I preface today’s entry with the comment I hate Microsoft and follow that up with a curse on Verizon and the product development team which invented the “jetpack”. That device and the hassle that is Microsoft serve to absolutely annihilate any data plan you might think would be reasonable to support a modest level of blogging. Not to mention the continual upgrade requirements foisted on the technology challenged!
OK, so I also forgot to follow-up on the TBC (to be continued) reference over the water system. While it could have been a disaster, turned out N had simply disconnected one of the wires to the water switch while monkeying around removing panels associated with some other project. Nothing like an easy fix (in this case plugging the wire back onto the switch lead) to drive a bit of confidence and inspire the crew to believe you know what you’re doing! Bottom line….no water problem.
We woke this morning at anchor in this beautiful little cut off the main lake. Turns out much of the rock for the dam was quarried from cuts like this one so although the entrances look skinny, there is plenty of water to safely anchor.
This particular anchorage was as deep as 50’ in places despite being less than 50 yards wide in spots. There were also shallower spots more amenable to anchoring.
Of course, just because it’s deep doesn’t mean it’s without problems! In this case, I’m delighted to report it wasn’t OUR problem, but our “sister boat” who got their anchor stuck. Now it’s good for your anchor to “stick” when you want it to stick, but you want it to unstick when you want it to unstick. Project time! We tried all sorts of pulling, tugging, wrapping lines around trees on shore for leverage, etc, etc… to get free. Nothing worked. Cutting the line was always an option, but they were anchored in only 15’ of water so N volunteered to jump in the water and take a closer look. Following the chain down he found the anchor caught up in a submerged tree and easily freed it.
Not such a big problem after all….and earned a free lunch later that day!
After that excitement we headed to back to the dock to take the car into Tuscaloosa to visit the University of Alabama (the Crimson Tide). This state is insane over Alabama football and N has been delighting in assuring anyone in Alabama gear we chat with that UW is going to “own them” come January.
It’s cooling down quite a bit now. Tomorrow we’re off back downriver to Demopolis where will re-join the loop and begin the final push to the Gulf.