A Working Lock in a Busy Port
Since it wasn't far to Shreveport, I decided to go see the Plaquemine Locks, which are a historic landmark. But I was confused by the signs and when we came to one that said "Port Allen Locks (about 0930) and Bob asked if that was it, I said yes.
This turned out to be a working lock on the Red River - the one that had replaced the Plaquemine Lock.
We were just in time to watch a tug go through with a whole bunch of barges.
It was a big lock and very interesting.
They were locking DOWN from the river to a canal which was the Gulf ICW.
The guy who was running things explained everything because of course we had a lot of questions.
When we left (about 1050) we found that we were locked in as the gate had closed. It took a couple minutes before someone came to let us out to go down to Plaquemine