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