put to good use.  Thanks Ron !!!!

Most or all swing bridges open at 8:00 , but Joe and I wanted to make
Lake Simcoe while it was calm so we left at 6 am ... lucky for us this swing bridge
was 13 feet above water, we are 10 feet.

OKAY, this is Lake Couchiching and by the locals
Couch .... and this is called the bowling alley ... and told
not to stray outside the buoys ... well who would ???
We counted 16 red buoys to cross this shallow area ...
well to our luck the wind picked up and it got choppy, so we got thru
the alley and decided to anchor at Chief Island ... it is rumored to have
400 motor boats on any long weekend ... we where just going to stay until the
wind settled down and to see the SnowBirds preform at 2:30 pm ..

Well that story has to wait until we find WIFI, again which will be
in Fenlon Falls or Bobcaygon    .....  

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