|Radeen in the Deep Creek Lock|
Lifting up to the level of the Great Dismal Swamp
One of the most diverse section of the Waterway ranges from naval aircraft carriers in drydock to the Deep Creek Lock to the solitude and peaceful beauty of the Great Dismal Swamp. This diversity is what sailors experience as they traverse this 27 miles of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway from Portsmouth VA to South Mills Lock NC.
Our stay in Portsmouth was wonderful as always. It was especially nice as an Island Packet Yachts minivous developed with IP38 It's About Time (Sally and Conrad) and IP350 Kismet (Laurie and Jim) and visiting IP380 Tides Inn (Sue and Mark) joined us all in the South Ferry Basin. We enjoyed happy hour on Island Island Spirit and then strolled up High Street a few blocks to the Commodore Dinner Theater to see, the new movie "Trouble With the Curve." Then we returned to IP38, after the movie, and sampled the Nassau Royale Rum to make sure it was still OK to consume...it was. There is something special about gathering on friends' boats, sharing some stories and learning about the cruising life. Everyone has so much to share and we value and treasure these Island Packet gatherings.
|Island Packet Yachts Minivous in the South Ferry Basin|
|The sign directing you to the Dismal Swamp Route...read that...|
This is our fourth run on the Dismal Swamp, and we love it. We prefer this route over the Virginia Cut, because of the beauty and the reflections the canal presents. I shot 175 photos today and I never seem to capture the true beauty. This really is a boating run you have to make yourself in order to take in this wonderful canal and swamp.
We had planned to run out the lock and another 12 miles to Goat Island, but this time, we docked inside the South Mills lock and will rest here in a charming old town for the night.
Here are a few of the best photos from today ( I shot 175 photos and 6 videos today!)
|Fleet Gathering on IP38 It's About Time|
Radeen, Mark, Sue, Sally, Laurie, Conrad and Jim
|Island Spirit flying the IP Flag over High Street, Portsmouth VA|
|Radeen tending the bow line as we rise up and the lock fills|
|Distance sign in the Deep Creek Lock. We have sailed north to Eastport (Acadia, Maine)|
We have run south to Key West, FL.....WOW...it is long way by boat
|Radeen and Robert, the greatest Lock Tender in the World, a very positive person|
|Welcome to the Dismal Swamp's beauty...it is endless|
|Here is a photo without the boat. This photo could be flipped upside down|
|Self portrait over the bow reflecting in the water|
|Great Dismal Swamp|
|It is FALL, the water is litered with leaves and pine needles|
If you click on the photos in the blog, they enlarge to a full screen size at 1024 x 768. I make my blog images this size so they can be used for screen backgrounds. I hope you enjoy the photography; I have taken 350+ photos since leaving 5 days ago!