Escaping in Retirement

20 October 2017 | Flying through the locks
19 October 2017 | Bay Springs Anchorage
18 October 2017 | Heading into the Tom Bigbee
17 October 2017 | Wolf Island
16 October 2017 | Kelly Island
15 October 2017 | Paris Landing State Park
12 October 2017
03 November 2014 | Warsaw Cutoff
28 October 2014 | Columbus Mississippi
27 October 2014 | Tombigbee River Old channel
25 October 2014 | Midway Marina
23 October 2014 | Grand Harbor Marina--Yellow (Tenn-Tomm
22 October 2014 | Wolf Island
21 October 2014 | Upstream side of Denison Island
21 October 2014 | Little Crooked Creek
20 October 2014 | Light House Landing, Grand Rivers Kentucky
10 October 2014 | Green Turtle Bay--Grand Rivers Kentucky
01 October 2014

Tom Bigbee River Cut off to Columbus Marina

21 October 2017
No Fog finally, not even a wisp. we left around 8:00 again and headed toward Aberdeen Lock. The lake was awful there was grass growing everywhere and 4 miles of that was so bad that it was jerking the steering wheel the whole time. I was so glad that we did not go onto Midway Marina since we saw that it was grass choked. Dave and Windy Smith had been in there a few days earlier and said it was terrible. A sail boater had actually got into the water and pulled the grass off his rudder and prop. I felt worry for the couple in the Island Packet that was following us that turned and went in there. After locking through Aberdeen lock we had some debris water hyacinths and logs floating and stuck in the river bottom (dangerous). We pulled into Columbus Marina around 12:30 PM, hoping to get refueled and spend the night in a covered slip. I had heard that they had dredged the marina fuel dock out. What they did not tell us was that 50 feet out from the dock was 4.5 ft. deep, with no markings of shallow water. I finally managed to free us after 20 minutes finishing what we thought would happen easily

Marcia is pro at Locking through today

20 October 2017 | Flying through the locks
We set a personal best of locking through 6 locks today. It all started when I called the lock master at Whitten and asked when it would be convenient for him to lock us through. He told us to be there in about 30 minutes which we did. He called the other locks heading south and let them know we were coming so we had very very little waits or none as we locked through Whitten, Montgomery, Rankin, Fulton, and Wilkins. Even though that was only 41 miles, it takes time to slowly get into the lock, tie up to a floating bollard, have them drain the water from the chamber, open the doors, and then sound the horn clearing you to leave. Itis amazing what being courteous and saying thank you can do.

Short run to Whitten Lock Anchorage

19 October 2017 | Bay Springs Anchorage
Ran down the 21+ mile ditch and across Bay Springs Lake to anchorage on the other side of point from the locks. Pretty uneventful good anchorage, floated around the 50' of 3/8" chain rode all night. My anchor alert app graphic showed we had drifted all around over and back of the anchor, looked like a drawing from Family Circus.

Aqua Marina

18 October 2017 | Heading into the Tom Bigbee
We left Wolf Island for Aqua Marine via Pickwick lock around 8:30 AM. Turned into "Yellow Creek" about 5:00 PM getting fuel and a pump out at the Marina. Nice marina and appears to have some boaters that like to party during the season. Met a nice guy on a Deflouer that put us onto a great mooring spot right around a point from Whitten Locks.

Creeping ahead on to Wolf Island

17 October 2017 | Wolf Island
We left Kelly Item after the worse part of the fog had lifted. We did enjoy watching all of the fog tornadoes as the sun heated the surface water. Since Pickwick Dam was spilling 50K cu. ft. minute the current was fairly stiff and slowed us down. Since the front had passed the northerly wind laid down so we anchored behind Wolf Island with a bow anchor and plenty of scope. There was a trawler ahead of us and another decided I had left to much room between so he slid in between us not giving a thought as to where my anchor was. Fortunately, for us, he did not snag our chain/rope rode.

Making up Distance

16 October 2017 | Kelly Island
The wind and rain our gone. We left Paris Landing early in the morning and motored all day against an ever increasing current. After 10 hours and having to not anchor where I wanted to because of a dredge we anchored behind Kelly Island at the 143 mile marker. Since there was a 1 or 2 knot current and a steady breeze coming from the other direction we set a bow and stern anchor. Yippee Skippy! Fortunately after we got settled and things quieted down 2 river otters decided to play next to the boat. One eventually went into the water and came back with a good sized fish. The playing stopped and the fighting began, darn kids.

Leaving Lighthouse Landing

15 October 2017 | Paris Landing State Park
Our friends Chet and Joan gave us a send off with fresh muffins from the Light Side Bakery in Grand Rivers. We initially thought that the cold front and rain was not going to be a factor until we got to Paris Landing about 2:00 PM. Were we wrong.....after the wind, rain, temperature dropping several degrees along with some serious short period waves we decided to duck into Paris Landing Marina and spend the night. Hopefully it will be all gone tomorrow.

Pre-departure crush

12 October 2017
We came back from the lake yesterday evening after completing several last minute tasks. As usual we were exhausted with bruises, cuts, and in my case sore ribs (leaning over generator to put more insulation around freezer). Chet, Steve, and Dale all helped with several of the projects. As I set here Marcia and I thought we had a few items left on our to do list..WRONG! We may have to split the list between two phones due to storage limits on the phones...well it is not that bad but It is a little long since we have to shut the house down and stop some services. Nic is supposed to take us to the lake Saturday PM and drop us off and we are planning to "kick the tires and light the fires" (Captain Ron) slip the lines Sunday morning.

Creeping farther South

03 November 2014 | Warsaw Cutoff
William/Chilly
Motored south with a group of other boaters toward Demopolis. Hopefully most of those in a hurry to get further South will have cleared out and there will be a spot for us. Warsaw Cutoff is a deep water anchorage 25 feet where we anchored. The next morning there was a little fog still hovering over the river. As we left the anchorage there were two tows that had pushed up on shore sometime during the night so I suspect that the fog had gotten pretty bad during the night.

Columbus Marina

28 October 2014 | Columbus Mississippi
William / Beautiful Days
We arrived at the Columbus Marina in the early afternoon on the 27th. Intend on spending a few days here since we are within a three day run to Demopolis. There is a large Air Force base here that is training pilots so there are a lot of turbine powered prop planes in single and dual formation flying over.

We have seen a lot of Pelicans in the adjourning marshy area and an abundance of floating lily pads. They are predicting rain tonight and tomorrow so we may stay put for a couple of days. The admiral is already claiming that running in the rain would not be high on the her agenda since we need to kill some time.

We have been treated to a new experience they parked us under a covered slip, it is nice to get out of the direct sun.

Timing arrival in Demopolis

27 October 2014 | Tombigbee River Old channel
Warm days / cool nights
We only ran a short time today after spending time waiting at the locks. We have been traveling to fast for the distance we have to go. According to BoatUS insurance we cannot get south of Demopolis Alabama before November 1. So we anchored in the mouth of the old river channel in 20+ feet of water. I could see some current in the river and didn't think we had a enough swing room so I put out a second anchor. After all was said and done it wasn't needed at all but I slept a whole lot better. Even though the Nitty Gritty book claimed it was soft mud I was afraid that we would have trouble getting the 2nd anchor up. Fortunately, for us I just pulled it up by hand even though it is a Danford made for a 45 foot boat. The main anchor came right up with no mud on it or the chain. We left after spending some time doing the every morning routine of getting the condensation off the strata-glass.

I told Marcia that evening we needed to watch for the monster in the black lagoon (she did not find that comforting). The debris in the river include sticks, walnuts, water lilies, refrigerators (yes), coolers and other assorted human produced packaging, along with some trees that are dangerous to the boat.

Long Day

25 October 2014 | Midway Marina
William/ Long Day
Got to Midway Marina after dark on their Halloween Party night. It is a scary place to get into since there are tree stumps right beside the channel (if you knew where it was). Fortunately for us, they talked us in to the dock, help us get tied up and connect power. Marcia and I both felt that the day was way too long with even though we had waited at a couple of locks for 2 hours.

The people at the marina were all very friendly.
Vessel Name: Kailani
Vessel Make/Model: Beneteau 40
Hailing Port: Benton Illinois
Crew: William and Marcia
About: The Captain and Admiral respectfully.
Kailani's Photos - Main
Pictures from our trip coming south during Oct.-Nov. 2014
27 Photos
Created 9 November 2014