A weblog for anyone interested in cruising the Great Loop and Inland Rivers
our friends, old and new, reading these web pages: We finished
the Great Loop cruise in August 2003, and we continue to cruise the
Inland Rivers when we can. In the summer of 2007, for example, we spent
seven weeks exploring the
Upper Mississippi River (Cairo, IL to Minnesota). We've been on the Lower
Mississippi (Cairo, IL to New Orleans) five times: twice from mile 599 to New Orleans, three
times from the mouth of the Ohio to the
mouth of the White River (entry to the Arkansas River system).
While this site contains commentary and photos of our Great Loop trip, we will keep adding to it as we cruise new--or well loved--waters. A cruise log for the recently completed Mississippi River cruise is also available.
If you're new to this site, be forewarned--there is a lot of stuff here! New readers or old, we're glad you're here, checking out our adventures. We'd love to hear from you. Send an e-mail to Gary or to Coleen.
The Great Loop cruise legs are described in chronological order. Because we started our Loop much farther west than many Loopers do, and because our location meant we had to cruise the Lower Mississippi River, we covered many more miles than is typical. In addition, we made what was for us a side trip to the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers (most Loopers go south on the Tennessee and Tenn-Tom rather than take the Lower Mississippi). Having done both, we'd take the Tennessee and Tenn-Tom every time.
Calypso Poet spent three years on the Tennessee River, and we're glad to answer questions about this magnificent river, as well as our home river, the Arkansas. It's pretty cool, too, although not as developed.
Photos: This site has a lot of pictures, and we are adding more all the time. Because we are moving the website to a different server (September 2007), some of the photos are not presently available. We are working diligently to get everything transferred and working properly. If you encounter any kind of link that does not work, please let us know.
dark green line:
Great Loop route in 2002-2003
Do you cruise with a pet? Check out Maggie's Four-Squirrel Marinas.