WARNING! Bruce said I have a lot of pictures for a down day.
Breaking in the new Crew
Mile High (well 19′ from the deck of the floor to the deck of flying flying bridge)
I’ve always been a little amazed at the fishing boats with the REAL high flying bridges. I got the opportunity to ascend to the top of the a Hatteras sports fishing boat the flying flying bridge. The deck of the flying flying bridge is 19 feet above the main deck.
The ship is in!!!!!
We waited for our ship to come in all day. (The shrimp fishing boat.)
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Usage in a sentence
This Brain Clutter section is absolute floccinaucinihilipilification.
Dale’s brother Bruce and his wife Dianna (Perky) are joining us for the next leg to Florida. They drove through the night to get here. Thank goodness they called when they got into northern Mobile. HA! Dale had to shag Mary out of bed so she would be up when Bruce and Perky arrived.
The new chain we ordered from West Marine last week was delivered today in a 50 gallon drum. I was quite relieved when we opened it to discover the chain only occupied the lower 1/8 of the drum.
Geeked! Can’t wait to anchor out. We went on a reconnaissance mission to Dauphin Island to check out places to anchor when we leave here.
Props are back!
The exact origins of the word “ahoy” aren’t known beyond that it stems from this Middle English exclamation, “hoy!” The most popular theory as to the origin of “hoy” is that it derives from the Dutch word “hoi”, meaning “hello”.
Alexander Graham Bell used the old maritime greeting: ‘Ahoy!’ as a telephone greeting. It was Edison who equipped the first telephone exchanges, so he ended up having the last say. Edison preferred ‘Hello!’.
Some days not much happens (no pictures today but there are stories)
Today was spent changing oil, cleaning the kitchen and scrubbing all the crud from going through the locks off the fenders.
Dales’ highlight was fishing! He caught lots of spec trout and a big blue crab.
But this is not why you read our blog ……
Sanitation and Pump Outs – One of the first things we did when we came into the marina was try to pump out all the ‘Black Water’ from our holding tank. (Black Water = Poop) Unfortunately the marina septic pump wasn’t functioning. Our septic light came on about 2 days ago. This means that we haven’t been able to use use our toilets. The septic pump in the marina STILL isn’t working!!!! Who knows when it will be fixed!
There are 3 marinas in this area and NONE of them have a functioning septic pump. We have to walk to the marina toilet any time we need to tinkle or worse. Mary really hates the 2 AM run. Glad no pictures????????
Insider Tip – Jimmy Buffet will be in town to visit his sister Lucy sometime this week. When he is in town he always plays at his crazy sister’s restaurant Lulu’s. Dang I hope he’s there when we go through later this week!
The Dog River area is the original Mobile, AL. As Mobile grew it moved north to where it is now.
Jimmy Buffet’s childhood home is just up river. The old timers around here talk about him learning to water ski right out in front of where our boat is parked. BTW the area just to the north of us is called Alligator Bayou.
Mobile is a playful city. The Mobile Witches Ride is fun for a good cause – Delta Dogs, a local non-profit that provides free spay/neuter and veterinary care to the pets of Mobile’s community in need (e.g. elderly, disabled, veterans, families and women in crisis, the homeless, etc.)
Though most people associate Mardi Gras with New Orleans, Mobile, Alabama, began holding the festival in 1703, 15 years before it started in Louisiana. Based on a French Catholic tradition, the celebration is now a city-wide holiday in Mobile, where even schools close down to celebrate.
For our reconnaissance mission we needed a car. That was a mission in and of itself! Almost every car rental place in the Mobile area were out of cars!!!! We finally found one but one but when we got there with the marina’s courtesy car there was none. Alas we did finally find one at the airport that had just been dropped off.
Our mission was to survey our next anchorage and marina.
First stop Dauphin Island at the southern bottom of Mobile Bay so checkout an anchorage. Of course we had to do the tourist thing too.
Next stop is across the Mobile Bay.
On to check out marinas on the east side of Mobile Bay. We touristed the gulf side of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach the wandered back along the ICW (intercoastal waterway).
We HAD to stop at Homeport Marina http://www.homeportmarina.net/ owned by Lucy Buffet, Jimmy Buffet’s crazy sister. The marina definitely has a Buffet feel!
The Battle of Mobile Bay of August 5, 1864 was an engagement of the American Civil War in which a Union fleet commanded by Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, assisted by a contingent of soldiers, attacked a smaller Confederate fleet led by Admiral Franklin Buchanan and three forts that guarded the entrance to Mobile Bay.
A paraphrase of his order, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” became famous. Farragut’s actual order was “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells. Captain Drayton, go ahead! Jouett, full speed!”.
Some of you might have been aware Mary is on a sabbatical from work. BSC benefits allowed her to take 90 days for a personal sabbatical. These past 82 days have given her the opportunity to see if Looping really works for her and the family. She is kinda of a workaholic and having family close is pretty important to her. The aftermath of Hurricane Michael has also been a discussion point. Her choice this morning was get a rental car and head north to Minnesota or get back on the boat.
NO MORE FLIP FLOPPING!!!!!!!!! Mary finally made a decision. She is still here on the boat tonight and retiring from work.
Mark Twain : “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore! Dream! Discover!”
Dash to Dauphin Island. Dauphin Island is between Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Later on towards evening
Brain Clutter Noun. nurdle (plural nurdles) A blob of toothpaste shaped like a wave, often depicted on tooth paste packaging.
Mary spent the morning catching up the blog. Dale was more industrial.
When ever the courtesy car is available… WE TAKE IT. Today we quickly cruised part of downtown Mobile the two hours we had it. (30 minute there/30 minutes back = look around for 1 hour 🙂 )
Good Bye to Friends
It has been fun traveling with our friends. Alas, we must go different directions. Hopefully we will catch up down the loop.
From the Brits
Honeymoon – was the month after a wedding, when the bride’s father would give the groom all the mead he wanted. Mead is a honey beer while the Babylon calendar was a lunar calendar. The Babylonians started calling the month the “honey month”.
Fortnight – The Germanic ancestors of our English language counted the passing of time in terms of nights rather than days as we do in many modern civilizations. their name for a period of two weeks was feowertyne niht, or ‘fourteen night.’ This term was in use well before 1000 CE in Old English. It was progressively shortened (and the spelling of night modernized) to fortnight in the 17th century.
October 24, 2018 Wednesday Dog River Marina, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL 0 nautical miles
Elevation: -2 feet I really do not understand why the elevation reads -2 feet. We ARE above sea level.
WOO WOO. We went to two of our favorite stores and neither was a Walmart. It made us feel kinda like we were back in Minnesota again.
Dog River Marina and Shipyard
We have to walk through the shipyard every time we go to West Marine. We were there at least 3 times today.
We finally bought chain for the anchor rode. They gave us a sample to try on our windlass. It fit! West Marine wanted $6.99 a foot for the 5/16″ISO HT, Grade 43 galvanized chain. They price matched a store we found online for $2.59 per foot. WOO WOO! We should have it next Tuesday.
We also bought a few new fender lines and lines to make an anchor bridle (more on that another day).
We used the marina courtesy car to go to Costco and the Brits joined us. Dang, being Costco made us feel like we were in Minnesota. We couldn’t find the crack cinnamon bread but we found Dave’s Amazing Bread. WOO WOO!
Impromptu evening concert
Grand Mariner Marina & Restaurant, Mobile Bay, Mobile, AL – Impromptu evening concert performed on sailing vessel ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’. Della entertained us all with country western cello music. She is a professional musician. She and her husband John came over to our marina in their dingy earlier in the day and invited us all over for a concert. We had met them the night before in a restaurant.
Per our Brit friends Steve and Diane on GOOD DAY, British butlers and man servants are called by their last name and the chauffeurs and drivers are called they their first name. They didn’t employ any themselves so I’m not sure if I should believe them 😉. I argued Batman called his manservant buy his first name Alfred. Steve said Batman is an American and to go watch Dalton Abbey.
HAHA. Mary always has Dale make transient slip reservations because she likes to hear the marinas give Dale grief when he has to tell them our boat name. (We have reservations at Dog River Marina in Mobile Bay, AL for 24-Oct-18)
Bobby’s Fish Camp, Black Warrior-Tombigbee Waterway mile 118.9 – 7:10 AM 43 degrees. A week ago were a little afraid of heading South too fast because it might still be too hot. WRONG. It’s dang near cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey!
Locked Down! (our last lock)
We are through the last lock on the western Waterways and Rivers. Coffeeville Lock mile 116.6 LAST ONE! Water over the dam. We have tides to monitor from this point south.
Along the Way
WOO WOO!!!! Saw our first alligator around mile 60?. He was too quick for pictures.
Barges and Bends
We’ve been spoiled the last week or so as there has not been a lot of barge traffic. Now that we dropped through the Coffeeville Lock there is a considerable amount of tow traffic. I bet we’ve easily met a dozen or more today. The barges and barge rafts are smaller than what we encountered on the Illinois and the Mississippi Rivers. Two times today Almost all of the tow captains are extremely considerate. But every now and then we encounter a cranky tow captain who will not respond to a hail.
HAHA. Dale had to translate between the towboat captain with a heavy Southern accent the Brits on GOOD LIFE.
Fortunately there were NO sandbars
Freeze the Balls Off a Brass Monkey: Cannon balls where piled on deck beside the cannon, pyramid fashion, and retained in a ring called a brass monkey. If the weather was very cold the brass ring would contract faster than the iron cannon balls, thus causing some of them to topple.
Please feel sorry for us. It was 51 degrees this morning when we rolled out of bed at 8:00 am.
Waking up in this crisp weather reminds me of sleeping on the porch at our Lake Elmo home. At least there we could dash into a warm house.
Along the way
The day was bright and sunny but we needed to wear our jackets all day. Mary wore her gloves.
Bobby’s Fish Camp
Check this one off my bucket list. (Don’t worry about it not being on yours)
Out for a Walk
Tales from the Loop
This is why we do not have a dog on our boat. We have traveled with the below people and become friends. We had our first Looper docktails with them on ESTHER GIRL.
Subject: Alabama River Cutoff anchorage Mile 53—A cautionary tale
Posted by: Edith Mason on 10/19/2018 at 10:10 AM
After leaving Bobby’s Fish Camp, we anchored here overnight on October 18th. We are not fond of anchoring, which usually involves threats of murder, plane tickets home, divorce or all of the above. As you can see from the photo, it was a beautiful anchorage, with plenty of depth and good holding. Plenty of room. Lots of wildlife—including alligators. Ideal for Loopers without 4-legged crew who need to go ashore. And therein lies the story.
About 9pm our ship’s dog Bee needed her nightly trip to shore. We had read on Active Captain about having to go back out to the river to take a dog ashore, and about the alligators—verified by a local fisherman. So we head out in the dinghy with Bee, flashlight, leash and an honor guard of mosquitoes. Seeing a likely-looking patch of river shore, Pat bumps the dinghy ashore and Bee and I hop off.
The likely-looking ground was actually mud—quicksand mud—and I immediately sank to my thighs. Which then caused me to lose my balance and fall backwards into it, all the while holding onto Bee’s leash and the dinghy line and projecting some very salty language into the quiet evening. I couldn’t seem to extricate myself from this dire situation-every time I moved, I went down deeper. I knew that alligators had heard my distress calls and would be coming soon to eat both me and Bee. Pat could not get off the dinghy or we would both be in the same fix. Finally, I was able to pull myself up and through the mud with the dinghy line and get on board. Bee got on too, both if us covered in mud that looked like chocolate coolwhip and stuck to you like tar. (There was no opportunity or inclination for picture-taking, so you’ll have to create your own visual.)
Back at the boat Pat hosed us down on the swim platform with some very cold water, just to add insult to injury.
To top it all, Bee was so traumatized by all this that little or nothing was achieved ashore. And thus ends my tale of the Alabama Cutoff.
If you ever used the phrases, “kill with kindness”, “neither rhyme nor reason”, “into thin air”, “one fell swoop”, “sweets for the sweet”, or “tower of strength”, then you’ve quoted Shakespeare!
I have heard there are NO MORE SPIDERS once we hit salt water 😊 Can this be true?
Full speed ahead (actually 8.2 kts)! We are heading to Mobile. It will take us ~ 4 days. Most of it will be without internet or phone.
Along the Way
On the Hook
Bashi Creek is quite narrow with trees with log encroaching into the water. It was a challenge getting the primary anchor to set. In tight places like this you also have to set a stern anchor to prevent swinging into shore or other boats. We couldn’t get the stern anchor to hold either. Eventually we tied to a tree. What made it even more interesting is the breeze blowing up the creek is much stronger than the current flowing down the creek.
Tales from the Loop
Sailboat BALUGA goes over Lock 16 in Muscatine IA on Monday 15 Oct 2018. The below scoop is from a Looper who knows him….
We are very hard pressed if we have to anchor above a dam.
Brain Clutter: In the days of Columbus, the tonnage of a ship was not a matter of weight but of the number of wine casks (tuns), measured one meter by a meter and a half, that a ship could carry. The flagship on his final journey was the 70-ton La Capitana.
First the bottom line info and then the story. We are off to Mobile, AL tomorrow. It will take about 4 days to get there. The area does not have good cell service because it is so remote. You might not here from us for a couple of days so don’t panic.
A walk in the woods
Milton from Looper boat HERE’S AN IDEA took us on a native trees and plants nature walk this morning. The next few pics are trees native to this area that we don’t find in Minnesota.
Out and About
Spiders and lobsters belong to the invertebrate phylum Arthropoda. In the 19th century, it was considered cruel and unusual punishment to serve lobster to prisoners, as lobsters were basically the 1800s equivalent of rats.
Yes Dear holds 300 gallons of fuel. She gets about 1.5 miles per a gallon at 8 knots. General guide lines for planning fuel consumption: 1/3 to get there 1/3 to get back and 1/3 for buffer. Our ‘safe range’ for the big jump is ~300 miles at 8 kts in ideal weather.
Option1 – The jump from Carabelle, FL to Tarpon Springs, FL is approximately 180 miles, ~22 hours at 8 knots. The challenge is to getting a weather window to get to Carabelle and another weather window shortly after for the big jump to Tarpon Springs.
Option2 – The jump from Pensacola, FL to Tarpon Springs, FL is approximately 280 miles, ~35 hours at 8 knots. The first challenge is getting a 2-3 day weather window. The second challenge is someone being awake to pilot the boat for 35+ hours. Don’t know about you all but Dale and I have driven through the night a couple of time. The first couple of shifts aren’t so bad. The later ones are. Sometimes we’ve even had to pull into a parking lot and both of us snooze before we continue on. Pulling into a parking lot is not an option crossing the Gulf.
Option3 – Some version of putting the boat on the hard for a period of time…..
Today we learned…
A lot of peoples’ livelihood is at stake with the waterways out of commission. The marinas need and want and need the Loopers to come through.
Coast Guard closure of the ICW (Intercostal Waterway) between Panama City and Carrabelle is for commercial vessels; not pleasure crafts. Coast Guard has warned ATONs (aids to navigation) are missing and misplaced due to hurricane. There is also a lot of debris in the water. Navigate with caution!
Panama City – Fuel docks are functional at one of the marinas. A couple have limited transient dockage available. Internet connection is still down, so all fuel sales must be in cash.
The Panama City News Herald reported yesterday that Gulf Power expects to have power restored to Panama City by October 24th.
Port St Joe Marina – Still assessing the damage there. It is extensive, and they currently have no timeline for recovery.
Carrabelle, FL – Power had been restored to most of Carrabelle. This is the city from which most Loopers jump across the Gulf. Docks were damaged at two of the marinas, but not extensive and both expect to be repaired soon. The fuel docks are down at both marinas, but one expects to have their pumps back in operation as early as Tuesday.
Out and about – Downtown Demopolis
This square was the site of the Rooster Auction in 1919 raising money to build a bridge. It was a fantastical event from which people came from all over. There were three special trains to bring the thousands of guests, including the entire state legislature. Around a centrally located fountain within the square, stadium-style seating for 10,000 was erected specifically for the event and disassembled afterward. Half of the park was said to have been covered in chicken coops.
At the early part of the 20th century, the Dixie Overland Highway Association was looking to complete a major road from Savannah, Ga., to San Diego, Calif. The only spot along the route without a bridge was between Marengo and Sumter counties in Alabama. A ferry connected them.
Frank Derby, of York, came up with the idea for a rooster auction in 1919 to help the State Department in building a bridge across the Tombigbee River. At that time cock fighting was both legal and popular.
President Woodrow Wilson’s rooster sold for the astronomical price of $44,000.00 which was big money back then. The Montgomery group that bid for President Wilson’s rooster never paid the pledge. The attendance of President Wilson has been the only time that a president has visited Marengo County. One account of the day says that Helen Keller’s “little blue hen” sold for $15,000.00. Over 900 roosters were sold. $200,000+ was pledged, but most was not collected.
No one knows how much money was made by the birds because of the records not being kept very well and a great deal of the money was never paid after the bids had been made. About $45,000.00 was turned over to the State Department after the heavy expenses of the sale. The bridge was opened May 15, 1925. It was 988 feet long and constructed by a firm out of New Orleans.
The bridge at first was named “Memorial Bridge,” although no one in the area ever called it that, said Chaney. Everyone always referred to it as the “Rooster Bridge.”
The old Rooster Bridge was demolished in 1980 after being replaced by a new bridge located a short distance up river.
Demopolis, AL Round about
Docktails were followed by a rousing round of cribbage at our boat with HERE’S AN IDEA Milton and Julie. Boys against Girls. Women spanked the men twice but the men came back in the third game to skunk the women.
The pegs for scoring in cribbage are also known as “spilikins.”
A “Plan B” has been under discussion for the past couple of days as we hear more and more fall out from Hurricane Michael. The key area for jumping across the Gulf has been trashed. Like everyone else marinas are trying to pull it back together. Think about it. Marinas are probably low on the list. Restoring emergency service, hospitals, police departments, fire departments, electricity, power …………….. marinas …………….. The hydrography will have also changed. The intercoastal waterways will all have to be resurveyed Waterways, canals dredged and waterway markers replaced.
About one third of the Loopers we have talked to are hands down going to continue and cross over the Gulf. We watched a Katie Krogan tug load 1800 gallons of diesel. They will definitely not have a problem. Some have already put their boats in storage, but most are like us. Still pushing south while waiting for more news and trying to sort it out. We hope to reach a decision by a week from now, Oct 24.
Out and About the Marinas
No day in a marina is complete without a run to Walmart
I never used to be a big Walmart shopper before we started the Loop. Now it’s one of the highlights when we stop at a marina. Watch for me in the next email chain that has pictures of Walmart shoppers.
Our dock neighbors invite us for home roasted peanuts they were just pulling out of the oven. WOO WOO.
Tales from the Loop: Looper boat GOOD DAY from October 13/14 stayed on at Blue Bluff Recreational Area for an other day after we left. A 50 foot boat with a 5 foot draft attempted to dock later that day. Didn’t work so well. BoatUS tow earned a little money …… Our draft is 3.9 but we always say 4. It was close for us.
Brain Clutter: The ancient Carthaginians fought off Roman ships in 300 B.C. by catapulting live snakes at them.
Blew it. Yesterday when we came into the little bay to anchor it had a lot of plant life all over the water. It was cloudy and drab so I decided to wait for the perfect first light picture today. HA! The gentle wind last night blew all the floating plant life into shore. It’s still cloudy and drab.
Off to a great start. We met the first tow boat and barge right outside our anchorage. All of the barges have been small as they are constrained by the size of the locks.
We discovered the below passenger under our Bimini top before we made it to the first lock.
Tenn-Tom Waterway – passenger (big moth)
Howell Heflin Lock and Dam mile 266.1
The waterway we are currently on has a lot of names. Depending on which chart we are looking at it is called” Tenn-Tom Waterway River Section, Tombigbee River and Lake Demopolis. It has definitely been widened but a lot of ox bows still remain.
White Cliffs of Alabama, near Epes, AL Tombigbee River approx. miles 248-249
The White Cliffs are a chalk cliff, roughly one mile long, that is composed of a geological layer known as the Demopolis Chalk Formation, part of the Selma Group. The cliffs were deposited about the geological time as the White Cliff of Dover, England. The upper portions of the cliff stood almost 80 feet above the river before the construction of the Demopolis Lock and Dam downriver. It now averages about 30 feet above the river.
We saw other white cliffs along the way but none as spectacular as these.
At mile 217.0 just north of Demopolis, AL we officially left the Tenn-Tom Waterway and entered the Black Warrior- Tombigbee Waterway.
WE ARE OUT OF THE DITCH!!!
Demopolis Yacht Basin
Good advice from one of the Loop legends
“I don’t worry about anything I don’t personally have control over! It doesn’t do you any good to worry about things out of your control. You waste your energy to solve problems if they do arise! The Loop is not hard…. enjoy it! You are not gonna die, if you play safe.
~ Herb Seaton
Herb is a 1,000 miles from completing his 2nd Loop SOLO on a 53 foot boat. We were on his boat for docktails at Aqua Yacht Harbor.
While people are still trying to figure out the impact of Hurricane Michael to Loop travelers everyone is bolting for Demopolis, AL. A lot of insurance policies prohibit passage south of Demopolis, AL on the Tenn-Tom Waterway until November 1 when ‘hurricane season’ ends. Our insurance policy will permit us to continue on.
We had planned on staying in Columbus, MS for another day to explore the areas and see the antebellum homes it is known for. However, at the moment we are near the front of the Looper pack and there are approximately 8-10 slips still available at this time. We are on the list at Demopolis Marina list with fingers crossed. There is ~120 miles and 3 locks between Columbus, MS to Demopolis, MS which means we need at least 1 overnight anchorage.
OK, why the still the rush if our insurance will let us travel further south? The Looper convention is over Thursday. This will let about 100 Looper boats through the locks like one giant flush all flowing the same direction. The thing is, Hurricane Michael’s impact on the Gulf passage for Looper’s has not yet been figured. We, like all the other Looper boats need a Plan B, Demopolis, is a good place to hole up and figure it out.
Along the Way on Tenn-Tom Waterway River Section
This part of “The Ditch” River Section is definitely river-like. The Tombigbee River has been widened and straightened to accommodate barge traffic. Dikes are used intermittently.
Welcome to Alabama. Alabama/Mississippi State Line – first time at mile 313.5. HA. We zig-zagged between Alabama and Mississippi for the next 3 miles before entering Alabama for good at mile 310.8.
Two Today (Locks)
John Stennis Lock mile 334.7, MS
Tom Bevill Lock and Dam mile 306.8, AL
Looper boat COSTAL KARMA joined us at Tom Bevill Lock. Locks have a way of bunching Loopers together. We cruised right into the lock but unfortunately COSTAL KARMA had about a 30 minute wait in the lock for us to get there.
We can definitely feel the difference in the cupped props that were put on a couple days ago in Aqua Yacht Marina. Idle speed is much faster at 5.2 kts. Dale has had to adjust his docking and locking techniques so that we don’t come in too hot. The upper RPMs are about the same.
Canal section of “The Ditch” continued
I continued to be amazed at all the trees and tree stumps in the water outside of the dredged canal, to where water fills to the natural hillsides for shallow lakes.
Entry into the River Section mile 366.3
At mile 366.3 we left the Canal Section of the Tenn-Tom Waterway and entered into the River Section. When we hit the River Section the water depth dropped quite a bit as were back to part of a real river, the Tombigbee River. This section of “The Ditch” leverages parts of the Tombigbee River, other natural waterways and straightens out big ox bows. It became a little more populated and commercial.
We over nighted with GOOD LIFE on a free dock in Blue Bluff Recreational Area near Aberdeen, MS
The Locks – 3 in one day! Second day in a row.
Cookie cutter locks. They all look alike!!!!!! Must have used the same blue print on all the locks in “The Ditch”. (You get pictures anyway)
Fulton Lock and Dam mile 391.0 – first lock of the day
57 degrees this morning in the salon when we got up. The cold front definitely settled in. Dale wore long pants the first time since we left Minnesota.
First kill of the day was at 7:37 am: A giant spider hiding in my electric range when I went to make French Toast. Second kill of the day was at 8:27 am: a fly.
Full of the days optimism we pulled our anchor too soon, before we called the lock. They were closed to complete 3-4 hours maintenance so we spent the morning exploring finger coves and free drifting. All in all not a bad place to wait. Bay Springs Lake is pretty and the weather was more than cooperative.
A 3 in one day (3 locks in one day even after a 4 hour wait)
By the time the Jamie Whitten Lock opened around 12:30 pm there were four of us ready to go. COSTAL KARMA, GOOD LIFE, none-Looper boat Journey. We ran through three locks all about 6-8 miles apart. The lock masters try to coordinate the passage so that the next lock is open and ready when you get to it
We completed the 32 mile long “Divide Cut” shortly after exiting the Jamie Whitten Lock and started the 44 mile Canal Section a.k.a Chain of Lakes Segment.
In the “Canal Section” the canal actually sits on the side of the hill with the hill acting as one side of the canal and the levee the other. This created a bunch of small, very shallow lakes. For cost saving certain areas they did not clear stumps. Just cleared tree tops. In some areas, the trees were left standing.
Failure of this levee would not only flood the adjacent land to the west, but also drain the canal.
Canal Section Locks
Midway Marina mile 393.8
The 4 hour delay at the Jamie Whitten Lock meant we needed to stay in Fulton Marina as there were no anchorages in this area we felt comfortable anchoring out in with all the tree stumps.
Tales from the Loop: SEA COWBOY’s anchor (the Looper boat behind us on the dock) twisted free at 4:00 am last night when a squall came through. It spun him 180 degrees. Anchor didn’t hold and he drifted into GOOD DAY (the Looper boat ahead of us on the dock). They weren’t very social to each other.