July 1, 2015 – Merrickville – 1.2 nautical miles traveled

We woke up at 0630 and headed to the showers. There was no functional light in the men’s shower. I showered with the door cracked open for a little light so I could see what I was doing. After a cup of coffee and we fired up the Ford Lehman 120 diesel engine at 0805 and left Ayling’s for the blue line dock at the foot of Merrickville locks (21-23). Arriving at 0810 we had 50 minutes to wait for the lock to be in operation. We finished breakfast and I worked on the ships log while it poured (and I mean poured) down rain outside.

At about 0905 a lock employee walked down to see if we wanted to lock through. As the locks were already in the down position they were able to open the gates within 5 minutes and we were off through the flight of three locks. With these three locks we have made it through 48 locks since we began the trip. The lockmaster told us there was room on the wall in “the pond” at the top of the locks with electricity available. When we arrived he met us there to show us were we could go. After mooring we whiled away the time during intermittent showers. I walked down to the locks to pay for the electricity and spent some more time talking to the lock master who, it turns out, had a 1966 classic Carver at Ayling’s that he lived aboard while working the locks during locking season. At almost noon we walked about a block to the town park where the Canada Days celebrations were taking place. After hearing “O Canada” sung beautifully by a local choir and some speeches and prayers we headed to the Main Street Family Restaurant for some poutine for lunch. I returned to the park to take some pictures while Vicki headed off to do the “shops”.

Merrickville String Quartet plays at the Canada Day Celebration.

Merrickville String Quartet plays at the Canada Day Celebration.

Lions selling hot dogs at Canada Day Celebration -  At Park next to where we were moored.

Lions selling hot dogs at Canada Day Celebration – At Park next to where we were moored.

By mid afternoon the wind picked up and it poured down rain so I took a nap while Vicki continued to “shop”.

In the evening the rain stopped and we waited around until 2200 hours when the Canada Days fireworks took place. It was a very nice show for a town the size of Merrickville.

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