Sailing Along the Gulf of Mexico

The morning we finally decided to leave Mobile, Alabama, to start sailing the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, we were ready. Patches may not have been fully ready, but RJ and I surely were. We put the mast back on Patches, along with her brand new sails. She even got a full deck scrub (Thank you, Jim … Continue reading Sailing Along the Gulf of Mexico

The River to the Bay

In the evening before departing Demopolis, there was a plan. Somewhere in the ballpark of ten boats were leaving the dock and heading for Demopolis Lock, just a couple of miles south. One person was in charge of communicating with the lock master and organizing the departure time, so as not to overwhelm them with … Continue reading The River to the Bay

Land Between the Lakes

Better known as, "The Land of Seed Ticks." But we'll get to that part of the story. During the whopping five minutes we spent planning this trip before leaving Michigan, I spent about half of that being most excited to get to Kentucky Lake. Scrolling down the inland river system on Google maps, this area … Continue reading Land Between the Lakes

Running Aground in Kentucky Lake

The evening was coming in quickly. After spending the majority of our afternoon completing errands and tasks that needed to be done, we headed into Paducah to see if there would be anything for us to eat at the "BBQ" festival. For those who don't know, RJ and I both follow a vegan diet, meaning … Continue reading Running Aground in Kentucky Lake

The Kindness of a New Grandpa

Waking up, rolling over, falling asleep, waking up again. We took our time getting moving on Thursday morning in Paducah. The only absolute must on our agenda was to somehow make our way to a Walmart nearly five miles away to go grocery shopping. Nearing about eleven o'clock, we finally emerged from our boat, and … Continue reading The Kindness of a New Grandpa

Slow Going on the Ohio

As we turned onto the Ohio River from the Mississippi, the current now against us, our speed was more than cut in half. Reaching our fastest speeds just the day before, now that we were going just slow enough to where someone walking on the shore could easily keep up pace, felt discouraging.The first lock … Continue reading Slow Going on the Ohio

River Rats on the Upper Mississippi

We have been living like river rats for the past couple of days and while it's not the most ideal, it's certainly the easiest. On our last day in Alton, IL, we spent a few hours touring the small town on our bicycles. We had one map that lacked detail and we set off to … Continue reading River Rats on the Upper Mississippi