Cruising

Dearest’s Daylong “Dismal” Delight

Here are the pictures of our trip down “The Great Dismal Canal”.

Completed in 1805 the Great Dismal Swamp Canal connected the Elizabeth River and the Pasquotank River.

It's been a while since we've locked through, Dearest forgot her gloves.

It’s been a while since we’ve locked through, Dearest forgot her gloves.

Dry Creek Lock Master made sure everyone was secure in the lock, then directed how the boats should line up in the canal.

Dry Creek Lock Master made sure everyone was secure in the lock, then directed how the boats should line up in the canal.

Deep Creek Lock is the first of two locks on the Dismal

Deep Creek Lock is the first of two locks on the Dismal

After Dry Creek Lock we had to wait for the lockmaster to move to the bridge and open it for us.

After Deep Creek Lock we had to wait for the lock master to move to the bridge and open it for us.

Clumps floated along the edges

Clumps of grass floated along the edges.

Vegetation from the banks would move with the wind.

Vegetation from the banks would move with the wind.

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Different varieties of vegetation floating along the sides of the canal.

A beautiful day to idle the 30+ miles.

A beautiful day to idle the 30+ miles.

Fall color just beginning to show

Fall color just beginning to show

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Many branches had fallen into the canal

We left Virginia and entered North Carolina.

We left Virginia and entered North Carolina.

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Of the different animals that live in the area all we saw were turtles

Of the different animals that live in the area all we saw were turtles

There are many different species that live in the swamp

There are many different species that live in the swamp.

Tannins in the water give it a dark color

Tannins in the water give it a dark color

There were six boats that traveled together. Here they ease up behind us to wait for the South Mills Bridge and Lock

There were six boats that traveled together. Here they ease up behind us to wait for the South Mills Bridge and Lock

We ran about 6 MPH between the locks and arrived at South Mills Bridge and Lock at 1:00. The open on schedule at 1:30.

We ran about 6 MPH between the locks and arrived at South Mills Bridge and Lock at 1:00. The open on schedule at 1:30.

Dearest takes her place for the lock through

Dearest takes her place for the lock through

Lock Masters all are different. This one told us to get in tie up and help the others coming in after.

Lock Masters all are different. This one told us to get in tie up and help the others coming in after.

Flooding from the storms is still evident.

Flooding from the storms is still evident.

After South Mills Lock we enter the Pasquatank River

After South Mills Lock we enter the Pasquotank River

The Pacquotank was deeper and wider with more trees in the water

The Pasquotank was deeper and wider with more trees in the water

Cyprus trees on the edge of the river

Cyprus trees on the edge of the river

This was a Cyprus swamp, then logged of and now lots of undergrowth and Kudzu

This was a Cyprus swamp, then logged of and now lots of undergrowth and Kudzu

End of the day tied up at Lambs Marina outside Elizabeth City, NC

End of the day tied up at Lambs Marina outside Elizabeth City, NC

How I felt after a day of 6 miles per hour.

How I felt after a day of 6 miles per hour.

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