Up at 5 am. Called the lock -- we have liftoff! Knock on the neighbors door, they're ready and waiting. Feed and walk a dog. Engines on. Turn on running lights, turn on makeshift anchor light, and out we go. We had to wait about 5 minutes at the lock but the doors swung open. We 2 boats went in.
|The land side lock at Wilson. You can see one|
set of door beyond the lower set.
No wonder they don't like to use it.
|She's Got A Phil'n, just when the waters|
started to rise. You can see the crest line.
That green bit on the bow? That's Phil!
Our buddy boat gets underway (Russ helped with their lines) then we do.
As the sun comes up we get to Wilson. Go in, go up quickly, watch the gate
go down... and us falsely start.
We did another lock about 12 miles later. With Phil'n leading the way we toodled through the waters. Sunny, cool, a little breezy. Even through sleepy eyes it was a great morning. Once through the second lock we parted ways. They are continuing to head home. We headed to Joe Wheeler State Park to drop the hook.
We'll be on anchor for a fair bit of the holiday weekend. We think we'll stay here for a day, then explore another bay or two. Lots here to see.
Total lock count: 55