Fifty-three foot Quest locked up with a kayak through Young’s Point Lock 27. The guy said he was taking it easy today and only going about 20 miles. Good for him!
Winding our way through the canal with quaint resorts and camp settings brought us to Clear Lake. Stunningly beautiful “little encampments” populated the shore line. Guess they spend more than the summer months here.
St. Peters Anglican Church is situated on an Island in the Hells Gate area. Someone has a sense of humor? Here there are dock tie-ups for the summer Sunday boaters and camp inhabitants.
Islands peppered the waterway as we neared the junction to Stony Lake and I tried to take it all in with the Cannon. Somehow you just cannot capture the majestic beauty of it all.
|ISLANDS IN THE SKY|
At Burleigh Lock 28 (24’ lift) we ran into a traffic jam. One boat was locking down but six of us were docked or floating out waiting our turn. Two houseboats, a cruiser and the little Sea Shack locked up first and we followed with another houseboat. With three boats perched on the blue-line waiting dock on the up side, this is by far the busiest lock we have done so far. There used to be two locks at this site but they combined them both with an new hydraulic lift, thus eliminating Lock 29.
We entered Lovesick Lake where, as lore has told it, an Indian boy was spurned by a lovely, redhead Irish lass. This rocky route kept Dan on his toes as we sought Lovesick Lock 30 with its meager 4’ lift.
Approaching Buckhorn Lock 31 we found boats crammed together and awaiting lockage on both sides. One of the house boaters really got himself into a pickle with the gusting wind pushing him around. Lots and lots of houseboats!