We had a little thunderstorm and some rain around noon, but no delays at either of the two locks. Have you noticed we've had no lock delays now for 2 days? We figured out what the problem was. About 5 locks back on Thursday, I called the lockmaster as normal on Channel 16 about 4 miles out. No response. Well, sometimes they're busy so you wait a while. Still no response so I tried again. No reponse so I waited a while longer and tried the working channel, Channel 14. Ditto. So, waited again and tried 16 one more time. Still no response and by then we were coming up on the arrival point. So, I handed the radio to Rhonda and said, "Here you try it." The words were hardly out of her mouth when a very accomodating response came back loud and clear - "Yes Maam, how can I help you?" In addition to that, several of the lockmasters have come to the railing above us while the water's rising to say hello and "visit." Fine. And for the record, I have no problem with this - just glad to be getting through the locks quickly now.
Here's the entrance to today's destination - Charlie's Hidden Harbor. We arrived around 1:30.
HMR docked at Charlie's.
Now you need to understand that Charlie is laid back, been here fifteen years. Life is simple at his marina. When we asked how much we owed for our transient stay, he responded "whatever you want to pay me. That way, no one can say I charge too much!" He was serious so we paid the same that we paid at LRYC last night.
He has a garden that transients can pick from if interested.
And resident geese.
And we'll close on an interesting note. Look below at the center of the dam for the yellow barges. The other day a tow was heading downstream with six barges when they all broke loose from the tow. The captain managed to retrieve four before they reached the dam but couldn't get these two. They're full of molasses. They'll drill holes in these to suck (there's that name again) the molasses out, then a crane (Big Bertha) will retrieve each barge, repairs will be made, etc. Heck, we thought it was interesting.
Got an oil change done today and we're headed for Spadra Marina tomorrow in Clarksville, AR. We are 4 days out from Muskogee!