Of Locks and Logs (Day 81)

We are anchored tonight in front of a lock — a first for us. We’re here because our first and second options were blocked by submerged and semi-submerged logs. That’s the thing about boating. You have to expect the unexpected, and leave options open. We’re staring at the Aberdeen Lock, maybe 600 feet away, on … Continue reading Of Locks and Logs (Day 81)

Into The Tombigbee (Days 79-80)

Fog. Cold. Spiders. Long straightaways. Three locks in one day. And yet, quite fun! We’ve entered the man-made segment of the inland waterway section of The Great Loop, heading downstream again for the first time in 20 days. It’s the most relaxing part of the trip so far – notwithstanding a cold morning without heat, … Continue reading Into The Tombigbee (Days 79-80)

Shiloh (Day 78)

I remember the day I realized that the Civil War is not “just history.” I was in my early 30s, still on active duty and based on the East Coast. Being a born explorer, I began to explore the many battlefields in the area — not because battles interest me but because history does. I’d … Continue reading Shiloh (Day 78)

To Pickwick (Days 76-77)

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 … Continue reading To Pickwick (Days 76-77)

Into Tennessee (Days 72-73)

Bible verses and Trump flags and a southern drawl. That’s what I’m noticing more of now. (And ruins in the river.) Maybe it’s because of where we stayed last night. We are in Tennessee, more than 1,500 miles from our start in Keweenaw Bay on Lake Superior, and the southern accent is getting thicker … … Continue reading Into Tennessee (Days 72-73)

Paris Landing (Day 71)

Not every day on The Great Loop is a great day. Just like life on land, there are days you just sort of get through, and wonder when it will become fun again. There are days when your heart can’t receive the beauty that your eyes do, and you wonder when you will be “fully … Continue reading Paris Landing (Day 71)

Panther Bay (Day 70)

Tonight, I’m not upset that darkness falls so early as I sit on the fly bridge to watch meteors fall in the sky above, and a star-beam compete with a moon-beam in the water below. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a star-beam before! I’ve seen just one meteor so far, but still. All … Continue reading Panther Bay (Day 70)


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