October 30, 2015 – Friday – Second Creek Anchorage to Florence Harbor Marina – 19.8 statute miles traveled.

Lila, aboard Blue Haven, called the lock at 0730 to find out when we could get through Joe Wheeler Lock. The word was to come on over to the lock and the lockmaster would get us down in the next locking. Mazel Tug and LeeLoo (both 37’ Nordic Tugs) had gone to the Wheeler State Park Marina in First Creek just around the corner. They were notified by radio and all boats meandered to the lock entrance. In about 45 minutes we were able to lock through this 48.5 foot vertical drop.

It is 16 miles through Wilson Lake to get to Wilson Lock and Dam. By now there were five boats traveling together at pretty much the same speed as there is not point in them arriving early as the lockmaster will wait for the slowest boat in any case. In this case the slowest boat is Sea To See!

All five boats locked through this lock together. Wilson Lock has the greatest elevation change of any lock on this entire trip. At 93.5 feet you really feel small down in the bottom after it has dropped. Once out the bottom end it was just a three mile jaunt down river to the Florence Harbor Marina at MM 256.

This lock is different than most.  Instead of the upstream gate swinging shut like doors it raises up.  It has just started here.

This lock is different than most. Instead of the upstream gate swinging shut like doors it raises up. It has just started here.

Now the gate has risen a little further.

Now the gate has risen a little further.

This is the lock gate that rose out of the water at the top of the lock uncovered as the water falls in the lock.

This is the lock gate that rose out of the water at the top of the lock uncovered as the water falls in the lock.

End wall of the lock below the rising gate as the water continues to fall.

End wall of the lock below the rising gate as the water continues to fall.

The water stops dropping and the gates begin to open.  Look at the size of the boats there in the bottom.  This is one big lock!

The water stops dropping and the gates begin to open. Look at the size of the boats there in the bottom. This is one big lock!

Leaving Wilson Lock.

Leaving Wilson Lock.

Namaste with Jim, JoAnn and Sammy aboard were awaiting us when we pulled in so we had a nice reunion. After sharing stories from the past three weeks while they had left there boat to go home it was time for chores. I washed windows and put rainex on them in preparation for the next rainstorms that were predicted to be coming our way.

We took the loaner car to Walmart for more provisioning and then had dinner once again at City Hardware. I couldn’t control myself and had the shrimp and grits – again.

Florence Harbor at night.

Florence Harbor at night.

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One thought on “October 30, 2015 – Friday – Second Creek Anchorage to Florence Harbor Marina – 19.8 statute miles traveled.

  1. Maura O'Neill

    I look forward to tasting these shrimp and grits at the first pot luck on your return. We miss you both. Stay well. Many thoughts and prayers, Maura

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