Kennswick to Kaskaskia on the Mississippi
23 October 2008 | 37.9746 N 89.9357W
50's raining most of the day
Made about 40 miles today to the Kaskaskia Dam - a place Mrs Hoppie had recommended the night before. John was captain today. It was cool and raining steadily . On our way here we encountered several giant whirlpools that we'd been warned about. They have the potential of capturing your vessal and swirling it around several times. You have to radio ahead to see if there are any oncoming barge tugs. We encountered one tug and had the choice to take the barge's wake or enter the whirlpool - the wake was the better choice! The whirlpools seemed to confuse the depth sounders which showed hundreds of feet deep then many erratic readings. The joke of the day came after punching all the buttons on the depth sounder which seemed to recover it - "sometimes you have to just have your buttons punched when your out of sorts" seems to apply to many things in life! At the Kaskasia dem we met a guy on another boat who had learned to sail in South Haven, Mi- our home port. We also met some folks taking a cruiser to Holland, MI, then next port North of home. Seemed to be a Lake Michigan coast crowd here today. Yes, the muddy Mississippi is just that. Lines brought in seem to drip chocolate milk as they dry. Tomorrow's destination - the Ohio River - we're a bit concerned bacause for the first time be going upstream in the Ohio - not too sure how much daily progress we will make.