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Thursday, September 11, 2014

UP YOUR TENNESSEE

THIS THE FALL!!!  We are once again going "up the Tennessee" River.  We tried the Cumberland River in Spring 2014 but were not excited.  The Tennessee River just offers so much more in view, marinas and entertainment.  Also, we plan to tippy toe into the Tennessee-Tom Biggbe Waterway down to Bay Springs area. 

As Tommy and I cruise the river, our XM radio does inspire us.  I know the video is a bit simple but hey, I am the Captain.


Another sunrise along the river when leaving Clifton Marina(1st visit) this cruise.  Tommy and I enjoyed an interesting evening including the story of a "service" monkey. The Clifton music festival is starting and the shuttle driver has a service monkey.  We could not determine what the service was but did meet the monkey.  Now, I ask you "where in the world could you meet a service monkey"?  I did meet the monkey when it jumped to my shoulder but it was after dark during the fireworks display and could not get a picture.  Just take my word for it, no lie!!!

The above photo is a 49 ft. Grand Banks trawler.  She followed us from Clifton Marina and seen here entering Pickwick Lake after locking up.  She is a real beauty with twin 671 HP diesels.  Her Captain Dan is very interesting. He survived Vietnam, cancer and he and his wife have completed the Great Loop 3 TIMES.  That is well over 18,000 miles.  This cruise is the 4th and he reminds use each cruise is difference with new views and friends. 
 The view above is the 49 Grand Banks(left) and our 36 Albin. The tall man in the photo is Dan.  Just gives a perspective of the design and SIZE of the two boats.  Dan could just barley stand up in our trawler.  Seen here at Grand Harbor Marina at Yellow Creek. 
 
The above video depicts what can occur during a long 8 hour cruise with little entertainment.  It is well known that sailors will find their own fun.  My crew was not overly happy with being featured in the video, however, adequate food and grog was dispensed later in the day.  It is fair to warn all readers, more videos are likely to appear.
 
The cruise continues back to Clifton Marina to drop off Tommy and change crew. Denise will board and "up the Tennessee" river cruise will continue. Fair warning, you just never know what you are going to get.
 
Happy sailing
Capt. Barry, Adm. Denise, crew Bailey and Bella 

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