New York, Part III- The Eisenhower St. Lawrence Seaway Locks

While in the area we decided to check out these locks. They don’t really have a tour but we lucked out and got there just as their only ship for the day was coming through!
These locks are much bigger than the Soo Locks in Michigan. Those locks only change 21′ in elevation; these change 42′!
Also, at these locks instead of using lines to keep the ships centered they have these pads that hold it in place as the water level changes.
Quite the parking job! There’s just a foot or two on both sides as they enter!
Once in and gates closed it only took about 10-15 minutes to raise the water level (and the ship) 42′! Amazing to watch!
A unique view under the chainlink fence!
She’s on her way up to the upper Great Lakes!
This is a spare Culvert Valves they keep on hand just in case (or maybe just for display for the visitors). It’s easy to see how they can move so much water in such a short time!
A unique perspective of the seal on the culvert valve! By the weathering on the seal I’d say this was an old valve they replaced and then painted top this for show!

Our Family/Friends Time in Denver and Colorado Springs

Bryce, Laura and Reeve

We stayed at the same campground as last year and luckily got the same spot with this river view.

While watching Reeve (Bryce and Laura were at work), Reeve built this fabulous creation!

We took Reeve to the Denver Zoo and had a great time! Reeve and GrandJan on the Merry-Go-Round.

Reeve and GrandJan on the little train.

After a few hours of looking at all the animals Reeve was done!

While in Denver we went up to Broomfield to witness Walt’s graduation from college. Afterwards we went to Walt and Carries house for a celebratory lunch.

Reeve loved the menagerie of animals at their home! ( 6 dogs, 2 cats, 1 Iguana, 2 horses,  2 goats, 2 parakeets and 1 parrot!)



While staying in Golden we meant to do the tour but never got around to it. So we went back later. Great tour!

The copper kettle in the previous picture was one of the original kettles.

I didn’t know that Bill Coors was the inventor of the two piece aluminum can!

I also had forgotten that Coors and Miller had merged! These are all the brands they represent now.

Some of the current copper kettles.

Looking down on the line for Coors Banquet Beer.

Their beer making process.

colorado springs

We had a combination Father’s Day and Rich’s 43rd Birthday celebration at Rich’s home. Bryce and family as well as Barb and Zach were there to help in the festivities.

The obligatory blowing out of candles!

Aneka and Sheba.

Zach chilling!

While in the Springs we attended a few of Aneka’s training sessions with her newest horse Cruiser.

BranPa with Aneka and Cruiser.

Aneka and Dolly.

At another of her training sessions she and Cruiser practiced barrel racing. This is one her favorite events; she gets to go FAST!