Today, we touched Mississippi and Alabama. Tonight, we’re on the border of Alabama and Tennessee.
Lately, we’re not sure which state we’re in!
Stop #48 of Many Moons‘ journey to the deep south finds us near the intersection of three states, at Grand Harbor Marina just off Pickwick Lake. When we leave here, we will be in Alabama or Mississippi all the way down to the Gulf.
Unless we take a detour into Tennessee. Choices, choices!
We traveled less than 50 miles in the past two days, but they were memorable miles – particularly going through Pickwick Lock with five other boats. We’ve heard stories of people waiting three hours or more to get through that lock. We accepted another 6 a.m. wake-up call and joined a group in order to increase our chances of a quick lock-through. It worked. I’m grateful to our fellow Loopers, anchored miles apart the night before, for their coordination and communication.
By the way, our anchorage that night before was beautiful — but somewhat risky, in hindsight. We tucked into a small creek (see previous post), and the water fell about two feet overnight. The water rises and falls with dam openings and closures, and I admit that I’d not checked the website that tracks such things. Fortunately, we had no trouble leaving the creek, having a shallow keel — but our boat-mate had a deeper keel and a trickier time of it. He reported just 1-2 feet of water under him as he navigated out of the creek and into the river. Photos and captions below.