water doors

For Norm2.0’s Thursday Doors.

We walked on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park while we were visiting Maryland and Virginia. It is 184.5 miles. I’ve biked it twice, starting at the West Virginia end and ending in Georgetown.

The locks that we went by were not functioning, but you can still see where the gates were. Those are doors to hold water back, aren’t they?

brick work at a lock on the C & O Canal
walls of a lock entry

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal
parts of the canal have water

The stones are worn where tow ropes ran.
lock with part of a gate in place
worn stone where tow ropes ran

Parts of locks are still present and some still are functioning.

This bridge building was used for flood control.

stone work with slot for flood control
bridge building

When the river was flooding into the canal, boards were lowered into the slots that diverted high water away from the canal and back to the river.

It was a beautiful day. We all enjoyed the sun.

3 thoughts on “water doors

  1. Looks like a delightful trip and a place my husband and I would enjoy cycling. I like to walk, but he prefers to cycle. That’s fine, as long as we can stop often for photos. :-) Yes, locks are doors for water. They’re just harder to open than regular doors.


  2. Norm 2.0 says:

    Looks like you had perfect mild weather.
    Canal systems and their locks have always fascinated me.
    Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!

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