It was a quiet, peaceful night at anchor here and the rain let up just before we headed to bed. It was chilly and damp this morning though, and just as Mike was heading out to weigh anchor, it started raining. We got away at 06:40.
Although the day was wet and dreary, the greenery along the sides was lush and made for great photos. Just look how straight it is. Looks like a long hallway. And the steam was still rising off the water.
We saw lots of foam in the water along the way. And a crane on a stump ahead. We had to take a sharp turn to the right to continue on down to the lock. We see a very nice looking farmhouse just before the lock.
The State Park is here too with a Center across a foot bridge that opened when we pulled up. It is open today at 09:30 and has trails along the canal. It is cold and rainy. On a nice day, it would be a great hike.
The folks on the dock had a Nordic tug 37 and were from Maine. They said that they had spent 3 nights on the dock here. She gave us some pamphlets on the Dismal Swamp. We decided to head back out as we wanted to catch the opening of the next lock at 13:30.
The water in the Swamp is amber coloured and is unusually pure. It is preserved by the tannic acids from the juniper, gum and cypress trees. These conditions make it difficult for bacteria to grow and many years ago, before refrigeration, this water was stored in kegs on sailing ships as it was potable and considered chemically pure. Some people even believed that it had magical qualities and drank it regularly to prevent illness and promote long life.
This is a shot of the feeder ditch coming in into the Swamp. We were almost past it, when I snapped the photo. It is from Lake Drummond which is a circular lake covering 3,000 acres in the heart of the swamp. The average depth of the lake is three and four feet and it is usually pure water. This lake supplies water for the Dismal Swamp through the feeder ditch.
Ten minutes later we were at the lock. The bridge attendant went ahead with the truck to open up the lock. The conchs here are from boaters that have gone through the locks. He said some even have the boat names on them.
We are out of the Dismal Swamp and it certainly did not disappoint the Captain or myself either.
After supper, we checked to see what movie was playing at the Commodore. We so enjoyed the dinner theatre in October, we thought we might go tomorrow night. After checking, we decided we would not stay and got the dinghy loaded on the bow so we could go out on the Chesapeake tomorrow. That took awhile so no blogs uploaded. Chilly again tonight. We added an extra blanket on the bed. Another sign we are getting further north…….and closer to home. 🙂
Today we travelled 33.6 nm.