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Rainy Days & the Dismal Swamp Canal

After spending the morning in Hampton, VA (free bikes to ride!) we made our way through Norfolk, past the war ships and bridges, into the Dismal Swamp.  We anchored in the Dismal Swamp Basin just before Deep Creek Lock.  It was beautiful and the narrow entrance boasted 8-12 ft.

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

The next morning, we got up for the first lock at 0830 and started our journey through the canal.

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

Deep Creek Lock was a small and gentle lock.  It was a slow rise of about 8 ft and no strong currents in the lock.

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

The lockmaster Robert played a conch for us and treated us with orange juice and cookies.  He has quite a large collection of conch shells and asked us to bring him one back for him too!

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

The canal was like a hike through the woods.  We watched the endless overhanging trees with their fall colors turning, breathed in a woodsy smell and felt a light misting of rain all day.

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

The fresh water looked like over-brewed tea.

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

There were a few homes along the way. This one was the most interesting.

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

After we went through the second lock, South Mills, we saw more swampy moss and trees growing up from the water.

Dismal Swamp Canal Albin Vega Sailboat Velocir

As our day ended, this very healthy bald eagle was perched above the water just near our anchorage in Goat Island.

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About VELOCIR

Velocir is and Albin Vega 27 built in 1973. She has been redone and outfitted for world cruising by her owners Grant and Amelia.

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One thought on “Rainy Days & the Dismal Swamp Canal

  1. Wow that is so cool! Reading your description of how it was like hiking enabled me to smell the woodsiness and I could almost hear the breeze in the trees! The bald eagle shot is amazing! And the pictures of the water and surroundings are so interesting…

    I am glad to hear that it was the Dismal Swamp and not the Swamp of Sadness!

    I am enjoying your blog so very much!!!!! Thank you for writing Amelia!

    Posted by Emily Willard | October 21, 2011, 07:56

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