Al and I were both wakeful from 3:30 until 5 this morning, so we were both sleeping soundly when Al's phone rang at 8AM. It was our buddy boats calling to say they were ready to go! We had made the assumption that we would be staying at anchor at Miller Island for TWO nights, so it was a surprise to us! But we got up and were ready to go quite quickly.
Boy, I used the word 'ominous' to describe The Dalles lock, but I don't know a better word for John Day. Approaching the lock, it looks like a dark tunnel, and the gate is a guillotine, dripping as we pass below. (It almost reminded me of some of those Disneyland rides!)