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17-07-31a Rideau Canal cruise

Year 2017

Day 0: Arrival Kingston, Old haunts.

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17-07-31 - First views: Kawartha voyageur.

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17-07-31 - We walk round the harbour ... for a better look. The Holiday Inn where we parked is behind us. A harbour walkway goes round the hi-rise building. A minimal concession to non-commercial foot traffic.

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17-07-31 - Continuing our stroll. Old RR station. This antique steam engine lives in the waterfront park near the front of City Hall.

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17-07-31 - I wanted to be an engine driver. when I grew up. It didn't happen, but we like to ride old railways, look at historical exhibits, whenever possible. Example: the Mt. Washington cog railway (qv).

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17-07-31 - Kingston city hall. An example of the Christopher Wren Colonial style. Beloved in the far outports of Empire. More good examples in Kingston, Coburg and St. Catharines.

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17-07-31 - Our once residence, 2 Colborne St. We lived top left, at the back. Newer siding and balcony.

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83-10-10 - 1983: I like the yellow colour better. Looking in 1983 much as we remembered it when living there back in 1965.

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17-07-31 - Damp Princess St. looking NW. A drizzly search for coffee and eateries.

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17-07-31 - Back for lunch later? Promising resto, Chez Piggy, in an alley-courtyard. Seems to me that Miriam and Adonis did part of their Masters program here.

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17-07-31 - Out of the alley back to Princess St. For a pre-prandial stroll.

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54-to-58 - Whoa! 1950s: England family trip. Odd how these memories keep surfacing when you least expect them.

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17-07-31 - But even Amber's lovely back ... can't keep the imagination off the subject of food and drink.

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17-07-31 - Returning to Chez Piggy once again.
What's for lunch? Pasta?

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17-07-31 - Why do you even ask? A gesture so Italian. A hold-over, perhaps, from last year's total immersion. But this place seems to have French over and undertones.

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17-07-31 - After lunch, Kim's game ... while looking in shop windows. Whenever I pass a crowded souvenir shop window (Italy, especially, qv) I remember Kim's Game, part of some Boy Scout Badge I once needed to earn. Old Baden-Powell thought that to be a good scout, on the frontiers of Empire, you ought to remember details, recall locations, without collecting incriminating notes. You never knew when you might be interrogated by the local authorities. A scout, after all, was a sort of secret agent, in short, a spy.

My own spying is entirely in the service of personal photo-journalism. Nothing to do with colonial imperialism.

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17-07-31 - Remember, kids? When we used to lift you up onto the lion's back? Richardson Beach Park, Kingston, downtown. Just south of Macdonald Memorial Park.

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17-07-31 - The Steam Museum.

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03-12-28 - 2003: Dea ex Machina, Steam Museum. This picture figured in my first photo show at the Roselawn in Port Colborne. It was hung alongside another Kingston pic: The Mills of the gods (... grind slow, but they grind exceeding small. qv) I love the inexorable, rotary, mill-like quality of these and similar pics. They sometimes also have a Piranesi-like aura. (also qv)

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17-07-31 - Day is done. Gone the sun.

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17-07-31 - Boarding time at last. Do I see a crowd of white-haired people down there on the left, lining up at the gangplank?

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D445 17-07-31 Day 0: Arrival Kingston, Old haunts

Day 1: Thousand Islands side trip.

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17-08-07 - We wake up to fog, Kingston hbr. Briefly socked-in.

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17-08-01 - Composition. Oh good, a subject I can see, at close range.

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17-08-01 - Top deck, after breakfast.

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17-08-01 - Departing Kingston hbr. That's City Hall dome in the middle, between the two fake smokestacks of the pretend paddle steamer.

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17-08-01 - Martello tower defences are holding. Kingston has nothing to fear from naval attack by Gananoque. And Sacketts Harbor, opposite Kingston on the US side of Lake Ontario, hasn't fired a shot in anger for years.(qv)

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17-08-01 - Fort Henry, brooding. Their big guns could certainly reach this far.

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17-08-01 - Merle the far-seeing ... charts a course. Perhaps thinking of Ottawa in a few days, or Malta next month?

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17-08-01 - The ship's bow.

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17-08-01 - The ship's bridge.

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17-08-01 - The ship's neighbours.

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17-08-01 - The ship's skipper, left. He doesn't have two heads, although that might come in handy for keeping a lookout both fore and aft at the same time. Crazy power-boaters zipping all over the place.

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17-08-01 - Other top deck material.

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17-08-01 - Gananoque waterfront. And all that healthy, outdoor, holistic tourist stuff.

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17-08-01 - Gan. dock. Museum visit.

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17-08-01 - Off again. 1000 Islands next.

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17-08-01 - Boldt Castle.

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17-08-01 - Castle outworks.

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17-08-01 - World's shortest international bridge?

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17-08-01 - Fast water, heading back to Kingston.

More detail:
D446 17-08-01 Day 1: Thousand Islands

Day 2: Kingston to Newboro.

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17-08-02 - 401 hwy ahead.

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17-08-02 - Highway bridge. A work in progress. The beginning of a lengthy survey of southern Ontario bridge infrastructure.

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17-08-02 - Cataraqui R. Heading north.

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17-08-02 - Lock spritz.

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17-08-02 - Getting up in the world.

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17-08-02 - Much rail traffic, terrific noise.

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17-08-02 - Toronto to Montreal main rail line.

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17-08-02 - Parks Canada glasses girl. Waiting to work the lock mechanism. Most are still completely manual.

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17-08-02 - The Mate checks clearance at the side.

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17-08-02 - Swing bridge, also manual.

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17-08-02 - Waiting their turn.

1984: Kingston Mills, while visiting MnA?

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84-05-19 - 1984:Blockhouse.

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84-05-19 - 1984: Derek's "old guard" persona. War of 1812 vintage.

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84-05-19 -
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1963: - Kingston Mills while MA students.

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63-to-65 - 1963:Enid Richards

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63-to-65 - 1963: Merle and Miriam.

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63-to-65 - 1963: Merle and Miriam across the lock. Railway bridge visible on the right.

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63-to-65 - 1963

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63-to-65 - 1963: South toward L. Ontario, and Kingston.
Old 120 format slide film

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17-08-02 - Outhouse of paradise. Colonel By Lake?

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17-08-02 - Ship's bridge drops for low road bridge. The Mate, in blue up front, stands up through a hatch to keep an eye on clearance. He ducks down at the last minute. To avoid decapitation.

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17-08-02 - We too have to get out from under. And sit down low in our seats. A crew member stand guard in the stairwell to make sure no senior gets imulsive and stands up to head to the washroom at the last minute.

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17-08-02 - Tight fit.

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17-08-02 - The doors of repentance swing wide. I hear an echo from somewhere. The back room of St. George's church? Only, back then, the doors of repentance were more likely to swing shut if our prayers weren't fervent enough.

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17-08-02 - Lock walk.

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17-08-02 - At Jones Falls locks. A small Parks Canada military exhibit. Mao, Chou, Big Julie, Napoleon. Meh! Who cares, we've got decades of military and industrial history to contemplete, right here in Canada.

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17-08-02 - The KV enters the lock.

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17-08-02 - Has a bulldog look from this angle.

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17-08-02 - A female deckhand ties up. Seems that the women on this boat do all the heavy lifting. Actually, somebody explained that the crew quarters don't have separate male and female facilities. So it's simpler (and nicer?) to go all female.

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17-08-02 - Spiral nebulae. DR succumbs briefly to abstraction. Artists go for this wacky stuff. Supposed to be part of the very essence of ... whatever. Me: It's not that I love abstraction or introspection less, but that I love the external world more. You really don't wanna get lost inside my head.

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17-08-02 - KV crew bring coffee for the dockworkers.

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17-08-02 - Let's get a pic. Of this cute aquatic critter, she says. Thanks. Don't mind if I do, cute aquatic critter y'self.

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17-08-02 - Newboro dock, aquatic weed whacker.

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17-08-02 - Tied up for the night. Canoes belonging to a US Boy Scout troop.

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D447 17-08-02 Day 2: Kingston to Newboro

Day 3: Eastport, Smith's Falls, Edmund's Lockstation.

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17-08-03 - Newboro blockhouse. Early morn walkies.

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17-08-03 - Well above flood levels.

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17-08-03 - Brekkers under way.

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17-08-03 - KV under way.

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17-08-03 - Westport ahead.

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17-08-03 - Tight channel.

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17-08-03 - Docking with 180 turn.

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03-12-27 - 2003: Westport winter holiday.

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03-12-28 - 2003: We stayed here.

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17-08-03 - Classic front, tin shingles on the walls.

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17-08-03 - Too bulky for a souvenir. to stow in our cabin. But the colours are cheery.

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17-08-03 - Westport museum. This large wooden carving of Lady Justice was once atop city hall, Brockville.

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17-08-03 - A classic camera. How I used to covet one of those. Speed Graphic, or some such brand. It had all the lens and focus adjustments that my Brownie Hawkeye lacked. But the plate and cut sheet film was expensive, hard-to-find in the boondocks, and, to youthful me, prohibitively expensive.

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17-08-03 - From the mezzanine.

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17-08-03 - Dolly bed. In Danville, during the war, I had fruit baskets to bed down my teddy-bears.

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17-08-03 - Contrasts.

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17-08-03 - Ladies who had these pinched kid cheeks. Merle and I both remember getting our cheeks pinched in a similar context by elderly ladies with fur lapels consisting of little beady-eyed animals glaring down at us.

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17-08-03 - Just in time to reboard, 11am.

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17-08-03 - Me swotting up for beachcomber finals. Back on board.

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17-08-03 - Opening the lock gate. Keep that lovely hair out of the gears, Brunhilda.

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17-08-03 - Downtown Smith's Falls.

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17-08-03 - Dont fall overboard camera lady.

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17-08-03 - Parks Canada crew on duty, gate repairs. They had just completed a major repair on one of the lock gates when we arrived. Edmund's Lockstation.

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17-08-03 - Evening entertainment.

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D448 17-08-03 Day 3: Eastport, Smith's Falls, Edmund's

Day 4: Merrickville, Long Island.

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17-08-04 - Merrickville blockhouse museum.

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17-08-04 - Like ours in Sackville.

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17-08-04 - Miss Havisham's wedding dress.

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17-08-04 - Il Duce Inglesi. Y'know, I'm beginning to love these country museums. They have a haymish, domestic feel you don't find at the ROM.

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17-08-04 - The Baldachin Inn.

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17-08-04 - Alley. Xref China.

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12-07-14 - 2012: Alley, China.

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17-08-04 - Betty Boop.

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17-08-04 - Debarqe for walkies.

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17-08-04 - Love these weedy, oozy things. What English artist said something like that about locks? Constable?

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17-08-04 - Back on board.

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17-08-04 - The Pumper, formerly of NOTL. Idle, perhaps derelict, on the west bank of the Rideau R. south of Ottawa.

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02-09-15 - 2002: NOTL. Pumper, wood-fired steamer. Picture taken from our canoe on the Niagara River during a NFNC excursion.

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17-08-04 - Long island, last night.

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17-08-04 - Lock machinery bei nacht.

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17-08-04 - Has a cosy look.

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17-08-04 - Dining room lounge.

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17-08-04 - Staff talent night in the dining room. Even the captain played a part.

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D449 17-08-04 Day 4: Merrickville, Long Island

Day 5: Ottawa, drive Napanee and home.

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17-08-05 - AM. Doing the bridge windows.

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17-08-05 - Both port and starboard sides. I think she does the opposite side, not by hanging over the water, but by waiting till another day when they'll probably be docked the other way round.

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17-08-05 - He turns the bridge with a hand crank. There's a gearing system underneath, well balanced and lubricated.

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17-08-05 - Our last stroll off the boat. Note: the Kawartha Voyageur is now travelling downhill as the locks descend toward the Ottawa River from the connected series of interior lakes and rivers.

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17-08-05 - Call the MOE.

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17-08-05 - Parks Canada work boat.

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17-08-05 - They'll wait for us further on.

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17-08-05 - KV Dining room decor. Just passing through. (Looking for afternoon tea and cookies.)

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17-08-05 - Ottawa suburbs. Miles of affluent-looking waterfront properties. I won't comment on the pay-scale of Ottawa civil servants; some of our more right-wing friends have already done so.

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17-08-05 - The Rideau Canoe Club.

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17-08-05 - Hog's Back chute, south of Ottawa.

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17-08-05 - Kid-friendly rocks to clamber on.

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17-08-05 - Final photo-op. The boat couldn't go any farther north at this point. Downtown Ottawa has no place on the canal with a turning basin large enough for the Kawartha Voyageur to reverse direction. On one trip, earlier in the year, the boat does continue on toward the Ottawa River, north of the Parliament Buildings. But traversing this final series of locks takes an extra day, which is not available in our current cruise. At this tie-up, the boat will be re-provisioned, tidied up, and a new group of passengers welcomed for the trip back south to Kingston.

So we pack up our gear and load ourselves onto a chartered bus heading back to Kingston. There we find our car, parked very close to the docks. A convenient loop arrangement.

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17-08-06 - Napanee by car. Last night on the road. A walk round town after dinner. Nice riverside park, yacht tie-up, lawns still a bit damp from this year's innundations.

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17-08-06 - Post office. Needs a tweak with the HD options, DR. Done.

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17-08-06 - We're not quite sure about this place. Needs a tweak of a different sort.

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D450 17-07-04 Day 5: Ottawa, drive Napanee and home

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