Vignette, entering the lower -- last -- lock chamber, Gatun, Panama Canal

This photo vignette depicts the opening of the gate from the middle to the lower (last, depending on what direction you are going) chamber of the Gatun locks before the wide open Caribbean and Atlantic lay ahead. Imagine, in your mind's eye, -- actually, you don't have to because it's shown here -- pulling your boat away from the chamber wall as the huge gates swing open to usher you into the final chamber lock before the Caribbean, the Atlantic, and adventure!

Editor's note: Writing captions can be a tedious and somewhat stultifying task. Please pardon the occasional splash of purple prose.

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