Saturday, January 02, 2010

Panama Canal

This morning we have just entered the first of the two Miaflores Locks
in the canal. I am in our cabin on deck one and out the window all I
see is the stone wall of the lock. After the ship is completely in the
lock water will fill the lock and we will rise to the next level. To
completely transit the canal takes about eight hours.
We have risen to the next level and now I can see out the window. It is
quite different from the locks that we went through this past summer on
the Rhine River. On the Rhine we could go through a lock in 10 minutes
or so. Because these locks are so much bigger it takes quite a bit longer.

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