Teri took me for a short visit to the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks that ferry boats from kayaks to ships up to 760 feet long and 26 feet wide from the level of Puget Sound to the level of Salmon Bay, a 26' difference, in 10 - 15 minutes.
|This day turned into a day so clear we could see all the way to snow covered mountains|
When we arrived, a tug pushing a barge with piles of gravel on it was just entering the lock. The pictures will tell the rest of the story.
|Hostess Teri watches as the tugboat and barge pull up almost to the front gate|
|In a short time - I think only 10-12 minutes, the water has almost lifted the combo 26 feet up -|
it will get to the top of the green
|The front gate opens - when closed, they form walkways across the locks|
|The gates have opened in the front and the barge has started to exit|
|Heading out of the lock|
Besides the large lock, there is a smaller one that takes care of most of the private boats.
|In the small lock|
Ships pass from low to high and then the next seems to pass from high to low so the water can be used for ships in each direction without having to be changed.
|A tour boat enters the lock - touring via this boat would be another fun adventure|
|Waiting to use the locks|
|All are welcome here|
|The dam with a wet walkway over it to the fish ladders on the far side and then to a park area where people were sunbathing|
|View from the dam crossing|
|These are almost to the fish ladders|
|Fish on tiles in the room with windows to watch fish swimming up the fish ladders|
The park area on the far side of the locks and dam has a great blue heron rookery. We counted some 20 nests there. The birds are just about to sit on eggs. Many birds were on the nests but some nest watchers didn't think nesting had started yet as many birds were still bringing in sticks.
|I can (barely) see you hiding in the nest|
|View from the fish ladder side of the locks- the dam is just behind the greenery|
And the designer of the locks, Hiram M. Chittenton, designed other stuff, including the Yellowstone Arch and its road system.