The Journey Blog

#78 Niceville, Florida to Panama City, Florida

#78 Niceville, Florida to Panama City, Florida

We woke up early while staying at the Bluewater Marina to a very foggy day. Since we don’t travel in fog, we were just going to have to wait it out. It’s the kind of morning that makes you slow down. Calm rolls in. Extremely peaceful. Leaving Bluewater Marina We...

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#77 Pensacola, Florida to Niceville, Florida

#77 Pensacola, Florida to Niceville, Florida

We woke up to a foggy morning docked at the Bayou Grande Marina which is located at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola. Since Sam has retired from the Air Force, we are able to stay at marina bases. If you are former military, you should check it out. It rained from...

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#76 Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida

#76 Orange Beach, Alabama to Pensacola, Florida

When we left the Wharf the weather was marginal at best. But Sam assured me everything was ok. So off we went. The weather was gloomy but we were not. Today is the day we get to Florida. You know, the sunshine state. Boy are we ready for some! Destination Unknown When...

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#75 Gulf Shores, Alabama to Orange Beach, Alabama

#75 Gulf Shores, Alabama to Orange Beach, Alabama

What a fantastic trip we had today! It's only three and a half miles to get from Lulu's in Gulf Shores to the Wharf in Orange Beach. So we left Lulu's Homeport Marina and turned left to go down the Intracoastal Waterway. We said goodbye to the bridge right by the...

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#74 Mobile, Alabama to Gulf Shores, Alabama

#74 Mobile, Alabama to Gulf Shores, Alabama

We left the Here's To Us!! docked at Dog River Marina in Mobile, Alabama as we flew home to DFW to enjoy our family, friends, and Thanksgiving. We had some maintenance items accomplished while we were away. Now, we are ready to get back to it. Leaving Dog River Marina...

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#73 Tensas River, Alabama to Mobile, Alabama

#73 Tensas River, Alabama to Mobile, Alabama

All good things must come to an end. I guess. After seeing the most beautiful sunset I have ever seen in my life, our perfect anchorage ended like this. Oh man! Come on! It took a bit of ramming that thing with the boat pole and Sam started the engines and proceeded...

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#72 Bobby’s Fish Camp, AL to Tensas River, Alabama

#72 Bobby’s Fish Camp, AL to Tensas River, Alabama

We left Bobby’s Fish Camp bright and early around 6 a.m. It was really cold. I had on two jackets. We were rewarded though with a beautiful sunrise. As I walked around the front of the boat, I slipped and fell hard on my bee-hind. It felt like frost. Not again! We...

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#71 Demopolis, Alabama to Bobby’s Fish Camp, Alabama

#71 Demopolis, Alabama to Bobby’s Fish Camp, Alabama

The alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. this morning. It’s another one of those days. The captains met the night before and decided to go the 96 miles all the way to Bobby’s Fish Camp instead of anchoring somewhere closer. I was all for it. I’m so ready for warmer weather! It...

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#70 Sumter County, Alabama to Demopolis, Alabama

#70 Sumter County, Alabama to Demopolis, Alabama

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. Stat! Our Evening at Anchor I slept great. Sam not so much. Here's why. No wonder he...

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#69 Columbus, Mississippi to Sumter County, Alabama

#69 Columbus, Mississippi to Sumter County, Alabama

The alarm went off at 5:15 a.m. I hit the snooze. Crawled out of bed at 5:20 a.m. Ready for the day. Kind of. We were leaving Columbus Marina and heading to an anchorage in Sumter County, Alabama. It was 18 degrees. That is NOT a typo. It’s for real. When Sam talked...

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#68 Fulton, Mississippi to Columbus, Mississippi

#68 Fulton, Mississippi to Columbus, Mississippi

After having dinner with B-Side the night before, we all decided we would leave at 7 a.m. I love getting an early start so we can get to our destination early. I woke up. It was cold. FROST!?! It was so cold that there was frost all over our boat. There was frost on...

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#67 Counce, Tennessee to Fulton, Mississippi

#67 Counce, Tennessee to Fulton, Mississippi

Sam was leading our two boat convoy. We traveled with B-Side and left Grand Harbor Marina at about 7 a.m. I went up to the bridge and Sam and I were chatting having a great time. Then, thankfully, we noticed, our boat wasn't near the dotted line we were supposed to be...

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#66 Clifton, Tennessee to Counce, Tennessee

#66 Clifton, Tennessee to Counce, Tennessee

We were warned when we checked into the marina. Beware the fog. We really wanted to leave early but the marina owners said it probably wouldn't be possible until after 8 a.m. We got up at 6:30 a.m. Just in case. But everywhere we looked. Fog was rolling around. So we...

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#65 Buchanan, Tennessee to Clifton, Tennessee

#65 Buchanan, Tennessee to Clifton, Tennessee

Today is going to be a very long day. We are planning to travel 95 miles from Paris Landing Marina to Clifton Marina. I dread these long days but we were blessed with a beautiful sunrise. We left at 6:15 a.m. and it was a bit chilly. What a morning! Did I mention it...

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#64 Grand Rivers, Kentucky to Buchanan, Tennessee

#64 Grand Rivers, Kentucky to Buchanan, Tennessee

We left Green Turtle Bay after spending seven nights there. We almost felt like locals. As we were leaving the marina, we saw some fishermen out blocking our way. It didn't take long for them to move over and declare that fishing wasn't going so well. Barclay Canal We...

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#63 Paducah, Kentucky to Grand Rivers, Kentucky

#63 Paducah, Kentucky to Grand Rivers, Kentucky

Today is the day! Jerry and Debbie Rogers aboard Whiskey Business will cross their wake and officially finish the Great Loop. How cool is that? It's the goal of every boat that starts the loop. Few attempt it and then accomplish it. Also, we see people on the Great...

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#62 Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Paducah, Kentucky

#62 Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Paducah, Kentucky

We made it through the rain and woke up to this beautiful morning. But we also woke up to this. Oh boy. There's a beaver dam in front of our boat. That's what the constant rain and strong current brought to us. How nice. Can you believe that? It took all I had jabbing...

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#61 Kaskaskia, Illinois to Cape Girardeau, Missouri

#61 Kaskaskia, Illinois to Cape Girardeau, Missouri

It was much too cold to have a big docktails event with the nine other mostly Looper boats tied to the Kaskaskia Lock wall. So we didn't have a chance to visit with the others to see where they were heading next. I was afraid there were more boats than places to stay....

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#60 Kimmswick, Missouri to Kaskaskia, Illinois

#60 Kimmswick, Missouri to Kaskaskia, Illinois

We had such a great time in Kimmswick. We got parked at Hoppies early enough to get to the Blue Owl Restaurant and Bakery before they closed at 3:00 p.m. They have a famous Levee High Apple Pie and you have to see it to believe it. But then when you taste it, oh my....

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#59 Alton, Illinois to Kimmswick, Missouri

#59 Alton, Illinois to Kimmswick, Missouri

It was time. We had to say goodbye to Alton. Our buy 3 nights get 3 nights free deal was over. We picked up two boats who were traveling our direction, Whiskey Business and Saltaire. Well, right out of the gate, there’s a lock. Usually, I have to get mentally...

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#58 St. Charles, Missouri to Alton, Illinois

#58 St. Charles, Missouri to Alton, Illinois

It's time to get back to business. After being home for three weeks, we flew into St. Louis. Kurt of Uncharted Service located at Polestar Marina, and who worked on our boat, picked us up from the airport. How's that for customer service??? Getting Back We decided to...

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