|6am Photos of the Portsmouth Ferry Basin, Cutter Loose and Island Spirit|
- 0600 Wake to buy coffee from the Portsmouth Coffee shop 2 steps off our dock!
- 0730 Depart Portsmouth, South Ferry Basin (way too soon for the bridge 8 miles away)
- 0930 Gilmerton Lift Bridge
- 1100 Enter Deep Creek Lock to be lifted 7' up to the Dismal Swamp
- 1130 Enter the swamp, run 22 miles for the other lock
- 1530 Enter South Mills lock, drop down 7' to Pasquotank River
- 1800 Drop anchor behind Goat Island at mile marker 43
- 1900 Make and serve hot pasta with beef, salad and wine
- 2000 Process 205 digital photos taken today, select the best 12
- 2030 Write this blog post
These are the best photos, to share the experience....
|Our First Bridge, Norfolk Southern Railroad Bridge in the UP position|
|The chaos at the Gilmeton Lift Bridge, 16 sailboats and 6 power yachts|
Race for the bridge opening and the race south is on!
|After the Gilmerton Bridge, you are presented a choice to divert to the Dismal Swamp|
Or keep on straight for the Virginia Cut. Both run south to the ICW
|We chose the SWAMP, where you have to enter Deep Creek Lock|
and be lifted up 7 feet into the Dismal Swamp
|The lock holds 10-15 yachts, we are all rafted up and the lock door is closed|
Within 10 minutes we are all lifted up the 7 feet and the door opens to the Dismal Swamp
|Radeen tending the bow line as we rise up|
Lines need to be pulled in to keep the boat under control as the 1,200,000 gallons enter the lock!
|There we are, lifted up to the top of the dismal swamp|
|The view into the swamp as the lock doors|
|The reflections in the Dismal Swamp are beautiful|
Lucky for us, we were the lead boat or 12
|More reflections and beautiful photos in the swamp|
|Look at that.....a view aft over the stern with the USA flag|
|The sign in the lock showing the mileage|
1,217 miles to Key West......that is where we are going!
|South Mills Lock, 22 miles from the Deep Creek lock|
Time to lock DOWN out of the swamp and into the river
|Lock doors opening and you are at river level|
Welcome to the Pasquotank River, another gem!
|Overhanging trees, and winding river bends, require total attention|
|Finally, we reach GOAT ISLAND and we drop anchor at 1800m hrs|
What a great adventure