Blue Turtle Cruising

W.P. Franklin Lock and Dam – Nov. 27-29

The day after Thanksgiving, we took Blue Turtle up the river and to Franklin Locks and Dam. For those who follow this blog you know that we’ve made this trip annually as a sort of family tradition the weekend after Thanksgiving—usually with my parents on Island Time. Since my folks have no longer have their boat, they brought their newly acquired camper and spent the weekend with us. My sister and 2 nephews came along with us for the ride and the boys pitched a tent on my parent’s camp site to spend the night. It was a fun- and family-filled weekend full of amazing weather, bike rides for the boys  and great times by the camp fire roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

The boys on the bridge en route
The boys on the bridge en route
The Railroad Bridge was raised this year
The Railroad Bridge was raised this year
Captain Ryan at the helm
Captain Ryan at the helm
Nephew Jack getting ready to go through the locks
Nephew Jack getting ready to go through the locks
We even had my sister take the helm for a bit
We even had my sister take the helm for a bit
Sophie had a relaxing cruise there
Sophie had a relaxing cruise there
The boys anticipating the locks
The boys anticipating the locks
Entering the lock
Entering the lock
My sis and I with the stern line
My sis and I with the stern line
Waiting for the boat to rise a couple feet
Waiting for the boat to rise a couple feet
Corey at the bow line
Corey at the bow line
The boys were so excited on the trip they started planning their itinerary
The boys were so excited on the trip they started planning their itinerary and establishing their duties
Grandma and Grandpa help the boys get their tent setup
Grandma and Grandpa help the boys get their tent setup
Mom and Dad's new camper
Mom and Dad’s new camper
Tracy and Randy supervise the tent setup process
Tracy and Randy supervise the tent setup process
Corey and Jack get the sleeping bags ready
Corey and Jack get the sleeping bags ready
The boys in their tent
The boys in their tent
Sophie snuggles with Corey in his sleeping bag
Sophie snuggles with Corey in his sleeping bag
Blue Turtle in her usual spot—Slip #8
Blue Turtle in her usual spot—Slip #8
Our camp fire site
Our camp fire site
Relaxin after getting settled in
Relaxin after getting settled in
The boys starting our first camp fire
The boys starting our first camp fire
Hanging out by the fire
Hanging out by the fire
Mom and Dad at their camp site
Mom and Dad at their camp site
The boys went on a bike ride while Aunt Kim ran
The boys went on a bike ride while Aunt Kim ran
Miniature ponies we saw on the ride
Miniature ponies we saw on the ride
Stopping to take a pic and look at the ponies
Stopping to take a pic and look at the ponies
Beautiful rural scenery...
Beautiful rural scenery…
Goats wandering up the fence to say 'hi' (or hope to get food)
Goats wandering up the fence to say ‘hi’ (or hope to get food)
Awwww, they were so cute!
Awwww, they were so cute!
The boys getting some fishing in
The boys getting some fishing in
Blue Turtle soaking in the fresh water
Blue Turtle soaking in the fresh water
Randy and Sophie chilling
Randy and Sophie chilling
Sophie snuggled in her Daddy's lap
Sophie snuggled in her Daddy’s lap
Jack and Sophie
Jack and Sophie
Ryan and Miss Sophie
Ryan and Miss Sophie
The boys fishing off the pier
The boys fishing off the pier
Tracy and the boys prepare to lock through on our way home
Tracy and the boys prepare to lock through on our way home
Everyone at their posts
Everyone at their posts
View of the camp sites and docks
View of the camp sites and docks
Corey and Jack on the ride home
Corey and Jack on the ride home

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