We left Demopolis on November 18. I wrote about our first day in my last entry and this one will pick up with day 2.
We had a very quiet night at our first anchorage. There was not even a whisper of wind. The bad news about that is that we awoke to thick fog. We had to stay in place for a while to give us any visibility. The good news is that with today's electronics, we could see any approaching tows and they could see us on AIS. We also know our GPS position exactly, so we did not have to worry about getting run down. The other thing is no boats move in this stuff, so we all just sat and waited it out for about an hour after daylight.
|"Elizabeth" in the fog|
|Fog starting to break up around the small island|
We had a very calm and uneventful day. We passed a number of tows, but the river got wider making that very easy.
|This is Day 2 in a single picture. We had perfectly calm water and lots of birds to watch. It was a beautiful day.|
We cruised along and checked out a number of anchorages along the way. I am taking notes for future reference. The anchorages will change a great deal depending on the level of the water.
We had chosen a stop at mile 123 called Okatuppa Creek. We had spent two nights at this anchorage back in March and we loved it. I think it was better this time. We cruised right in and set both our bow anchor and a stern anchor to keep us against the bank in 8 feet of water. We did have a couple of fishermen come by, but other than that, it was beautiful and calm and quiet. Just after we got anchored, Elizabeth hailed us on the VHF and asked if there was room for them. We said sure and they dropped their hook at the mouth of the small creek.
|Our view off the bow in Okatuppa Creek|
|Our view aft in Okatuppa Creek. You can see "Elizabeth" anchored behind us. You can see we are totally protected from any passing boats in the main river. |
We were now only 7 miles north of the second lock at Coffeeville, Alabama.
|Our second and last lock of the trip at Coffeeville. On the other side of these gates is tidal water and we are now at sea level.|
|"C-Bird" was the boat that hailed us from Bobby's Fish Camp. |
|The entrance to Old Lock One|