Friday, April 25, 2008

OK Boat Trip, Day 1, 4/25/08

Well, we're off and running on our trip from Bay Hill Marina in Athens, AL on the TN River to Three Forks Harbor in Muskogee, OK on the AR River. After 1079 miles and 22 locks on the TN, OH, MS, and AR Rivers, we'll begin a new chapter in our lives with Wayne's new job as Harbormaster of Three Forks. We hope this blog will give our friends and family an easily accessible update of our progress. Also, the Port Authority at Three Forks and Wayne's new employer, Arrowhead Boat Sales on Grand Lake, want to take this opportunity to allow folks unfamiliar with "riverboating" a way to experience a little of the joy and adventure of boating and traveling on America's waterway systems. Three Forks Harbor is a new first-class marina at mm 392 of the Arkansas River, positioned to allow access to that waterway system and providing access to anywhere in the world accessible by boat.
Our first leg of the trip today is from our home port at Bay Hill to Grand Harbor Marina at the convergence of the TN River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (waterway from the TN River to the Gulf of Mexico at Mobile, AL) . One of the highlights of this leg is the 3rd largest drop in a lock in the world - the Wilson Lock and Dam.

Inside the lock before the gates are closed and the water is lowered.

93 feet later

The gates open and out you go.

72 miles and 2 locks later at mm 215 of the TN River, Grand Harbor Marina and Condominiums

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