"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

November 1, 2010

Oct. 24-27 - AGLCA Rendezvous

The AGLCA Fall Rendezvous was held at Joe Wheeler State Park in northern Alabama. AGLCA is a group of people with the same idea of adventure and love for boating. The rendezvous consisted of guest speakers addressing ports of call, crossing the Gulf, boating safety and other information about the loop from here, around Florida and up the coast to Norfolk, Virginia where the Spring Rendezvous will be held.

Besides the seminars there were kayak races, a life boat drill, cocktail parties and Looper Crawls. During the Looper Crawls we were able to visit boats at the rendezvous and see how they live aboard. It was a good chance to get a few new ideas.

We left Port Lavaca on Saturday October 23 and drove to Little Rock, Arkansas and then on to Rogersville, Alabama on Sunday. The Rendezvous started at 4:00 with registration, happy hour and then dinner. We enjoyed meeting new friends and learning more about the Great Loop. The weather was wonderful most of the week (besides the day we had tornado warnings in the area) and we enjoyed the fall colors we don’t see in the part of the country.

Joe Wheeler Lodge
Looper boats at the Rendezvous
The view from our balcony
The start of Stan's race
The rendezvous was over Wednesday night and we drove to Memphis on Thursday. We took in a few sites, but mostly we enjoyed our room at The Peabody Hotel. Watching the ducks march out of the fountain, down the red carpet and into the elevator was very entertaining.

Memphis skyline
The Mississippi River
Rolling out the red carpet for the duck march
Leading the ducks to the elevator