Friday, October 1, 2010

Day 37         MM 107  Tennessee River       
Friday, October 1, 2010
Pebble Isle Marina is famous for its fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, and it lived up to its reputation.  We enjoyed coffee and rolls, compliments of Pebble Isle, with fellow loopers Lynn and Jack who are traveling on their catamaran "Felix".   They are over half way through their loop, and they had some good stories and advice.
We left Pebble Isle in the early afternoon and anchored behind an island at mile marker 107.  Felix also anchored here since neither of us chose to travel far today.  A good anchorage and 30 feet deep at the most shallow part.

Total miles: 11      Total bridges:  2      Total locks:  0

Day 36         Pebble Isle Marina, New
Johnsonville, Tennessee,  MM 96 Tennessee
Thursday, September 30, 2010

Transient dock at Pebble Isle Marina

We arrived at Pebble Isle Marina in the early afternoon and hiked to the Johnsonville State Historic Park which was ½ mile away.  In 1864 Confederate Major General Nathan Bedford attacked and destroyed the Union-held river port depot of Johnsonville.  It’s the only record of a naval force being defeated by a cavalry force.  Johnsonville ceased to exist in the early forties when it was purchased and flooded by the Tennessee Valley Authority in order to form the Kentucky Lake. 
We enjoyed the evening with Diana and John who were taking a short vacation with their sail boat on Kentucky Lake. 

Total miles: 16      Total bridges:  0      Total locks:  0

Day 35         Bass Bay, MM 79.7 Tennessee River       
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Abondoned bridge and dock at Cane Creek

Abandoned dock

Bass Bay

Bass Bay

Bass Bay

Again we enjoyed a beautiful morning and then set our course for an anchorage at Leatherwood Creek.  The anchorage, however, turned out to be next to a marina, so we moved on.   The next anchorage, Cane Creek, was across from a row of homes, so we continued up the river.  Our third choice, Bass Bay had an unusually long and twisting course of red and green buoys to follow, but it was worth the extra effort.  It was quiet and secluded.  We are getting spoiled with our beautiful anchorages in the wilderness.  Again we were the only boat in sight.  We enjoyed a sunset dinner on the “aft”.   Since the moon rose later in the evening, we were able to see BILLIONS of stars.  It was incredible.  And when the moon finally came up, its light only added to the beauty of the evening. 

Total miles: 26      Total bridges:  2      Total locks:  0

Day 34          Clay Bay, MM 54.2 Tennessee River       
Tuesday, September 28, 2010

 Pristine Clay Bay

 Sunset at Clay Bay

 Another gorgeous morning at anchor.  Enjoyed coffee and breakfast and left Pisgah Bay early – early afternoon that is.   There are so many beautiful bays in which to anchor that we try to choose one that is about 20 to 30 miles away which at our speed is 2-1/2 to 4 hours of boating.  Clay Bay was in that time frame and turned out to be perfect.  We were the only people there. 

Total miles: 24      Total bridges:  1      Total locks:  0


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