Monday, October 13, 2014

Wow, what a day!

Day 2
Oct. 12, 2014

Depart Ditto Landing/8:50
Arrive Joe Wheeler Marina/3:10

Weather Conditions: Mixed bag-sunshine, cloudy, storms

Plan for today is smooth sailing from Ditto to Joe Wheeler.  As they say "The best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray."  Oh well, we went from enjoying a beautiful day to surviving what we hope will be the worst storm of our trip. 

The walking trail at Ditto Landing gets a 5 star rating.  The morning was perfect and the scenery along the stream was absolutely beautiful.

The reflection of the limestone cliffs and the changing colors made for a relaxing cruise down the Tennessee.

                           Waiting our turn at the Norfolk Southern railroad bridge in Decatur.

A typical southern rainstorm.  Just showers one moment and a full fledged downpour the next.  Visibility went down to just a few feet in moments.  Jess spent what seemed like a very long time (probably only about 30 min.) just trying to stay within sight of a navigational buoy.  The boat handled the weather great, so at the very least our confidence in our vessel grew.

Joe Wheeler Marina is full of fellow Loopers!  If you look closely you can find A Bama Dream at her secure berth, where we will stay until Rendezvous is over on Friday. 

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