And below, Help Me Rhonda docked at Green Turtle Bay.
And a shot of the marina. Green Turtle Bay is huge and the two pictures we have here cover only a very mall portion of it.
We had some questions today on the internet about locks. Is there a charge? No. Actually, yes - it's called your tax dollars. We appreciate your contributions toward our trip. How do you contact the lockmaster? Normally by VHF radio. Another option is by cell phone but this is discouraged. If you have no radio, you can actually also pull a chain/rope at the end of the lock wall to let them know you are there. There is a signal light similar to a traffic light that indicates red to stay out and green to enter. There are also horn blasts to let you know you have approval to enter and later to leave. A siren signals to boaters below the lock when water is preparing to empty from the lock. Once in the lock, you tie your boat to a floating bollard in the lock wall which rises and falls with the water. How long do you have to wait? That is totally dependent upon the amount of traffic there at the time and it really is all about timing. Rhonda and I made a trip last February to Mobile through 19 locks and only had to wait for one. Yet, we've already been delayed for several hours at 2 of the 3 we've had on this trip. I spoke to one of the lockmasters on the Ohio River today to assist us in planning for tomorrow. He said there is so much barge traffic on the Ohio, they sometimes wait for 2 or 3 days to get through.
An interesting thing about the locks on the Ohio and I'll close. When the river is high enough (as is the case now), the dams have a section called a wicket that can be lowered 17 feet and boat traffic floats right over the top of the dam completely bypassing the lock. Pretty cool stuff.
All in all, a good day, even got a T-shirt. We have a very short day tomorrow. One lock (assuming we don't have to wait very long) and only about 30 miles to the Ohio River where we'll anchor out. Keep in mind we'll be anchoring out the next 3 or 4 days. Our next WiFi communication will be in Memphis. See ya then.