We planned on motoring the boat both ways, down and back from Afton, but when the connector thing broke on Thursday afternoon, Donavan hitched a ride back to town very early on Friday morning with a friend to get a part, and his truck. We didn't know if the part could be fixed, and thought it would be better to trailer the boat back to be on the safe side. It all turned out okay because Donavan was able to replace the part, and so we had a chance to do some sailing, but it meant that we had to take down the mast and sails and boom and jib, etc., etc. It took a few hours to get that accomplished on Sunday.
One of my favorite parts was on the trip down, going through the lock and dam #3, and also going under the bridges in Red Wing. Here's photos of the trip down. I quit taking photos after we arrived. We were busy just enjoying the time, and then it got too hot to do anything but try to stay cool.
|Lori and Jane at the tiller. Jane even took a turn later on down the river, and she did a great job.|
|The water level was very high, and we saw houses in this state all along the river.|
|Since our sail is too high to pass under the bridge in Prescott, we had to radio the person at the tower, and they lifted the bridge, just for us. And the traffic was all kinds of backed up.|
|Right after we got through the lift bridge, there was a railroad bridge that also had to be lifted.|
|This shows the railroad bridge going down.|
|Sometimes motoring down a river gets a little boring, according to Jane. Good thing she had a book along.|
|While we waited for Lock and Dam #3 to let some barges go through (for about two hours), and Northbound traffic as well, we anchored and Donavan took a nap. Although the hole in his t-shirt was not intentional, it probably provided good ventilation.|
|This was our view coming through Red Wing.|
|Jane had the best seat in the house while we motored in to Lake Pepin.|