Friday, October 16, 2009
a.m. Departed Grand Harbor Marina/Counce, TN
p.m. Arrived Midway Marina/Fulton, MS
travelled: 56 miles
Weather: Low 49 High
54; windy & cold, sun for approx. 10 minutes but
Today began our journey down the Tennessee Tombigbee
waterway which links the Tennessee River to the Gulf
of Mexico. Before arriving at our marina for the
night we had to go through 3 locks, Whitten, Montgomery
and Rankin. There was a total of 8 boats travelling
through each lock. Since there was no barge traffic,
each lock was ready for us when we arrived. The
lockmasters on the Tenn-Tom request that as many boats
as possible lock through at the same time. As
a result, at the first lock we waited for approximately
45 minutes for the 8th boat to arrive and lock down
with us. It was cold and windy on the water today
but we were grateful that there was no rain. Six
of the boats all came into Midway Marina for the night.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Departed Midway Marina
1:00 Arrived at Aberdeen Marina
travelled: 35.8 miles
Weather: Low 45,
high 54; cold & windy again, approx. 1/2 hour of
The lockmaster wanted us all at the lock by 7:30
so we were up and underway by 7:10. We had to
transit 3 locks before arriving at our destination marina.
There were 6 boats from the marina so we travelled
in a group through each lock. We travelled through each
lock without delay. Coming into Aberdeen Marina
is an experience as you have to travel a winding s-shaped
curve through old stumps before you even seen the marina
tucked way back in. However, the channel is well
marked and it is quite pleasant at the marina. We
all got diesel fuel here and that whole process took
is the entrance channel to Aberdeen Marina. That
is a left side green marker on the entrance,
channel hooks left around behind the trees at the right
side of this picture.
is the rather unique fuel dock at the Aberdeen Marina.
Best diesel prices on the Tenn-Tom
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Departed Aberdeen Marina
Arrived at Columbus Marina
Weather: Low 44, high 65;
cold north wind but sunny with blue skies
Since we only had 1 lock today and a relatively short
distance to travel, we left later than usual. Again,
we had a wonderful day on the water. Upon arrival
at the marina, we learned that Larry & Theresa Valentine
(Lauren Grace) were here. They were at our marina for
1 month this past summer. Later, Susann &
Alan Syme (Kaos) arrived. We met them 2 years
ago at Chattanooga. It was nice to see both couples
once again. After settling in, we walked with
Nancy & Bill & Stella (dog).
small group of many groups of pure white pelicans that
live near the Columbus marina.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Low 44, high 75, sunny with blue skies
We are still at Columbus, MS. Today the girls
used the courtesy van (it only quit once) and made a
grocery run to Walmart. Most marinas have a courtesy
car - usually they are old beaters but so far they have
also served us well. At lunch, 6 of us took the
van to downtown Columbus for lunch followed by a quick
walk in the town and then a short drive to see some
of the Antebellum homes. In this restaurant, you
simply order by "meat and 2 sides" or "meat
and 3 sides" etc. You then circle the meat and
the sides you want on a menu copy, and thus tailor your
meal. The food is absolutely excellent. The
guys then used the van to do their shopping run to town.
customers leaving the Cafe on Main restaurant. Wonderful
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Low 44, high 78; sunny with blue skies
Another beautiful day in Columbus. As a group
we took the courtesy van to Proffitt's Porch for lunch.
It is in the middle of nowhere and although they
have a varied and excellent menu, they are noted for
their red beans and rice with andouille sausage. Sharon,
Delila, and Brenda walked after lunch. The rest
of the day was spent doing laundry and other house keeping
tasks. Brenda made chicken chili to share with
everyone tonight for dinner.
Tomorrow we are heading down river and will anchor
out tomorrow night so we may not have any internet service
to update our website.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Depart Columbus Marina
3:00 Arrive at anchorage -
Cook's Bend at mile 277
Weather: Low 47, high 79; sunny with
some high cloud cover
Today we had 2 locks; we were delayed by 1 hour at
the first lock while repairs were made to the gate.
Otherwise, we had an uneventful and pleasant journey
to our anchorage.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Departed anchorage - Cook's Bend
2:00 Arrived Demopolis
Distance travelled: 61 miles
Low 60, high 81; windy, sunny with increasing clouds,
front moved in, rain at night
Today was a warm but very windy day on the river.
Again there was a fair amount of debris in the
water. Although it was windy, we all arrived at
Demopolis and got settled in without incident. Tonight
12 boaters went into the town to the Foscue House for
dinner. It is an old home (1840) which was converted
to a very casual style restaurant. Except for
enclosing a porch, the house is the original structure.
I guess you can tell by now that 'loopers' enjoy
gathering to eat together to share stories and experiences.
are the white limestone cliffs that we see on this portion
of the Tenn-Tom.
is a picture of our marina, Demopolis Yacht Basin
Friday, October 23, 2009
Low 64, high 81; clouds in the a.m. with sunny
skies the remainder of the day
We are enjoying a full layover day at Demopolis.
Today we did laundry and other boat tasks. Ken &
Brenda and Bill & Nancie took a 2-hour walk into
the downtown section. There are some very old
and architecturally interesting buildings but like many
other downtowns most of the buildings are empty. Tomorrow
we are leaving at daybreak as we have a long day to
our anchorage (approx 90 miles). We may not have
internet or cell service for 2 to 3 days.
we are on our walk in a nice little park in the heart
of Demopolis. Pretty little city.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Depart Demopolis Yacht Basin TT Mile 216
Arrive Anchorage - Okatuppa Creek TT Mile
Distance travelled: 93 miles
Low=54, high=64; clouds with some wind, changing
to sunny skies in p.m.
Although we left at daybreak because we had a long
travel day, we were delayed at the lock as 12 boats
were all locking down at the same time. However,
the lockmaster was organized and the whole procedure
went smoothly. For the next 100 miles there are
no marinas and very few suitable anchorages. We
anchored at Okatuppa Creek which was an excellent anchorage.
All 5 boats fit into the narrow anchorage and
there was actually room for more. Since leaving
Demopolis we have been travelling on the Black Warrior-Tombigbee
Waterway but the whole waterway is generally just known
as the Tenn-Tom. The shoreline during today's
travel has varied from sandy looking beaches to tree-lined
shores with more spanish moss appearing in the trees.
We were tired when we arrived at our anchorage
and went to bed at 8 p.m. (in the boat world, 9 o'clock
is referred to as 'boater's midnight').
Dragon and Blue Angel in Okatuppa Creek anchorage. Tight,
but protected and pleasant.
in Okatuppa Creek anchorage. He was last in and
that is the Tenn Tom in the background.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Depart anchorage - Okatuppa Creek TT Mile
3:30 Arrive anchorage - Three Rivers Lake TT
Distance travelled: 59.2 miles
Low=46, high=73: very foggy morning then remainder
of day sunny with clouds & blue sky
Although we were up early and had planned to depart
at 7 a.m. we were delayed until 9 a.m. due to very heavy
fog. We went through our last lock today on the
Tenn-Tom Waterway. Instead of dropping down the normal
level of 34 feet we only dropped about 8 feet as the
water level on the Tenn-Tom is quite high. We
have gone through 19 locks since leaving home. We
have been extremely lucky at the locks as we never had
delays due to barge traffic. In fact, we have
not seen too many barges since leaving home. We
will anchor 1 or 2 more nights before arriving in Mobile
depending upon the water conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.
the forest doesn't normally grow out of the river! The
water is very high.
is the somewhat narrow channel leading to the Three
Rivers Lake anchorage.
into Three Rivers Lake, the anchorage is lovely. From
near to far is Last Dragon, Blue Angel, Sundancer, and
Monday, October 26, 2009
Depart anchorage - Three Rivers Lake M63.8
Arrive anchorage - Tensas Cut-off M12.2
travelled: 51.6 miles
high=68; sunny with clouds
After another wonderful anchorage, we are on our
way at 7:30. It was a good day on the water. There
continues to be some flotsam due to the high water level.
We saw a huge construction project at one point
along the river and reportedly it is a German steel
company who is locating here.
is a small part of the ThyssenKrupp plant being built
in Alabama near Jackson.
looks like Yucca Plants on the shoreline down here.
at Tensas River Cutoff was wide and inviting. Lots
of room for many boats.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Still at Tensas Cut-off anchorage
Low=63, high=75; rainy changing to high clouds &
Because the weather in Mobile Bay did not sound great,
we decided to stay at our anchorage for another day.
However, Blue Angel decided to leave today as
they need to get to Panama City. Due to illness
in the family, they will leave their boat in Panama
City and travel by car to Michigan. Sundancer
(Ray & Delila) decided to leave as well and follow
Blue Angel as far as Lulu's on the intracoastal. Both
boats reported back that travel on Mobile Bay was smooth
so I guess we could have gone after all.
good friends Jim and Sharon Angel on "Blue Angel"
leaving Tensas cutoff. We're sorry to lose them.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Depart anchorage at Tensas Cut-off M12.2
Arrive Eastern Shore Marina/Fairhope, AL
travelled: 28 miles
high=74; foggy, then sunny
Approximately 45 minutes after we left our anchorage
we had to stop due to very heavy fog. We had to
stop and wait for 45 minutes for the fog to lift. Once
the fog lifted we were on our way to Mobile Bay. It
was rather exciting to pass through Mobile and into
Mobile Bay. We have now completed the TennTom
portion of our voyage and are beginning the next phase
of our logbook. We are now in salt water with
tides. Our trip across Mobile Bay was quite pleasant
with just a light chop and we arrived in Fairhope, AL
before lunch. Thankfully, we only had to dodge
a few crab pots.
the Mobile Bay Harbor from the Tenn-Tom is pretty impressive.
is a picture of the Convention Centre on the waterfront.
is a company called Austal that builds these high-tech
low radar profile ships for the military.
This ends the Tennessee-Tombigbee
part of our adventure. From now on, the Panhandle
will be the section we will report on. Use that
button on the Logbook page.