Early morning time.
We got up at 5:30 a.m. to leave when the sun comes up at 6:20 a.m.
That was a very short night.
But we are ready!
We are on a mission.
Get to warmer weather.
Our Evening at Anchor
I slept great.
Sam not so much.
No wonder he sleeps with one eye open when we are anchoring.
You never know.
Leaving Sumter Recreation Area
We left our lovely anchoring spot to head to Kingfisher Bay in Demopolis, Alabama.
It was a cold morning but not 18 degrees cold!
We were the first ones in the anchorage so we were the last one out.
So, Kitumba led the way followed by Serenity Blue and then us as we made our way down to the lock.
Heflin Lock in Gainsville, Alabama
The lock was ready for us and we went right in.
I am still in awe of these marvels.
Cruising on the Tenn-Tom River
I don’t understand those who don’t like the river.
I’ve heard “dangerous” or “boring” or “unpredictable” when they are describing it.
But our experience has been the opposite.
We have loved seeing everything on the rivers.
White Cliffs of Epes
Some days on the river are better than others and this day was spectacular.
We were able to see the White Cliffs of Epes.
And worth the trip.
There were so many amazing sites to see.
More fall colors.
Change in the River
We started out this journey from the anchorage on the Tennessee-Tombigbee River.
When we were near Demopolis, just like on a highway on-ramp, a barge came from the left down the Black Warrior River.
The river we were traveling on became the Tombigbee-Black Warrior.
Kingfisher Bay Marina
We got fuel before we met Anna Marie, the Dock Master, at the slip.
If you have ever talked to Anna Marie you will understand that she runs a tight ship, so to speak.
Don’t offer to help her do anything.
She likes to do things HER way.
And you better not forget after your provision run to Demopolis to stop and put 1/2 gallon of gas in and call her before you bring the courtesy car back.
This is her marina and you will follow the rules.
You have been warned.