Our friend Deb has spent her summer vacations at Chaffey's Lock for her whole life, and still comes up every year, so we managed to coordinate timing and she joined us for a few days. Chaffey's is right about in the middle of the lakes section of the Rideau, so it made for a good place to spend a little extra time.
On the way up the river, we hit Jones Falls (a series of 4 locks) only to find it closed for some unexpected repairs. A large sinkhole had developed in the ground next to one of the lock chambers and they were worried about the wall collapsing. And the same day, routine inspection revealed a crack in one of the main timbers of one lock door, so they were busy filling in the hole and adding a sister timber to the lock door when we arrived. So we just tied up and hung out until they were done.
|Awaiting Lock Repairs at Jones Falls
Fortunately we didn't have to wait too long and still made it to Chaffey's. All the locks are incredibly picturesque, but I think Chaffey's wins the prize with it's adjacent mill building.
|Tied up Below Chaffey's Lock
|Chaffey's Lock Mill Building
|Watering Up In Newboro Lock
That afternoon we arrived at Westport which is a real village (population 300) with a bunch of shops including ice cream and cinnamon buns - all the major food groups. We also found pickled Canadian bacon - the other major food group.
|Laurie Catches Some Weeds
The next morning something had to be done about the Canadian Bacon, so Deb set about making a lavish breakfast.
|Lavish Breakfast Featuring Pickled Canadian Bacon
After leaving Westport, our next stop was Smith Falls which is a full-scale town, but we just hung out on the boat without exploring much.
Tonight we are at Burritts Rapids where there is a lock and a nice tie-up dock. And look what's for dinner tonight!
|Deb Catches Dinner