I am writing this to clear up some questions that we are constantly being asked.
“Isn’t the Mississippi River shut down?”
“Wow… I hear the water is really low, are you sure you don’t want to wait till next year?”
“Have you ever seen the movie Deliverance?”
HAHAH. YES – a portion of the southern Mississippi river was closed because the water was too low for commercial tugs and barges. YES – we did choose a year of significantly low water levels to take this trip. YES – we will at one point run aground, it happens to every boater. YES – we will figure out how to get un-stuck after running aground, because there is no other option. YES – marinas and anchorages have lower than average depths, and will most likely be the deciding factor of where we can, and can not stay each night. NO – I have not seen the movie “Deliverance” and refuse to watch it because otherwise I will not sleep.
I have not found a single forum, article, or website suggesting that “The Great Loop” can not be accomplished this year because of the drought. We are planning for the worst, hoping for the best.