September 18, 2012

Day 5 - The Chicago Sanitary Ship Canal: September 18, 2012

Our first of 115 locks to come! How can one express the excitement? Anne was quite nervous and came through with flying colors by setting the fenders, donning gloves, and holding us fast to the line hanging from the starboard wall. While we dropped only 3 ft, this was a good warm-up for more to come.

Entering the Chicago Harbor Lock

As we passed under the 49 bridges in the Chicago area, many people waved to us. Why is it that we get waves from people we don't know while on a boat in the river? No one waves at us from the sidewalk when we drive by on the street. I'm sure they don't recognize us, don't think we are celebrities, and never expect to see us again. Maybe they are expressing appreciation for what we are doing that they would like to do as well?

After two more locks, one 39 ft down and one 34 ft down, we passed Joliet and chose to stay at the Harborside Marina.

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