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An intriguing network of rivers, canals, waterways, and open sea circumnavigates the eastern half of North America. This navigable system, known as the Great American Loop along with its numerous side trips beckoned Bob and me in late 2009.
We bought Arkansas Traveler, a 2002 Monk 36 trawler, in the spring of 2010 in Punta Gorda, Florida. In May we began our first voyage, along with our marine surveyor, John Linck, delivering Traveler to Fairhope, Alabama.
In the early summer of 2010, Bob and I cruised up the Mobile River to the Tombigbee River, and across the Tenn-Tom waterway to the Tennessee River. We anchored every night in various nooks and coves along the route, enjoying the sunsets and stars deep in the American south. The barge traffic was fascinating, and we are still in awe at the skills of the tow captains as they pushed multiple, heavily laden barges through the rivers.
We are creating this blog for friends and family who may want to know where we are and what we are doing. This blog is also for those with boats, boating dreams, and an interest in the Loop and its treasures. We invite you along as we explore our trawler, this beautiful corner of our planet, and our adventure.