2014-05-05 Dismal Swamp–Not Dismal!

Todays transit was one of the shortest of our entire voyage yet the richness of the scenery certainly made the difference. After pulling the anchor at 07:30 in order to make the 11:00 lock transit we were immediately surrounded by the area scenic beauty.

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Not 2 more miles down the waterway did we come to our first head scratcher. Was the bridge really open like the books say? Our approach did not provide a clear view until we got right up on this train bridge.

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This section is so curvy I nearly found myself leaning into the corners!

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View the lock gates (closed) as we approach the south end of the lock which will raise Magnolia about 4 feet.

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There were two other boats joining us for the “elevator” ride.

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As the lock fills Magnolia is being raised.

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The lockmaster with his able assistant.

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Truth be told she did not lift a “paw” to help her boss!

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The canal is so narrow the width of the mast blocks the entire view of navigable water!

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Magnolia moored alongside at the Dismal Swamp Visitors Center.

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After being on the boat for a couple days nothing feels better than a good leg stretching walk…also referred to as Forced Family Fun!

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The Admiral enjoying a little time on the “Contemplation Bench”

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Like I said, it was a short 22 mile day but VERY cool!

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Portsmouth Virginia tomorrow.

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