Century Club: PJ Kaiser

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 to Sunday, November 21, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

Well, we did it! Finished the 6k mile trip and we couldn't be more thrilled!  The 60ish locks, a few dozen rivers, lakes, and tributaries, the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and 3 of the 5 Great Lakes were such a wonderfully awesome experience- not to mention the unforgettable people and sights we encountered along the way!

We rested at The Marina at Ortega Landing in Jacksonville for just a bit, then exploring the JAX downtown area by dinghy and on foot before departing for colder climes to meet family and friends for Thanksgiving.  Boy, do we have a LOT to be thankful for this year!!!

Sunday, November 14, 2021 to Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Our anchorage on Saturday just south of Melbourne was great! We took the dinghy to a nearby well-recommended restaurant- a German place that definately lived up to the rave reviews. If you are ever in those parts, dear reader, be sure to find the Coconut Grove Cafe!

Sunday dawned beautifully and we were off to points northward.  The day was so pretty we just wanted to keep going!  However, we wanted a little beach time, so after passing the Kennedy Space Center, we found a great anchorage near the Apollo beaches and took the dinghy over.  Superb!

We got an early start Monday and hopped up to Daytona Beach, where we got a slip midday at the Halifax Harbor Marina. This is another excellent place with great people!  We were able to go by John Travolta's house, the historic downtown Daytona Beach, and get some provisions at the nearby Publix Grocery.  The marina was booked on Tuesday, so we had to be out by noon to accomodate other boaters.  We had an anchorage planned but when we arrived, we didnt like the looks of it- way too many houses around for our taste.  We are fans of anchorages where you arent on top of other people.  Because of that, we ended up travelling further than we had planned and wound up between Palm Coast and St Augustine. St Augustine.........  

If you circle back to my very first post in this log, you will recall that last December-March, we travelled from Annapolis to St Augustine and back, heading northward in mid June.  Well friends, it appears that we have come to the point where Loopers call "crossing their wake."  This means that tomorrow when we arrive in St Augustine, we will have successfully circumnavigated the eastern third of the US--- In other words, we will have completed the Great Loop!!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to Saturday, November 13, 2021
Number of days:
5 days
  • Um.... No words.
  • Light pollution isnt all bad, after all
  • Sunrise!
  • Fireworks after the Stuart Air Show
  • Another beautiful sunrise at anchor

The weather was superb as we headed south across the Boca Ciega Bay and into Tampa Bay/Gulf of Mexico.  The Sunshine Skyway bridge was stunning against the bright sky and the blue water mesmerizing...

Sarasota is a lovely town (from the water, anyway) and we found a perfect anchor spot south of the city.  We had dinner under the twilight sky and marveled at the many stars that were visible despite being so close to civilization.

The following day, we wandered a few hours down to the Gasparilla Sound and found another lovely anchor spot.  The following morning, there were plenty of dolphin arouind the boat to see us off on the next leg of our journey to our anchorage on the Caloosahatchie River.  We got an early start the next morning, and made our way through a couple of blocks on the river and to Lake Okeechobee. This is a very interesting body of water, as it is considered a dying lake; vegetation and fertilization of surrounding agricultural areas have removed most of the oxygen from the lake. On January 1 through April 1, conservationist and the government are going to close the lake and try to revitalize it. We spent the night at a cute little marina in Indiantown, Florida. 
on Friday, we hung out at the marina and telework a bit, and did a little work on the boat. We left just after lunch and made our way down the rest of the river and over to Stuart Florida. After anchoring in the late afternoon in Stuart, we hadn't been there but half an hour or so when all of a sudden a fighter jet started doing maneuvers all around us. It was very cool to watch! Just after those maneuvers started then a Marine Corps Osprey flew by while other planes started doing aerial acrobatics.  A quick Google search told us that we had gotten there just in time for the 2021 Stuart airshow! It was steak and baked potato night for dinner on the boat and we enjoyed watching the planes fly around until early evening, followed by a fireworks show.
Saturday morning we awoke early and headed down the Indian River.  We kept our eyes peeled to the north sky and were able to watch the SpaceX satellite launch just after 7:30 in the morning. Very cool!

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 to Friday, November 12, 2021
Number of days:
0 days
Sunday, October 31, 2021 to Monday, November 8, 2021
Number of days:
9 days

We left Destin in the early morning hours and went out into the Gulf of Mexico to cross over to Panama City Beach. It was a beautiful morning and the seas were very cooperative. Once we got to our destination, we fueled up and had plenty of daylight and time in our favor, so we proceeded to go to White City. We traversed a few bays, rivers and tributaries and found a wonderful anchor spot  where the Apalachicola River and the Gulf Canal intersect on Halloween evening. We checked out billions of stars and could not have had a nicer time. The next morning, we headed to Apalachicola. We got there early in the day and tied up to the city dock. From there, we went and explored the city, finding some good restaurants and a brewery. We also provisioned and found a seafood market that had some good deals. Since the price of staying at the city dock for the evening was two dollars a foot with no amenities (not good if you want to get tourist dollars in your city from boaters), we decided to just anchor across the river from the town. It was a lovely spot and the next morning, as I was  taking us out into the bay, there were pods of dolphin everywhere. Many of them followed us as we sped off into the distance. Early that afternoon we made it to Carrabelle, where we docked for the night and topped off our fuel tanks. The next morning, we trusted our many weather apps, which told us that it would be a good day for a Gulf crossing. We realized that they were not accurate as we found ourselves in 5 and 6 foot waves upon hitting the Gulf of Mexico. Our plan was to cross from Carrabelle to Crystal River and arrive there before dusk and were wondering if we shouldnt just make the crossing quicker by just going to Steinhatchie. However, the seas calmed before we were about a third of the way through our journey, thank God! Once we made it to Crystal River, we docked for the night. The next morning, we left for St Petersburg, where we met a bunch of friends for dinner and did touristy things for the next couple of days. The weather turned south on us and we had to stay for an extra day or two. That is not a bad thing when you are in St. Petersburg Florida, as there is plenty to do despite the weather. Our plan is to leave first thing in the morning and cross the bay going down into the intercoastal waterway once again.

Sunday, October 24, 2021 to Saturday, October 30, 2021
Number of days:
7 days
  • Pensacola Lighthouse
  • Commodore Smudgie practicing for Halloween
  • Commodore Smudgie practicing for Halloween
  • Being the off-season in these parts, we did not have too many neighbors. The only one who kept coming back was Hazel, our new friend
  • She was very patient bird, and that patience paid off several times. It was pretty cool to watch her stalk fish
  • Hurlburt Air Field
  • Water tower at Fort Walton Beach, Florida
  • Hide Aweigh anchored at Destin Harbor, FL

What a crazy weather week, huh? From Annapolis to Pensacola, the wind, rain and high water levels have caused a whole lot of consternation for boaters and landlubbers alike.  Hopefully all of you are OK. We are OK here as well. We stayed tied up in Pensacola all week for work projects. There was a window of opportunity once we were finished with work to leave for Destin on Friday, but Mother Nature had other plans for us. The waves just south of Pensacola in the Gulf of Mexico were forecasted to be 13 feet at times, and in the Pensacola Bay they were 3 to 5 feet, which is way too much for my old bones. The winds were sustaining at 20 kn and gusting to 30 and 35.  Yes, dear reader, we are fair weather boaters and are not ashamed to admit it.

At least we were able to get some boat projects accomplished this week, along with provisioning and a few long walks. We departed Pensacola for Destin this morning, and had some absolutely spectacular views and a nice smooth cruise. Tomorrow, the plan is to go outside into the Gulf of Mexico and cruise about 50 miles to Panama City, Florida. Looks like the weather will be in our favor. I hope you enjoy the photos!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 to Saturday, October 23, 2021
Number of days:
4 days
  • Ships in Mobile Harbor
  • The Mobile Bay Bridge
  • Movie set
  • Mobile Bay-finally!
  • Navy ships being overhauled
  • Movie filming
  • On the FL/AL border
  • Sunset at Perdido key, Florida
  • A dolphin joined us on our cruise
  • A friend is the marketing manager for this brewery and stopped by to say hello

We made it to Mobile just in time to dock the boat about 50 yards from where Robert DeNiro is filming his latest movie. We were docked at the Grand Mariner marina on the Dog River, just south of Mobile.  It was very interesting to watch the crew filming from various pontoon boats around a very large luxury yacht. The filming included a guy with water jet boots who, at one point, was not supposed to be wearing pants in his scene...The Director was shouting a lot of orders and there was lots of commotion. One of the featured cast members was filming her scene and they did at least 10 takes on a particular scene on the aft deck of the yacht. I think I probably memorized her lines after all of that. It was the last day of filming, and the luxury yacht left at some point in the night. On Friday, everything was nice and calm. We plan to spend the majority of next week in Pensacola, so we headed across the Mobile Bay to the Florida/Alabama line. Perdido key is a beautiful spot and is mostly made up of a state park, so there is little commercialization. We plan to anchor a couple of nights here and will move on to Pensacola, which is only a couple of hours cruise away

Saturday, October 2, 2021 to Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Number of days:
18 days
  • Commodore Smudgie overseeing operations
  • Lock and Dam at Columbus, MS
  • A cool storm is approaching
  • It seems like the hubby is having trouble deciding which drink he would like
  • Some shots of the crew from Annapolis Landing Marina
  • Some shots of the crew from Annapolis Landing Marina
  • ♥️♥️
  • More fun at the pavilion at Annapolis Landing Marina
  • Demopolis Lock southbound doors opening for us
  • Absolutely beautiful scenery
  • Bevill Lock
  • Just one of our many anchorages
  • Sunrise at one of our many anchorages
  • An alligator was sunning itself on the banks of the Tensaw river, just north of Mobile

Columbus, Mississippi has a great marina off of the beaten path. They have two mostly-working courtesy cars available for transient boaters.  In all honesty, these courtesy cars were not too bad; we have found most marina courtesy cars are in not so good shape. However, you have to keep in mind that beggars can't be choosers, right? When you need to get to the grocery store, you need to get to the grocery store. While we were docked there, we made a quick trip to Annapolis to get our last remaining items from Annapolis Landing Marina where we have spent the past couple of years. We absolutely adore everyone there, and have missed them tremendously. They gave us a nice sendoff party, with the admonition that it is only so long for now and not goodbye forever. I have certainly made some lifelong friends there.

We retured to Columbus and made our way south on October 14 towards Demopolis, Alabama, on the Black WarriorRiver/ Tenn-Tom waterway.  We found a beautiful Anchorage that night and made it to Demopolis on the 15th. We stayed until Sunday morning, October 17, and made our way to the lock with a couple of other boaters. The weather was absolutely spectacular all day and we made good time toward Mobile. We anchored In some really great places for the next few nights and arrived in Mobile on October 20.

Saturday, October 2, 2021 to Thursday, October 21, 2021
Number of days:
0 days
Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to Friday, October 1, 2021
Number of days:
10 days
  • Hide Aweigh arriving at Clifton, TN
  • There are artsy tigers all over Memphis (for the Univ of Memphis Tigers mascot)
  • Tenn-Tom Waterway
  • The Whitten lock has an 84 ft depth and is the fourth deepest lock in the US

We left Paris Landing on a beautiful morning and made our way down Kentucky Lake into the Tennessee River. We stayed in a great little marina in Clifton, Tennessee. We did some teleworking the next day, and left in the late morning, heading for Pickwick Lock and Dam.  They have had a lot of rain this summer, so the water was pretty high and the current was against us. Nonetheless, we persevered and made it through the lock and down to the  Aqua Yacht Safe Harbor Marina. Since yours truly was born and raised in Memphis, we had family drive the not quite two hours to come pick us up for a long weekend. Unfortunately, that involved a funeral, but I'm glad that I was there to bid my longtime friend a fond farewell. We spent another few days at Pickwick Lake and departed there on September 30. We found an excellent anchorage spot down the Tennessee Tombigbee waterway near Midway marina in Fulton,  Mississippi.  We got an early start on October 1 and headed to Columbus, Mississippi, which is about 70 miles down the Tenn-Tom waterway. The hubby has a work emergency so he has to fly back to DC this weekend. He will return on Monday, so I'm sure I can get some things done without him underfoot. We plan to stay in Columbus for another week or so, as I have a big work project coming up. We  had already planned to fly to DC for  the Columbus Day weekend to move the little we have left to Jacksonville,  FL for the winter.

Friday, September 17, 2021 to Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Number of days:
5 days
  • Thebes RR bridge, Thebes, MO
  • National quilt museum in Paducah, Kentucky
  • Great restaurant with excellent steak!
  • Here is the excellent steak!
  • Cool neighborhood liquor store near Green turtle Bay resort
  • You just can’t resist fudge
  • Once again, you just can’t resist fudge
  • Cool fishmarket
  • The moon rise over Lake Barkley, Kentucky
  • Entering Kentucky lake
  • Bridge over Kentucky lake at land between the lakes national recreation area, Kentucky
  • Raptor rehabilitation area Paris Landing State Park, Tennessee

We were able to get off work for a few hours on Thursday afternoon so we made our way from Alton, Illinois down through St. Louis and to Happys marina, the last fuel stop for 200 miles to Paducah, Kentucky. We had filled up in Alton and the river gave us an extra four not of current, so we did not need fuel when we got to Happys. After spending a night there, we shoved off and made our way to Cape Girardeau, Missouri. We anchored near a railway bridge at Thebes, MO.  On Saturday, we made the trip all the way to Paducah, and enjoyed a lovely dinner and a really cool downtown area there. On Sunday morning, we headed toward Green Turtle Bay Resort in KY.  Rather than take the shorter route and go through the dam at Kentucky lake, we were advised by many many people to take the longer route up the Cumberland River and over to the dam and lock at Lake Barkley. This is because the shorter route is always congested with lots of tows and such. It was made very clear to us that pleasurecraft are not exactly welcome. After going through the lock, Green turtle resort was just on the other side. We spent a couple of really fun days there, and on Tuesday morning, departed for Paris Landing State Park. They have an owl aviary, in which park rangers and zoologist are caring for injured birds of prey

Tuesday, September 7, 2021 to Thursday, September 16, 2021
Number of days:
10 days
  • There is a Bald Eagle on the bank
  • Sunset at anchor near Beardstown, IL
  • More sunset
  • Sunrise!
  • We had a stowaway... Asain Carp jumped in the boat. It's a pretty common occurrence
  • The Hardin Bridge at sunrise
  • Picture-perfect day for a cruise
  • Grafton sights
  • Grafton Winery
  • Funky bars line the streets
  • Pere Marquette Cross is where Marquette and Joliette are said to have landed
  • Reubel Hotel is reputed to be the most haunted building in Illinois
  • The view from the Aerie Winery, atop the big hill in Grafton

We left Peoria and made it to the lock, just before the lockmaster was going to close the door. (They are really good about getting people through and on their way).  We proceeded to Beardstown, IL, loving the calm river and lots of bald and golden eagles everywhere!!.  We anchored just downriver from there and had a million stars after a beautiful sunset.  We arose the next morning early to make the LaGrange Lock with several other boaters. We enjoyed another lovely day and stopped at Hardin, IL, where we were told "the best brisket in the world" is served at Mel's Dockside Restaurant.  Three other Looper boats stopped there for the night as well, and we made new friends over dinner.  I do believe that I ate the best brisket I have EVER tried that night!!  The next morning, everyone headed down to the funky town of Grafton, which touts itself as the "Key West of the Midwest." Having spent quite a bit of time in Key West, I can kind of see where they get that. Here, we said goodbye to the Illinois River and hello to the Mighty Mississippi.

After a couple days in Grafton, we cruised down to Alton, where we are spending a week, working on the boat, getting packages, mail, and provisions.  We also filled our 2 150 gallon tanks to the brim with diesel fuel, as there will be NO FUEL for about 250 miles when we leave here on Thursday. Luckily for us, the Mississippi has a current that will help us along! After passing the ST Louis Arch, we plan to spend Thursday night at Hoppies Marina on the Mississippi River, at anchor on Saturday at the Thebes Railway Bridge in Thebes, MO, and the Paducah, KY Marina on Sunday.

Monday, August 30, 2021 to Monday, September 6, 2021
Number of days:
8 days
  • Some loopers having a get together
  • Sunrise over Lake Michigan
  • The Chicago skyline approaches
  • Sunrise over Lake Michigan
  • Excellent local pizza chain
  • The planetarium is getting a new roof
  • This is the view after going through the ChicagoHarbor lock
  • This is at the Joliet municipal dock
  • There are lots of barges to make room for. The technical term for them is “tows”

We jumped from the cool haven of New Buffalo, Michigan to Portage, Indiana. The marina was about a mile away from any kind of civilization, so we rode our bikes into the closest piece of town that was mostly retail establishments, including a Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World. We also grabbed dinner at a local barbecue joint and then turned in early so we could do a little teleworking and cruising to the town of Hammond, Indiana the next day. We were there for two nights and met a bunch of Loopers who are staying there as well. Just about the only thing near the marina within walking distance was Horseshoe Casino. Neither the hubby nor I have been in a casino in years, despite the fact that we lived within a 15 minute drive of the National Harbor MGM casino for a long time. Our luck was not too bad, but it was not good enough to make us want to go running back to a casino anytime soon -LOL.

after Hammond, we grabbed a mooring ball in Monroe Harbor in downtown Chicago. Chicago really has a magnificent skyline and seeing it from the water makes it pretty special. Lake Michigan was not being very cooperative, as we were getting bounced all over the place. We got on land and saw a bunch of sites, ate Chicago pizza and steak, And wandered around the Navy Pier. We did this for a couple of days and then had enough of the bouncing. We left a little earlier than expected and went through the lock at Chicago Harbor and proceeded on to the river system, starting with the Illinois River. We made our way to Joliet that night and then proceeded to Heritage Harbor Marina in Ottawa, Illinois on Sunday night. Today, we will be in downtown Peoria and will explore the city.

Monday, August 23, 2021 to Sunday, August 29, 2021
Number of days:
7 days
  • The lighthouse at Ludington Michigan
  • Traveling by moonlight on Lake Michigan
  • Grand Haven, Michigan
  • They do lighted fountains dancing to music every night during the summer in Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Storm approaching from the lake in South Haven, Michigan
  • Cool downtown Street in South Haven, Michigan
  • St Joseph

We left Ludington on August 23 and made our way to Grand Haven, Michigan for one night. We then headed to South Haven, Michigan for 2 nights and spent one night on the municipal wall at Saint Joseph. After leaving there we made our way to New Buffalo, which is located pretty much at the south end of Lake Michigan.  All of these towns are absolutely adorable, each one of them has its own little flair that makes each special. The people are amazing, as is the food and beverage! Tomorrow, we will be saying goodbye to Michigan and hello to Indiana, which occupies very little waterfront on the lake.

Saturday, August 14, 2021 to Sunday, August 22, 2021
Number of days:
9 days

On Aug 14, we anchored in the beautiful Portage lake.  The stars that night numbered in the billion, I think, and we were treated to an amazing show by the annual Perseid meteor shower.  The next day, we headed to Manistee, where we explored and worked until Tuesday morning. Then, we made our way to the city of Ludington, where we planned to stay for the rest of the week. Initially, we were going to head south on Saturday, but the forecasted 3-5 ft waves were an incentive to stay put for a couple days more.

Saturday, August 7, 2021 to Friday, August 13, 2021
Number of days:
7 days

The ride to Presque Isle was near perfect, as was the bay where we anchored. We took the dinghy to shore and checked out the old and new light houses. We also ran into an old Looper friend, so that was pretty cool too. The next morning, we had a great ride up to Mackinac Island, where we met up with some more friends and checked out the really cool town for a couple of days. When we left Mackinac Island, the seas were perfect, but there was a lot of fog. It's a good thing we have a really good radar. We made our way down to the really cool town of Charleville located on Lake Michigan. We were able to stay there one night, but the rest of the nights were booked, so we had to find a marina further away from town that had space. It was OK, as it allowed us to catch up on boat work and stuff like that.  Today is yet another beautiful day to be out on the water and enjoy Lake Michigan. Neither my husband nor I have ever been on this lake before. We are headed to Frankfurt, Michigan for the night.

Sunday, August 1, 2021 to Friday, August 6, 2021
Number of days:
6 days
  • Downtown Tawas, MI
  • Cool paintings on the side of a building
  • A group of Loopers, having Docktales
  • Super-neat artwork at Mangoes Tequila Bar, Alpena, MI
  • Alpena City Hall
  • Visitors Center, Alpena
  • "Little Red" Lighthouse at Alpena Harbor

They say that the weather on the Great Lakes can turn bad at the drop of a hat. Whoever "they" are, they are not lying! The unpredicted 6 foot swells that we ran into during a pop-up thunderstorm on Lake Huron prompted us to go to  small marina in Port Austin on the Saginaw Bay for shelter for awhile. A couple of hours later, the Bay had calmed significantly, so we headed across to Tawas City. We dont normally travel at night, but our visibility was good and radar and AIS worked well.  We arrived around 1130 pm and had assistance tying up from some partying boaters on the dock. Additionally, a small craft advisory was issued for the entire area for Sunday, so it was a good thing we went to the cool little harbor in a neat little town when we did, or we NEVER would have made it across the Bay.

We met up with some other people doing the Great Loop, also known as "Loopers".  Of course, everywhere we go, we meet up with Loopers so that makes it a lot of fun. The weather on Monday morning was perfect for cruising, so we made our way up to Alpena, Michigan, yet another fabulous spot! A couple of days ago, we had torn out the flooring on the bridge and the aft deck. A friend who lives in the area let us borrow her car and we went to Home Depot and bought new outdoor carpet. The rest of the week we spent on various boat projects, and teleworking, of course! On Friday, we plan on anchoring out in the cove at Presque Isle- I can't wait!!

Edited to add:  Watching the weather is important.  We will head to Presque tomorrow (Saturday), as there are 3 ft swells at 3 seconds on Thunder Bay now and storms in the forecast right now.  Tomorrow morning looks near-perfect.

Sunday, July 25, 2021 to Saturday, July 31, 2021
Number of days:
7 days
  • Downtown Cleveland
  • Rock and roll Hall of Fame in downtown Cleveland
  • Cleveland Lighthouse
  • A beautiful day to sail on Lake Erie
  • Moored at Put In Bay, Ohio
  • Put In Bay at night
  • Toledo Lighthouse
  • Toledo Lighthouse
  • The seventh Street bascule bridge and the top of the US customs house in Port Huron, Michigan
  • Tasty beverages at the brewery
  • Fueling up for the trek north
  • The Bluewater Bridge spans from the US over to Canada. If you zoom in, note the line of trucks waiting to get through Canadian customs
  • Hello Lake Huron!
  • Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, circa 1829

The weather was amazing for a trip across Lake Erie to Put In Bay, Ohio. We got a mooring ball for the night and caught the water taxi to town, where we had drinks and dinner and wandered around, looking at the sites and people. That place is known as a party town and we can certainly see why – LOL! There are bars everywhere! The next day, Monday, we made our way to the Western shore of Lake Erie to a small hamlet called Toledo Beach. We stopped at a marina there for the night and then proceeded the next day up the Detroit River, to Jefferson beach, where we spent the night and worked the next day.  We took advantage of the beautiful weather and crossed Lake Saint Clair and proceeded up the St. Clair River to the beautiful little town of Algonac, Michigan, where we spent a couple of nights. On Friday, we cruised up to Port Huron, just south of the entrance to Lake Huron. That is a super cute town too! This morning, we're fueled up and are currently cruising north on Lake Huron. It is a great travel day! We expect to anchor somewhere on the top of the thumb tonight. Tomorrow, we will be heading up to Saginaw Bay and the popular town of Towas for a few days.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021 to Saturday, July 24, 2021
Number of days:
4 days

We stayed one night in Dunkirk and then headed down to Erie, PA for the night. We anchored in a pretty cove at the Presque Isle State Park.  We took the dinghy out for a spin and stopped at the Commodore Perry monument, as well as checked out a houseboat community.  We got an early start the next morning and went to Ashtabula, Ohio, where we spent the day at the city dock and worked(yes, we actually DO telework full time). We got out to explore a bit and then went to Fairhope, Ohio to anchor for the night.  The next day, we had a beautiful cruise to Cleveland, where we spent Friday and Saturday nights. We checked out the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the great waterfront, and met other Loopers.

Friday, July 16, 2021 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Number of days:
5 days
  • The Hubby and me
  • Niagara Falls
  • Wings at Anchor Bar
  • Sunset through the haze from Western forest fires
  • Black Rock Lock, Buffalo, NY

We left the West Canal Marina and headed to Tonawanda, New York. This is pretty much the end of the Erie canal, so that means we have traveled over 360 miles, 43+ locks, and have met countless wonderful people!

We spent Friday through Monday nights at the Tonawanda city dock, which is in a really great area - lots of restaurants, bars, shops, and a grocery store. We picked up our mail also – we have a forwarding service out of Green Cove Springs, Florida that we use. We were also able to go down to Buffalo, to the Anchor Bar. This is the place where the buffalo wing was first invented. We also went up to Niagara Falls and spent an afternoon there – magnificent!

This morning, July 20, we traversed the Black Rock Lock at Buffalo and are now on Lake Erie, headed to Dunkirk for the night.


Sunday, July 11, 2021 to Thursday, July 15, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

We had a great time in Lyons, had some fabulous ciders and wines in Pittsford, then went to Medina for a couple of days. After that, we made our way to the West Canal Park and Marina just outside of Amherst, New York. We will be here until Friday, July 16. We actually have to work our real jobs (via telework) and do a few things on the boat. Had a really terrible storm here last night that brought down a lot of trees and damaged two vehicles.  Hide Aweigh emerged unscathed, thank goodness!

Tuesday, July 6, 2021 to Saturday, July 10, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

We left Brewerton on Wednesday the seventh and cruised to Crosslake, New York via the Erie canal. We anchored that night and the lake is lovely! On Thursday, July 8, we made our way to the stunning Seneca lake and stayed at a marina there. On July 9, we headed west toward Rochester and spent the night at Lyons City Dock- very nice!!

Thursday, July 1, 2021 to Monday, July 5, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

The Erie Canal locks are an absolute wonder! It's very cool to see how they work, despite the fact that the original Canal dates back to 1825, believe it or not. We traversed the first seven locks on July 1, and then stopped at the town of Scotia, New York (right outside of Schenectady) for the night.  We got an early start the next morning and cruised up through many more locks to the cute town of Little Falls, New York. We spent a couple of days there, touring around, doing some maintenance, and getting some provisions. We left there on the morning of July 4 and headed to Oneida Lake, where we anchored not far from Sylvan Beach. It was a beautiful night for all the fireworks that could be seen around the lake! Today, July 5, we are headed to the other side of the lake to Brewerton, New York. There, we plan to spend a couple of days checking the place out, getting some assistance from the boat yard mechanic there, and planning the next couple of weeks of our trip.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021 to Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Number of days:
8 days

Found a great anchorage at Brielle, NJ for the night and then headed up the coast to NYC.  Beautiful trip!  Got to Shipyard Marina where we had planned to stay for a couple of days to explore the city, but the impact from the constant frerries was AWFUL!!!! We and Hide Aweigh got bounced a LOT and we headed up to Half Moon Bay in Croton-On-Hudson.  We opted to take the train back to the city to explore.  Worked on the boat for a couple of days and headed up to Kingston, NY for a night.  The next day, we got to the free dock at Troy.  Since there was not much there by way of provisions, we then proceeded about 30 minutes up to the Welcome Center at Watertown for 2 days--COOL Place!  Tomorrow, we will start up the Erie Canal!

Saturday, June 19, 2021 to Monday, June 21, 2021
Number of days:
3 days

Made our way down the DE Bay, and anchored near the CG Academy. We then went to Ventnor City, NJ and found a peaceful anchorage with a great view of the casinos.  The rail bridge was out so we were forced to go outside.  It was bumpy on the way out, but once about a mile out, the trip up to the Brigantine Gap was great! Stopped in Key Harbor Marina for some shore time, groceries, and fuel.  Great place and people!!

Thursday, June 17, 2021 to Friday, June 18, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Started in Annapolis and made our way to Bohemia Bay Yacht Harbor for the night. Had Jo-Jos delivery for dinnner, as there is nothing around to walk to. Do NOT get the flounder...yuck

We are headed to Cape May and more ICW. Stay tuned...

Saturday, June 12, 2021 to Sunday, June 13, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

Rafted up with friends on the Rhode River in Maryland

Friday, May 28, 2021 to Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Number of days:
7 days

Spent several days wandering around the Chesapeake, fishing and visiting friends

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to Thursday, May 27, 2021
Number of days:
2 days

There was an AGLCA meet up at St Michaels.We stayed at the city Marina there

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 to Thursday, May 27, 2021
Number of days:
0 days

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Saturday, February 6, 2021 to Saturday, March 27, 2021
Number of days:
51 days

Had the boat put back in the water in Amelia Island on February 6 and we proceeded down to Saint Augustine where we spent a week wandering around and sightseeing. We were on a mooring ball at the city marina – great experience and we got married! From Saint Augustine we went back to Jacksonville where we spent a few days at a marina and then proceeded back to Amelia Island, Saint Simons Island, Charleston, and various another places until we got back to Annapolis Landing Marina on March 27

Wednesday, January 6, 2021 to Saturday, January 16, 2021
Number of days:
10 days

We had Hide Aweigh hauled out on Jan 6 for prop and shaft repair as well as bottom paint. That gave us the opportunity to make some other exterior repairs, as well as interior maintenance.

Friday, January 1, 2021 to Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Number of days:
5 days

Went at end of 2020 from Savannah, GA to Amelia Jan 1-5


**Edited to add some clarification: On December 3, 2020, we left Annaoplis for Charleston for Christmas, not knowing that we would be at the beginning of fufilling a dream that my (now) husband has had for years-- completing America's Great Loop.  For anyone who doesn't know, it is the circumnavigation of the Eastern 1/3 of the US that stretches approximately 6200 miles.  Once we spent Christmas with family, we decided that, since we were already that far south,  we should go down to our hailing port, Amelia Island, FL.  We then wandered down to St. Augustine. 

The next several entries detail our journey from Savannah, GA to our arrival in Amelia on Jan. 1st to St. Augustine and back to Annapolis.  On June 17, 2021, we started north, not really planning to complete the Loop, but somewhere around mid-July, we decided to just keep going.  We telework full time, so the only thing we need is cell service or WIFI for internet.

Number of days:
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