Sunset from our quiet anchorage on Lake Guntersville Saturday night.
When we passed in the other direction, this pocket tug was afloat.
We were actually ready to stop a bit sooner than that, but there are no buoys for the 20 miles leading down to this bridge, and we were not comfortable anchoring for the night without clearly delineated channel to keep the tows well away. The bridge, while navigable for almost the entire span, afforded some protection because the tows only use the two marked navigation spans.
It turned out to be a great spot, with just a bit of shimmering light from Decatur in the distance. We were far enough from the bridge that the Interstate noise was not an issue. And in the morning, the river was so calm we could see reflections in it.
Leaving our very calm anchorage Monday morning, with the I-65 bridge reflected in the river. Decatur beyond.
We might easily have traversed the entire length of Wilson Lake yesterday and locked down through Wilson Lock to Florence -- we're making much better time than I had anticipated, in part because we're having to stretch a bit to find anchorages. Since we'd already made plans in Florence for Wednesday and Friday, arriving Monday seemed a bit premature, and we opted to stop here in the lake instead.
Cliffs on Joe Wheeler Lake.
This morning we will lock through at the enormous Wilson Lock, and we should be anchored in Florence by mid-day. We're looking forward to a nice stop there before continuing downriver into new territory.