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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cruising UpDate While it has been some weeks since my last post, we have not been idle. The Spring months have been quite busy enjoying our new condo, boat travel and not a motorhome cruise to Hilton Head and Charleston. I just never tire of viewing our little Albin from the water. We have a number of photos from dockside but I finally got the dingy in the water and tried my hand at the tiller. We have plans for the Albin with a hull painting this fall and next fall a painting of the cabin. She will be years younger after the boat "lift". Cruising plans include many trips up the Tennessee River (KY Lake) and possible a trip to Nashville, TN along the Cumberland(Barkley Lake). The water level on Barkley Lake has been below summer pool lately making entry into bays more difficult. Hopefully, the next few weeks the level will improve and we will feel more confident along these shores. The big cruise this year is the Tennessee River over a 2 week cruise. The range will be determined by how many marinas we visit and other ports along the way. I think we can cruise to Pickwick Lake or further in the might Albin. This will be a good test of our locking and docking abilities. Also, a test of the close quarters we will have along the eventual Great Loop cruise. You just nevel know who or what you will encounter on the right side of the water. We were anchored in Ewe Bay on Kentucky Lake this morning when a strange boat entered the bay. After a close inspection, the sign on the side was viewed and the Garmin Survey Boat was mapping our area. I always thought this was accomplished via satelite. We of course hailed the boat and they were kind enough to toss 2 Garmin Caps to us. The mapping will required 2-3 years to complete and produce the next chip for the chartwriter. The trail of boats along the Tennessee River is never ending or boring. We are currently in Charleston, SC visiting family and a short tour of the city, old city I should say scheduled for today and evening. Time is a bit short, I will catch up the blog in coming days recaping our stay in Hilton Head, SC. May you have a following wind, Barry, Denise, Bailey and Bella

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