"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

August 2, 2012

July 30 – Merrickville, ON

Meeting New People
The Pond

We went through eight locks today two on the Tay Canal and six on the Rideau, we dropped 99’.  The scenery today became more like what we saw along the east coast through the Carolinas, more marshland with trees in the distance. It is much flatter and less rocky. We came by a few farms and towns today. We are docked in the quaint town of Merrickville, it’s called the Jewel of the Rideau. The main street runs right along the canal and it is full of little boutiques, restaurants, and plenty of history. We spent the afternoon exploring the town and visiting with other boater and locals. We seem to be the only boat from the States in the area right now and definitely the only boat most people have seen from Texas.  We have only seen a few other trawlers…the majority of boats we have seen are Doral or Rinker, which are fancy fast boats…they all look alike to me. We have seen a few boats larger than us, but most are around 30’ or smaller. It’s kind of nice being the bigger boat when you come to a lock…they always put the larger boats in first. If it is the first locking of the day and the lock is busy the smaller boats have to wait until the next lock through.

The channel into the Poonamalie Lock - a little narrow
The lock at Smith Falls
The Pearl in The Pond at Merrickville

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