We left Morgan City, LA on New Year's Day. They had dredged the marina the 2 days we were there and we left in a very narrow margin while they were taking a break. We got out to the ICW and right away came to a lock. We could not hail the lock master on the radio which was very frustrating. When we got close enough he flagged us through and then told us he was on channel 14 on the radio. We were on 13. We breezed down the ICW and made it to Houma, LA.
Houma has a nice city dock. We walked the town, but being New Year's Day, nothing was open. We needed to fuel up and couldn't do that until in the morning by reservation apparently. We called the fuel company and they said to come anytime so we went in the opposite direction (west) to fuel up. After fueling, we walked to the laundromat to do our laundry. Thought it would only take an hour, but the dryers didn't dry fast so took longer than expected.
On January 3rd we left Houma and made it to Boomtown which is a casino right outside of New Orleans. We tied up there for the night. On January 4th, we left Boomtown at about 8:45 because we had to go through bridges and the do not open until after 8:30 due to rush hour traffic. My big fear was the locks we had to go through. Two sets. One set getting to the Mississippi River and one after the Mississippi River. Made it to the Harvey Lock and we were the only boat in the lock, so we were luck. It was no big deal. Then we went out into the Mississippi River. It was flowing pretty fast, so it was a good thing we were going down the river to get to the other side of the ICW because we would not have been able to get up river. We past the I-10 bridge and Jackson Square. We got to the other side of the ICW to the Navigational Canal Locks and had to go through with the Steamer Natchez that is usually docked at Jackson Square. We got a little banged around when the Natchez took off but not enough to do any damage. We finally made it to Ponchartrain Landing and met up with our friends John and Trish on Mariah. They were on the dock waiting for us.
We have spent 2 weeks here at Ponchatrain Landing due to the nasty, rainy, foggy weather. We have been to the French Quarter twice, once for our 35th Anniversary. The other time just to hang out and have dinner with friends. We met another couple Jay and Penni on their boat Love & Luck. They are headed to Florida too. Mark has repaired things and I have sewn since the weather has not been good enough to do anything else. We spend some evenings playing games with our new friends and other evenings just cuddled in the boat.
Tomorrow we will head east, since we will finally have sunny weather. It is sunny, cold, and windy today, but at least it is sunny. Tomorrow and the next few days are supposed to be sunny too.