It was a pleasure to attend church with the Van Essen’s on Sunday. The openness and friendly atmosphere made it a special time! We enjoyed a walk and picnic lunch by a lock. Some of us had never seen one before this vacation. We were fascinated to watch the boats enter the lock from the side of the waterway where the water level was lower. The gates closed behind the boats and the lock filled with water up to the level of water on the other side of the lock. The gates opened letting the boats sail out onto the higher water. The whole process took about 15-30 minutes.
Then the Van Essen’s took us to see the highest hydraulic boat lifts in the world – The Peterborough lift lock. The difference in water level was so drastic (65 ft) that the boat lifts actually moved up and down like an elevator! They were huge!