Adventure #1 happened at the Willow Island lock. We hailed them about 3 miles out, and got a "just keep on coming" answer. As we were getting close the doors were opening. We noticed a number of small bass-fishing boats also waiting, right by the lock doors.
|Harsh and Brie, stuck on a boat!|
The rest of the lock went like clockwork -- got next to the bollard, tied up, rode up, and away we went. Brie and Harsh (said niece and soon-to-be-nephew-in-law) were impressed by our communication skills in retrieving the radio.
|The Muskingum River. inQuest is docked there.|
That's where we were able to get fuel.
|The Lock masters house. Lock #1 on the |
Muskingum. No longer used, but adorable!
He got off the boat and check the depth all along the pier (no other boat was there) and agreed we needed to bag the attempt. 3 feet is just not enough for us. We slowly slogged our way out (I'm sure we had some log or piece of wood under the starboard running gear -- I could hear it thump) and got back into the Ohio. About a mile up was an island. We tucked in behind it, dropped and anchor, then made some mushroom stroganoff for dinner.
|I thought this was cool. See the rock foundation of this building?|
It has all these circles. Those are old mill stones.
So, day 1 on the rivers and our guest have already had a number of adventures.
You can see us getting to Sistersville, not quite getting next to the dock,then leaving to go to the anchorage.
Total Lock Count: 23