November 1, 2015 – Sunday – Zippy Cove Anchorage to Cotton Spring Anchorage – 36.9 statute miles traveled

With the change from daylight savings time to standard time there was some confusion as to when it had been decided we would weigh anchor this morning. Jim and thought it was 0700 at sunrise (CDT) and Vicki and JoAnn thought it was 0730 on CST. With an hour and a half disparity we sorted it out via family radio and weighed anchor at 0650 CST, a nice compromise.

Zippy Cove Anchorage.  A wonderful spot!

Zippy Cove Anchorage. A wonderful spot!

The opposite side of Zippy Cove Anchorage

The opposite side of Zippy Cove Anchorage

We have a new set of mile markers. Having left the Tennessee River the Tennessee – Tombigbee Waterway has statute mile markers beginning at the junction with the Tennessee River at 450.7 and ending at Mobile, Alabama with 0. Our anchorage for the night was at 449.3.   Our sojourn began in Yellow Creek and continued through Pickwick Lake to MM 444 where it entered the “divide cut”, an excavation approximately 300 feet wide with a water depth of around 14’ when we transited it though the water looked to be 3-4’ lower than the normal water line.

We continued in this “divide cut” for 25 miles to MM 419 before entering Bay Springs Lake. We did pass one tow during this time but otherwise had the cut to ourselves with the exception of a few fishing boats. The trip down the lake to Cotton Springs anchorage at MM 412 was on nearly smooth water. The entire day had been overcast with occasional light rain showers but, all in all, had been a nice cruise.

These spillways diffuse the water and cause it to enter the canal with little effect.

These spillways diffuse the water and cause it to enter the canal with little effect.

After anchoring we put the dinghy in and joined Jim, JoAnn and Sammy on a dinghy cruise to the Bay Springs Lock and Dam visitor center. We found this closed, because it was Sunday, but enjoyed sitting on their patio.

Anchorage at Cotton Springs Cove

Anchorage at Cotton Springs Cove

After doing a dinghy tour of the rest of the bay we returned to the boat where Vicki prepared a dinner of hamburger stroganoff. We invited Jim and JoAnn to join us for dinner and a good time was had by all.

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