The locks ranged from taking you 19 feet up to 16 feet down. The highest altitude we got to was 140 feet above sea level at lock 9. We had been warned ahead of time to purchase disposable gloves and extra bumpers due to the lock walls being wet and slimy, which they were. One of the locks (the first one) you placed your line behind a pipe in the wall of the lock and attached it to the centre cleat on the side of the boat. This way the line went up or down with the flow of the water. The rest of the locks we had to grab onto the ropes hanging over the edge of the lock. On the last two lock walls we encountered very tiny Zebra Muscles, an invasive species of muscle. We were both watching them as the waters fell and were surprised to see then squirt water at us. Gary took several photos trying to capture a squirt, but did not manage it.
Because Gary's drives into the locks (I am wary of docking) I am the grunt. It is my job to lean over the edge with the boat hook and grab a rope. Hence me wearing my life jacket just in case... Then, I have to help the boat slow to a standstill whilst Gary turns off the engine and grabs a rope at the back. At the end of the day I had biceps like Popeye!!!
We were delayed in one part of the canal by two geese families swimming across us. We slowed down and one family continued across our path whilst the other family hung behind quite agitated at being separated from its mates.
Vergennes was at the end of the creek with a 75ft waterfall to the right. It was quite full as you can imagine. What was nice, the town illuminated the falls at night and they were quite spectacular. We spent a nice evening having a meal in the town and listening to a local band concert in the town square. If it wasn't for the huge blood sucking mosquitoes it would have been a perfect night.
As we drove up Lake Champlain we looked at the depth gauge and it read 414ft - now that' s the deepest water we have ever been in so far. We are at 98 ft so the depth reaches over 300ft below sea level.
Kingston Rover Great Loop Map