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A Nickle Back

A Nickle Back

September 30, 2018 Sunday  Clifton Marina, Clifton, TN mile 158.5       0 nautical miles   Why move if life is good?

35°23’07.5″N 88°00’20.7″W
35.385425, -88.005738
Elevation: 364 feet  **up 5 feet from yesterday due to the water being released from Pickwick Dam

Today’s entry actually starts last night, past the posting of yesterday’s blog and past Looper midnight (9:00pm). Just as we were getting ready to go to bed the mid-ship bilge pump kicked on. Dale looked at Mary and casually says ‘The boat is sinking’. Of course this sent her into panic attack even though the slow leak we’ve been watching wasn’t any worse than it has been for the past week.  The class in Marine Mechanics 101 followed. Dale with his injured arm coached Mary as she worked on the leak.

Waffles for Sunday morning breakfast! The Looper boat SELAH invited BLUE GOOSE and us over for breakfast. What a treat!

Water is up 5 feet from yesterday due to water being released from Pickwick Dam. During the night the water swished and swirled around the marina rearranging the hippos and alligators (dead trees and logs). The little stagnant pockets in the corners of the marina have all been refreshed and look appealing. Lots of turtles crawled on logs to check out the rearranged digs.

The NICKELs came BACK to visit! We’ve been friends for 30+ years. Ray and Judy drove down from Nashville. We sat on the marina patio and watched the Tennessee Titans beat the Eagles. Other Loopers slowly congregated for docktails around us. There is an old Girl Scout song about friendship ‘Make new friends but keep the old. Some are silver but the others gold’ . Ray and Judy are definitely gold! We truly treasure our new Looper friends too.
HA. A couple of Loopers who had met Ray earlier compared him to a bad penny that keeps showing up. Really it’s getting a nickel back.

At the end of the evening we visited with the marina office manager Sonja and the marina owner Gene. Sonja makes us laugh and Gene is the epitome of a Southern gentleman. Do we really have to eventually leave? I’m thinking we should check out annual rates.

Pictures

Clifton Marina TN Uber – Across the water alley looks close  but it is a bit of a walk to get there from our dock. Tim has it figured out. He jumps in his pontoon and putters over. Thanks Tim for the ride! New friends and old. Left to right clockwise  Susan, Judy, Tim at the helm, Ray and Mike.
Clifton Marina, TN – Watching the Titans win with Ray and Judy Nickle. The Bears won too.  Lovely Amy from the marina office came out side, set up the fan and turned it on us. Love you Amy!
Clifton Marina, TN – Neighbors. Lumberjack Mike and his wife Susan have the awesome BIG house boat on the left side of yes dear. Water Uber Tim and his lovely wife are in the houseboat two to the right of us, past Trump 2020. You can see Tim on the upper deck of his boat. I love this marina.
Mary’s Marine Mechanics 101 – Leaking drive shaft packing box. The drive shaft packing case is the place where drive shaft goes through the boat to the outside propeller. Material is stuffed around the drive shaft and squeezed together in a packing box, making it water tight. Ours wasn’t and had a steady stream dribbling out of it causing the bilge pumps to engage about every 3 hours. The dribble was caused by normal wear and tear of the boat. Normal vibration over the course of the last 1500 nautical miles on the Loop caused the packing to loosen. Mary had to squeeze in and tighten both nuts. It’s important to keep the same amount of torque on each nut so that the surface plate is flat. If you tighten one nut more than the other nut it can result in a bigger leak. It’s also important to not tighten it too tight. A slow drip is needed to help lubricate the shaft when the engines are running.
Sonja makes us laugh
What kind of flowers are these? Amy from the marina said ‘Easter Lilly’s’ but I know she is pulling my leg.
Water and Wooly

Water and Wooly

September 29, 2018 Saturday  Clifton Marina, Clifton, TN mile 158.5       0 nautical miles

35°23’07.5″N 88°00’20.7″W
35.385425, -88.005738
Elevation: 359 feet

Lock people have nothing to do with dam people and dam people do what they damn will please. I was surprised to see Looper boats BLUE GOOSE and SELAH still in the marina when I got up at 9:00 am this morning. Pickwick Lock just upstream, the direction Loopers are heading, opened 6 flood gates making the current horrendous. BLUE GOOSE and SELAH decided to wait a couple days till it settles. Through out the day 5 more Looper boats came in to wait the water out.

Two factors are combining to make the current on the Tennessee River especially strong now:  recent heavy rains in the Valley and the beginning of the seasonal drawdown of the lake elevations from Summer to Winter pool. For Winter the Pickwick Lock drops the Tennessee River down from the normal 414 feet elevation to the Winter elevation of 408 feet in preparation for rains.  Both the Pickwick and Kentucky dams are discharging 100,000 cubic-feet/second by spilling at the gates and running most of the generators.  We’ve heard discharging < 40,000 cubic-feet/second and all the generators running is ideal for approaching Pickwick Lock.

One piece of the local color is Tim aka ‘Wooly’. (Make sure you see his picture is below). Dale’s has sat in the marina restaurant almost long enough and jawed almost long enough to become part of the local color himself.

We walked to downtown Clifton, 1 mile way, in the afternoon to get a little exercise. After walking down the middle of the road to get there we sat a on a Main Street bench for half an hour or more and counted cars… four.

Dale has been talking to the locals about a good marine mechanic in the area.  Yes Dear has a vibration on the port side and a small leak in the packing on the  starboard shaft. Nothing serious, but they need to be looked at. The owner of the marina had to go out today and rescue one of the recommended marine mechanics today because he ran out of gas. Guess Dale won’t be calling him.

We are planning on staying here to at least Tuesday so the pinched nerve in Dale’s neck has time to get better.

Pictures

Clifton Marina, TN – BLUE GOOSE and SELAH early morning. Loopers and locals congregated under the patio roof all day to pass time jawing. A beautiful day on the river.  5 more Looper boats were parked in front by night fall.
Clifton Marina, TN – Tim ‘Wooly’ and Amy (who runs the marina) – Waxing Wooly. A few years back Tim was working out side his boat with his shirt off. A friend of his who was a NASCAR driver started heckling him about his hairy body and threatened to have him waxed. Tim jokingly said sure for $5,000 to charity. Much to his dismay one of the tracks where his friend was racing immediately raised $1,500, slapped it down and said you’re on! The day of the event several hundred people gathered to see him waxed by 5 beauticians. Waxing didn’t work because he was too darned hairy. The beauticians took him into a room and Nair’d him. (Nair is a hair removal product). Tim returned in full glory while an Elvis impersonator performed an American Trilogy. The remaining hair on his back proudly displayed an America flag! Tim raised over $5,300 for St Jude Hospital.
Some days are more fun than others

Some days are more fun than others

September 28, 2018 Friday  Clifton Marina, Clifton, TN mile 158.5       0 nautical miles  95 statue miles

35°23’07.5″N 88°00’20.7″W
35.385425, -88.005738
Elevation: 359 feet

We originally were thinking about staying in the Clifton Marina for 2 days.  Looks like we are going stay here for a couple more. Dale has slightly pulled muscle in his chest from pulling up the anchor a couple of days ago. Coddling it while we cleaned the boat caused a new pain to manifest as a pinched nerve in his neck and arm. Thank goodness the marina has a courtesy car. Dale felt so crappy this morning I drove him to the doctor.  He got a shot in each check (a cortisone and an anti-inflammatory) and 3 prescriptions.  He feels a lot better already, but still needs to lay low for a couple days.

Shortly after we got back into the marina the fellow Loopers BLUE GOOSE, who we met earlier, and SELAH pulled into the transient dock for the night. It was fun catching up with them.

Pictures

Clifton Marina, TN backwater – There is always a little backwater in every marina.  Every since the guy in Birdsong Marina told me about water moccasins snakes I’ve been watching out for them.  I’m a little on edge for alligators but we are still too far north …. I think.    (Neither is in this picture)
Clifton Marina, TN – The trouble with river marinas.  All kinds of gunk from the river washes into them.  This is a picture of a full sized tree. Glad it isn’t behind our boat.
America the Beautiful

America the Beautiful

September 27, 2018 Thursday  Birdsong Creek, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River mile 103.5 Camden,  TN   to Clifton Marina, Clifton, TN mile 158.5       50.3 nautical miles

35°23’07.5″N 88°00’20.7″W
35.385425, -88.005738
Elevation: 359 feet

O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain
America, America, God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea

I think Katharine Lee Bates missed a verse when she wrote America the Beautiful.  The verse about how beautiful the Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River is, is missing. (Then again she had been dead for 20+ years before the Tennessee Valley Authority built the dam.)

The Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River stretch of the Loop has been beautiful despite the past few rainy days. (Yes, it did rain again today but we did the sun at sunset.) Most of where we traveled is not even viewable by road, only by water. I feel very fortunate to have been able to travel this waterway.

We are starting to see a hint of color change in the trees.

Pictures

Interstate US40 TN Tennessee River mile 117 – end of Kentucky Lake.
Tennessee River – south of Interstate US40 TN – pelicans.  You might not really be able to see much from this picture unless you really blow it up.  There are a LOT of pelicans migrating.  I’m reasonably sure I’m under-exaggerating when I say we saw 8-10 flocks with over 100 birds.  Each of the flocks were kettling in the thermals and other smaller flocks and single pelicans would come from all around making the flock larger and larger.
Tennessee River – Depth Finder – As wide as the river is there was a surprising amount of turbulence from time to time.  The turbulence is caused by a very undulating river bed bottom.  The undulations in the river bottom ranged from 10-20 feet in height.
Tennessee River – bluffs
Tennessee River – houses
Decaturville, TN
Mermaid Marina, Lagoon Lane, Decaturville, TN
We saw the Ginger G again and talked to them on VHS. They are from St Louis and heading to the Keys.
Ginger G – The guy is sitting in his hammock chair in the front of the boat. They even have a white cockatoo on board. I could see it through the window with my binoculars.
Clifton Marina TN mile 158.5 – Sunset. SUNset.   Do you like the reflection of the beer signs in the water?
Are we still having fun?

Are we still having fun?

September 26, 2018 Wednesday  Birdsong Creek, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River mile 103.5 Camden,  TN       0 nautical miles    0 statute miles

35°58’15.5″N 88°02’54.5″W
35.970980, -88.048482
Elevation: 359 feet

Judy asked us yesterday when she picked up Ray ‘Are you still having fun?’ The answer is definitively yes! There are both new adventures and new problems every day. We enjoy actively working at living; always alert for air and water conditions, actively planning and contingency planning, figuring out the next anchorage, the next grocery stop ……

The problems are simply that. Problems. Part of actively living.

Today was sort of a nothing day. We decided to stay at Birdsong Marina for another day and work around the boat. The place is starting to grow on us.  The Birdsong Marina employees are really friendly.

It has been great having people on traveling with us, but today it was nice just being the two of us.

Pictures

Birdsong Marina fish cleaning station.  You put the guts in at the top and then spray them down the chute with a hose.
Birdsong Marina circus tent. Mary finally got enough courage to look inside it. It’s filled with junk.
Birdsong Marina shop. The Birdsong Marina shop is atop a sunken barge.  I doubt they have used it in years. It too appears to be filled to the brim with junk. The sunken river boat is on the left.
Birdsong Marina duck blind. On a pontoon and has an overhang to hide the boat used to move it.

Yes, it rained again today.  The sun will come out Tomorrow! Tomorrow! Tomorrow!

O Solo Mio

O Solo Mio

September 25, 2018 Tuesday  Birdsong Creek, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River mile 103.5 Camden,  TN   0 nautical miles   44+ statue miles (2 trips to towns)

35°58’15.5″N 88°02’54.5″
35.970980, -88.048482
Elevation: 359 feet

No surprise it rained again today!   After a leisurely cup of coffee we borrowed the marina car and went to Camden, TN for breakfast and groceries. I was surprised to find riding in a car nerve racking. I think it’s because it’s been about 2 months since I have traveled over 18 mph. Dale actually parked funny in one parking slots because he was subconsciously calculation wind, drift and pivot point.

Judy, Ray’s wife, came to pick him up shortly after we returned to the boat from our errands. Quick hugs in pouring rain and then they were off. If the weather was nicer they would have stuck around longer … bummer. Ray, you’ve been a great deck hand! Judy, I’d have loved to have visited with you longer. Next time!

O solo mio.  Back to just Dale and Mary.  Maybe I should say ‘solo noi due’, just the two of us.

The Bird Song Marina had an electrician stop by to take a look at power issues from yesterday. Dale helped him. They got everything going except the AC on our boat. Dale suspects the marina circuits are old/weak and trip too easily when the boat AC draws current.  Guess we will find out if it’s really the boat that has issues when we stop at the next marina.

Pictures

Who’s in for supper? Sliced pork fat and jowl back. (Never saw this at Cub grocery in MN)
Birdsong Marina Tennessee River mile 103.5 – Rain
Birdsong Marina Tennessee River mile 103.5 – Dale working with Christopher the electrician

We did get some sun late in the day

Birdsong Marina Tennessee River mile 103.5 – This duck blind has it’s own slip on the dock.
Birdsong Marina Tennessee River mile 103.5 – Sunken houseboat at end of dock. It’s been there for a couple of years. You can still see the ladder and the top.
Wash Rinse Repeat

Wash Rinse Repeat


September 24, 2018 Monday    White Oak Bay, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River, mile 81.5, TN to Birdsong Creek, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River mile 103.5, TN 23 nautical miles

35°58’15.5″N 88°02’54.5″W
35.970980, -88.048482
Elevation: 359 feet

Awake from the anchor out in White Oak Bay, Dale was up early and saw an amazing thing. A fish jumped and suddenly the entire bay was filled with jumping fish that were not Asian carp. A few minutes later it happened again.  He was so amazed he had Ray and Mary go sit out side with him in hopes to see it again.  After several cups of coffee, toast and great conversation watching the straight down rain, it didn’t happen again. Consolation Prize: A rooster started to crow and crowed for about 30 minutes.

We are all catching up on our reading. Ray: Sue Grafton ‘Y is for Yesterday’; Mary: Frederik Bachman ‘Us Against You’; Dale: National Geographic.

It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining (Wash Rinse Repeat) …. Just like yesterday it was rainy, hazy and gray.

It did get interesting once we started to pull into Birdsong Creek mile 103.5 and heading to the marina.

White Oak Bay where we anchored out

White Oak Bay, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River, mile 81.5, TN – The chicken farmer in on the hill in the bay we anchored in.
White Oak Bay, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River, mile 81.5, TN – looking out of the bay we anchored in

Putting Ray to the Test – Final Exam on his last full day

Kentucky Lake – Tennessee River – Putting Ray to the test
Kentucky Lake – Tennessee River – Bird Song Marina mile 103.5 – entrance – Pulling into Birdsong Creek and heading to the marina. Ray needs to squeeze between the green and the red.  Ray had to demonstrate his utmost navigation skills to maneuver through the 2.5 mile windy, twisty, narrow channel. It would have been a challenge for a Master Mariner. Proud to say he passed his ‘yes dear’ piloting class.
Kentucky Lake – Tennessee River – Bird Song Marina mile 103.5 – previous resident dashing out as we are going in (they left and we got their transient slip). Note the Harley on the back deck. There was a suit of mail on the bow.

Birdsong Creek Marina.

This place is a hoot.  The dock hand put us in golf cart and took us on a tour of the place. The marina office had a sign stating ‘No Smoking’.  I’m guessing it meant no smoking for the patrons because it smelled so smoky in there I could hardly breathe.

Kentucky Lake – Tennessee River – Bird Song Marina mile 103.5 – Neighbors
Kentucky Lake – Tennessee River – Bird Song Marina mile 103.5 – Neighbors
Kentucky Lake – Tennessee River – Bird Song Marina mile 103.5 – Fresh water pearl farm.  Birdsong Creek has the only fresh water pearl farm in the United States.  The fresh water pearl is the state gem of Tennessee. We met the John diver who maintains the pearl farm. They had great little museum here but it burnt down last year.   Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood did a segment on this about 15 years ago. The PBS Discovery Channel will be here to film later this week. There is a viewing area on the left side the picture ’cause the mussels (not oysters) are interesting to watch????
Bird Song Marina – electrical debugging team. We couldn’t get electrical power on the boat. Dale ended up debugging the entire marina for them. They said they would call an electrician tomorrow, but I doubt it.  Ray, Dale, John the pearl diver, Bob the owner, Skip the harbor master
Kentucky Lake – Tennessee River – Bird Song Marina mile 103.5 – sunset – Ray and Dale tossing a line. Ray caught a gar.
It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining

It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining

September 23, 2018 Sunday    Green Turtle Bay Marina, Grand Rivers, KY  to   White Oak Bay, Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River, mile 81.5, TN   54 nautical miles

36°15’46.8″N 87°55’05.6″W
36.262993, -87.918220
Elevation: 358

Leaving Green Turtle Bay in Lake Barkley (Cumberland River) we took the 1.5 mile long Barkley Canal west to Kentucky Lake (Tennessee River).  Both large reservoir lakes run north/south. The area of land between these two reservoirs is named The Land Between The Lakes. Imagine that.

Lakes are a bit more boring than rivers.  No dodge a log or dodge a barge.  Mary had really looked forward to traveling on the Kentucky River. It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t RAINING.  The shoreline and small islands are dramatic.

Green Turtle Bay Marina where we stay

There are Green Turtles in Green Turtle Bay!  Feeding frenzy.  The little store sells turtle pellets for $1.00 a bag. I bought a bag. It was fun to see them dash over. It was interesting to see them surface from the bottom.  I’d either see a big air bubble or a swirl of water, then a turtle surfaced much like a submarine.
Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – We are at the end of the left dock. It is not an illusion that the dock roof gets higher and higher and the dock slips get longer and longer.
Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – looking down the dock

Tales from the Loop… Several boats leaving from Alton Marina on the Mississippi River had their strainers clog up with mud and had to be towed to safety and a service marina.  I think we will check our strainers before we take off again. Dale definitely has a full time job keeping the boat functioning. Yesterday he was tinkering with a soft O ring that was leaking oil. Each day there is something new to look at.

Strainer cleaning – Not too bad. About 2 inches of crud at the bottom. Mostly May flies. Wait!!?! May flies the end of September?

On Kentucky Lake

Kentucky Lake. yes dear to infinity and beyond! 166 degrees True – Autopilot is a wonderful thing to have. Land Between the Lakes is on the left.
Kentucky Lake – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining – All the little bays
Kentucky Lake – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining – All the little islands.
Kentucky Lake – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining – All the little islands.
Kentucky Lake – Rain kept us in the lower helm again today
Kentucky Lake mile 60.3 – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining –  Welcome to Tennessee! Kentucky/Tennessee border on the west side the river. Kentucky/Tennessee border on the east side the river was a couple of miles up back. 
Kentucky Lake – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining – bay, one of many
Kentucky Lake – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining – day mark on stilts
Kentucky Lake mile 78.2 – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining – mile 78.2 – Louisville & Nashville RR Bridge with span removed. Abandoned dock in back.
Kentucky Lake mile 78.2 – It would have been beautiful if it wasn’t raining – abandoned dock for the Old Danville Grain Elevator

White Oak Bay anchorage

We anchored in White Oak Bay. Depth on the charts read 11 feet. Depth on the depth finder read 4.2 feet. Our draft is 4 feet. When we kicked into reverse to set the anchor the depth changed to 0 feet!!!! Mud bottom …..   It should be interesting pulling anchor tomorrow.

The Guacamole Makers Ray and Dale
Mary BBQing. Blacked chicken and asparagus

Back to Green Turtle Bay Dock Life (I took a lot of pictures and didn’t want to bore you so I put them on the bottom… if you get to here)

Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – life on the dock – look at the BBQ grill. There is a wide screen TV outside of this picture to the right.
Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – life on the dock
Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – life on the dock
Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – Look at the houseboat behind the first boat.  Completely fills the picture. yes dear at end of dock past house boat.
Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – Houseboat 80 feet, 3 levels. Could be yours for $500,000 (less than I expected having looked at the prices of motor yachts).
Haven’t had this problem before … coffee getting cold

Haven’t had this problem before … coffee getting cold

September 22, 2018, Saturday    Paducah, KY  to Green Turtle Bay Marina, Grand Rivers, KY    40.9 nautical miles

37°00’25.3″N 88°13’22.0″W
37.007028, -88.222772
Elevation: 352 feet

Tales from the Loop… Yesterday RECESS, who we were traveling with, had had enough of anchoring on the river so they decided to run it to Green Turtle Bay on the Cumberland River. I can understand why RECESS was tired of being on the river. The last night we anchored with them a sizeable flotsam log got tangled in their anchor chain.  Rick had to drop his dingy and go cut the log off. (We only had to work it out of the mud.) Unfortunately when RECESS got up to Barkley Lock & Dam, first Lock on the Cumberland River, he had to hang on the lock wall for about 10+ hours because the lock was offline. He finally got to Green Turtle Marina at 8:00 PM and had to dock in the dark. About 10 people met them with flashlights to help him in.

Haven’t had this problem before…With navigation lights on and light rain yes dear left the Paducah Dock with SPIRITUS and CHANGE OF PACE having heard the Barkley Lock & Dam was again operational. About 1/3 of the way learned ‘operational’ meant ‘running on auxiliary power’. They hoped to be able to keep it operational and we should check back when we got closer. Guess it breaks down a lot. Wonder what their annual budget is for duct tape?  We kept cruising forward at our exhilarating 5 knts.

Haven’t had this problem before…The weather changed to cold and rainy. In the upper helm coffee was getting cold before we could finish it. We all went downstairs to use the lower helm so we could enjoy a warm cup of Folgers.

Haven’t had this problem before…What actually drove us to the lower helm was the heavy rain.

Cumberland River heavy rain
Cumberland River heavy rain – Ha! I caught the splash from the leak in our bimini (canvas top over upper helm)
Dale had to put on his rain suit and clear the sunscreen from the windshield and lower the bikes and lines so we could see.  This was the first time we ever used the lower helm. We had always talked about trying it and never had. Jinx. Earlier this week we talked about trying out the lower helm when we got on the Kentucky Lake, a big open body of water, so we were ready when we got to the Gulf.
Cumberland River – trifecta – heavy rain, ox bow turn and barge

Pictures …

Ohio River mile 930 – Dredging in the middle of the channel.  Pretty sizable dredge!
Ohio River mile 930 – Dredge support team
Cumberland River mile 1 – I think this is supposed to be up and down not diagonal. You can still see the Ohio River in the background. We had just crossed into the Cumberland River.
Smithland, KY – My Old Kentucky Home
This section of the Cumberland River had a lot of commercial barges, especially barges being filled with rocks. It sounded like thunder every time a dump trunk dumped a load of rocks from the platform above into a barge below. I opted to take this picture to share what the other parts of the river looked like so you didn’t need to look at crushed rocks.

 

Barkley Lock & Dam Cumberland River mile 30.6 – 57′ lift – to the West
Barkley Lock & Dam Cumberland River mile 30.6 – 57′ lift – to the East
Barkley Lock & Dam Cumberland River mile 30.6 – 57′ lift – SPIRITUS
Barkley Lock & Dam Cumberland River mile 30.6 – 57′ lift – CHANGE OF PACE  (and Dale’s finger on left)
Barkley Lock & Dam Cumberland River mile 30.6 – Ray and Mary at double decker bollard. Decisions. Decisions.  Which one should we hook to?  We took the upper one.
Barkley Lock & Dam Cumberland River mile 30.6 – Lake Barkley
Mile 31.7, Green Turtle Bay Marina – yes dear is a baby boat on end cap on a dock for 60-70 foot house boats. The house boat on the left is for sale for $500K

 

Dinner with friends in the local restaurant and docktails on our boat past looper midnight (9:00pm). RECESS and BLUE GOOSE. Haven’t had this problem before…Both Dale and Ray managed to spill a glass of water on Rick (RECESS) before our meal even came.

Paducah’d at Paducah

Paducah’d at Paducah

September 21, 2018, Friday    Bean Branch Creek, Kevil, KY  to Paducah, KY   17.2 nautical miles

37°05’35.3″N 88°35’52.9″W
37.093130, -88.598022
Elevation: 304 feet  (up river 14 feet)

OK, I’m back to the spiders topic again…… I vacuum up as many spiders as I can EVERY day and was sure after 50+ days I had gotten all the big ones. Wrong. Found this beauty today. I’m sure in its pulled in form it was over 2 inches long.  I actually think this kind of spider looks pretty cool. The round ugly fat ones I really hate. I sucked him up any way.
Ohio River mile 944 rail roadroad bridge. I love you cloud! At least we had 1 today.
Ohio River mile 943 Fort Massac Illinois side. Ray was stationed here in his youth when Lewis & Clark came by. He used to load muskets.
Smile Ray! I’m taking your picture.     Another problem with anchoring out. Last shower for any of us was four days ago, Monday, 17-Sep-18. It’s been REALLY HOT and HUMID. We do have both a shower and potable water on the boat but we are conserving it for other uses like cooking, dishes, making ice cubes and brushing our teeth. The Ohio River is too ugly to swim in. We try to sit as far from each other in the boat as possible and not down wind. (Actually no one really stinks yet but we all look like we do.)
Paducah, KY city dock. New this year.
Paducah, KY city dock

Immediate task on hand was to shower then paint the town!

Paducah, KY Lewis & Clark with Native guides Quilt museum.   (We skipped it because we had been there before. Awesome place. Go there if you get to Paducah!)
Paducah, KY downtown

After a bite to eat the 3 of us took a Lyft to go grocery shopping. New experience.  None of us had ever taken a Lyft it before. We had to first down load the app.  Getting to a liquor store, our next stop, was interesting to say the least. The first one we went to was a pull-up window with bullet proof glass.  We drove by. The second was permanently closed. The Lyft driver suggested we go to the one she likes rather than us keeping pulling names out of Google. Good idea. It worked (too well).

Paducah’d at Paducah.  Provisions were low and we know we be traveling through dry counties in Kentucky and Tennessee. Hope this holds us til Nashville.