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Allen's great circle trip

Black River 

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Our route down the Black River

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Our journey on the Black River started at Demopolis Alabama.

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Demopolis Church

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Hale Mansion built by the free slaves of that time.

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Behind the Hale Mansion Lee finds the back yard full of pecans and gathers up some to take home.

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I found these murals on the side of a building off Main Street.

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Schedule maintenance on at Tow boat.

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These props are build for digging.

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Its a small world when you meet boaters from the Michigan City 200 pier.
Mike, Doug, and Dayal

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The long walk down the gangplank to our boat before we leave Demopolis.

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After leaving Dempolis we circle for two hours  waiting for the lock master to clear us through the lock.

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We finally clear the lock.

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I could only find these rocks which were black to think of why they call it the Black River.

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Most of the river was colored in this pretty red, blue, and green rock. Maybe they should have called it the "Blue River"

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Bashi Creek mile marker 145.2 is our first anchoring for the night on the Black River.

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We anchor our stern to a tree. Trees make a great anchor if you can get hold of it which was our main problem.

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We awoke in the morning to these beautiful scenes. Words are difficult to come by.

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Tranquility

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This is where we tried to dock for the night. It is called Lady's Landing.
 Lee's thought on this is that the pet billy goat died and they had to close the dock because it was a requirement that you pet their billy goat after docking.

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Our next anchoring was at mile marker 81.6 and we felt we had our own beach.

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Lee like the beach also as I took his picture taking a picture. 

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In the morning our anchor line also was catching things. 

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We were considering moving out when out of the fog came this big tow. We decided to wait for another hour before heading out. 

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As the river widens you get a sense of Peace. 

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Always vigilant for the perils of the river Lee stands ready to point then out. 

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Our next anchor stop.
Let's Try. 
Island mile marker 28.5 

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Looks Good. 

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Shall we anchor Here?

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As we approach the anchor spot we are surprised be two locals who were ALL to eager to help us tie up for the night. During our conversations we are told they had bought the island and named it "Gilligans Island". 
We all laugh and a great  relief came over Lee and I.  

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Farewell to Gilligans Island 

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We are beginning to see the tidal effect.

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Cyprus trees along the marsh.

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Locals call Interstate 65 Bridge
"Dolly Parton"
 

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Locals call Route 13 Bridge
"Madona" 

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Entering 
Mobile, Alabama 

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How the big boats are repaired and cleaned.. 

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After 180 miles of vegetation a skyline is refreshing. 

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Thank God we made it.

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Mobile Bay
The end of the river system.

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Lee and Allen congratulating each other in succeeding on the first leg of the trip.
Enthusiastically awaiting our next adventure.

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