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making our way north

After a week’s stay in Mobile, we left last Sunday to head up the rivers. Nick completed the new paint on the mast and built a great mast cradle for the ride up river, while I drove Ethan to his grandparents, all baby stuff taken care of and had a visit with the doctor. All is going well – I’m around 24 weeks and feeling good. Only complaint is it’s starting to get a bit difficult getting through the doors on the boat!! We did find out by default (received an ultrasound photo that had the sex) that we will be welcoming a baby Girl to our family!!! Ethan is very excited!

We’ve encountered quite a bit of downstream current from all the rain which has made for a slow go. Once we reached Demopolis, the current lessened and we have been making better time (lower part – 4.5 mph ; currently ranging from 5.5 – 6.5 mph). The amount of trash in the water has decreased as well and makes for much better travel. We made it to Columbus, Mississippi today and have stopped at the marina here to change the oil and take a bit of a rest. We’ll head out early tomorrow and see just how many of the locks we can get through in one day. So far timing has been great and we have not had to wait very long at any of the locks (we’ve made it through 4 of the 13 – then we’ll have 2 more on the Cumberland). Weather has been great – sunny and beautiful. We did get a bit of rain while in Demopolis, but while we were at the dock. We miss Ethan like crazy, but know he is having way more fun running around at both grandparents houses than he would on the boat for long days of motoring (and not a beach in site!).

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We should make it to Green Turtle Bay by mid-week, get the mast re-stepped, then make our way on to Nashville.

Happy Memorial Day weekend!!

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10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Congratulations! The timing of this whole journey seems just perfect. Looking forward to catching up with you all!

    May 24, 2013
  2. Aunti and Jamie #

    Stacy and Nick,
    A baby girl, how wonderful and also great that you are doing well and feeling good. What is your due date? Very exciting to have a boy and a girl. I am sure Ethan will be very glad to have
    a baby sister……Keep safe and let us know when you arrive home safely……love, Aunti and Jamie

    May 24, 2013
  3. Pat Van Wyk #

    I know of three people that will be thrilled you are coming home! Big Hooray on the baby girl news!! Travel safe!

    May 24, 2013
  4. Steve Clevenger #

    Almost done…..what a story you have!

    May 25, 2013
  5. Sandy Provow #

    Yay! A girl!!!! So thrilled and can’t wait to see you!

    May 25, 2013
  6. connie vandiver #

    When are you expecting? How great, a little girl!!!! I just know Ethan is excited. Can’t wait to see you. Gallatin Marina is still torn up. No roof on the dock, still fighting the insurance company.

    May 25, 2013
  7. Diane gower #

    Gee, whiz. When I think back to when we first met, and think about your life now…….it reads like a fairy tale. And now a little princess to add to the pirate clan. ( mixed metaphor , I know). Saw my first up close pic of Nick. Now I know who Ethan favors. At first I thought it was you. Now. All three of you favor!

    May 25, 2013
  8. Denise Chitwood #

    I had a feeling you were having a girl! Yay!!! Praying you have a joyful and safe trip home. What a great adventure! Blessings!

    May 27, 2013
  9. susie #

    Yay!!!! A GIRL!!!!!! I got lots of stuff you can borrow if you want cause I never get to share it 😉 And we get another girl in the group 🙂 Can’t wait to see you all. Safe travels are being prayed for. xoxo

    May 28, 2013
  10. Melissa Koester #

    I am so excited for you! Congratulations! Safe journeys home. You all are in my prayers. Hope to catch up with you soon instead of playing phone tag! Hugs and kisses!

    May 28, 2013

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