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Thursday, October 31, 2013

South Mills Lock – North Carolina

Before daybreak yesterday, we were entertained by the arrival of ‘Carnival Glory’ to the terminal across from our anchorage.  That vessel was seriously huge.  Then, just as we pulled up anchor, we entered the channel right behind a barge pushed by the tug ‘Nikki Jo C,’ another tug owned by the Ward’s and captained by Kenny, one of Floyd’s sons.  It takes a long time to leave the Ward’s because you keep seeing them for days up and down Virginia and Maryland!

Once through Deep Creek Lock we tied up to the free docks, after some folks made some room for us.  By the end of the day, we had nine boats docked or rafted up.  We all met up at the lock cottage for a very nice breakfast/coffee the next morning with Robert, the lock/bridge tender.

Today we motored down the Dismal Swamp Canal with plenty of company.  We officially entered North Carolina, motored by the visitor center and tied up at the free dock between the South Mills bridge and lock.  It is our first time here, I will let you know how it goes.  We have a blow coming from the south and do not want to get into Elizabeth City until that has passed.  

Love to all,

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