|Each lock has a nice reminder of what to do |
in case you forgot from the last one
The sides of the locks are lined with rope every 20-30 feet that you grab with a boat hook and hold on to. We like to use gloves with some sort of rubber coating on the fingers/palms while locking as the line gets a slimy, nasty growth on it from sitting in the water...ick. As the water is let out the line just slides through your hands. The boat hook also comes in handy for keeping your boat from getting too close to the wall. One you're at the appropriate water level the gigantic doors at the other end open, you shove off from the wall and you're on your way...usually with a friendly wave to the lock worker.
|Heading out of a 25 foot drop...|
there's a lot of water behind that door!
|Out we go!|