Demopolis, AL to Tarpon Springs, FL

What happens when you are busy boating? You fall behind in blogging! Inquiries were made from some of our “loyal fans” as to our whereabouts and health. So, our whereabouts now are in the St. Petersburg, FL, area, and as far as health, “We’re in pretty good shape for the shape we’re in.” We remained…

Florence, AL to Demopolis, AL

One of the cautions we have heeded from veteran Loopers is “Never have a schedule!” But we also say “Always have a plan. That way you know what you are deviating from!” We can attest to the veracity of that saying, especially in the last six weeks. Our original plan, when we started out from…

Eddyville, KY to Florence, AL

One of the questions we considered prior to commencing this great adventure was “how do we handle medical issues when we are living the nomad life on our boat?” Our pre-voyage answer was that we would either use an urgent care or, if it was really serious, we would fly home and use our doctors…

Evansville, IN to Nashville, TN to Eddyville, KY

Lesson One (Dates are flexible) and Lesson Three (Itineraries are flexible) have come into play on a regular basis since our last posting about a month ago. The flood waters receded enough that we could leave Evansville, IN, on Wednesday September 19, 2018. We took the same route downstream on the Ohio River as coming…

Louisville, KY to Evansville, IN

We have spent most of our adult lives in California or the Pacific Northwest. Hurricanes, tropical storms, tropical depressions: those all happened East of Interstate 5. So, when we heard the news about Hurricane Gordon coming ashore near Alabama’s Gulf Coast, we did the mental check to see if we knew anyone there (yes, but…

Louisville, KY

LEW-ee-vill? LOO-vill? Lu-UH-vill? Having now been here since August 5th, we believe we are pronouncing it correctly when we say Lu-UH-vill. At least that is how Genie (the Google Maps voice) says it, and about 85% of the residents we talk to say it. So, we’re going with that. We are beginning to feel like…

Paducah, KY to Louisville, KY

Heading upstream on the Ohio River means burning more fuel and also traveling at a little slower speed in order to conserve fuel. We left Paducah, KY, on Monday July 30th after another day of being a tourist attraction. We shared the pier with PlayPen, a Carver out of St. Louis, crewed by four guys…

Alton, IL to Paducah, KY

We joined the “main” Looper route on Saturday July 21st, when we tied up at the Alton Marina in Alton, IL. What a beautiful marina, with the entire “H” Dock devoted to transient boaters. It’s also the most convenient dock to the office, showers, laundry, store and café. Many marinas put the transient docks as…

St. Paul, MN to Alton, IL

Pat and Jan Eck had gifted us with Where’s Waldo hats, so we took a selfie before we left Watergate Marina on Sunday June 17, 2018. Lenny hoisted the white burgee and we were off. We actually went upstream to Lock and Dam 1 so that we could say we started at the beginning of navigable waters but didn’t go through.

Portland, OR to St. Paul, MN

Our Great Loop adventure began in Portland, OR, on May 30, 2018, when Then Again was hauled out of the Columbia River at Rocky Pointe Marina, located on the Multnomah Channel. We used Dave Salmi’s crew at Rocky Pointe for final preparations, including bottom paint and stem to stern/top to bottom detailing, so that when…