Hello all! We have decided to take a rest/break from our loop adventure for about a month ,while we go back home to Frankfort, MI, and also visit some family in Atlanta & Knoxville. We plan to pick up our loop journey by mid-November. Just wanted to let you know why you will not be receiving any blog updates for about a month. Be well!
Day #1 Saturday, October 12th
We woke up to a total change in the weather- 40 degrees cooler than most of the last 4 weeks. Yahoo!!! We left Shady Grove Harbor about 9a and made a 6 hour trip to Spring City Boat Dock, in Spring City, TN. It was about 6 miles off the TN River, but worth the stop. There is even an onsite restaurant, which has not happened at that many marinas so far. It worked out perfectly because Suz & Jim could watch the Notre Game game at the restaurant, steps from the boat. No bars around here sell wine, so when I asked, the waitress said I could have a "Wat Cla". Say, what?? Turns out it was a "White Claw", spiked sparkling water. Think I will sneak in some wine next time, although the waitress assured me that "there are no laws when your drinkin' the claws!" Maybe I should reconsider!
DUE TO CRAIG'S STILL BUM ARM, WE BRIBED OUR GUEST, JIM, WITH BEER TO HELP CHANGE THE OIL IN ENGINES. THANK YOU, JIM!
AQUARIUM, CHATTANOOGA, TN
BYE, SHADY GROVE HARBOR!
WHAT'S THE DEAL? IT IS FREEZING UP HERE TODAY!
COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHERE THE ENTRANCE TO THIS LOCK WAS, OR HOW LARGE TOWS MANEUVER THEIR WAY IN!
LOVE HOW THESE SMALL TREES THRIVE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE RIVER!
WE HEARD WE SHOULD NOT MISS THE BEAUTY OF PINEY RIVER, SO OFF WE WENT!
A PANORAMIC VIEW OF PINEY RIVER ENTRY INTO SPRING CITY BOAT DOCK.
Day #2 Sunday, October 13 Had a leisurely morning since we only had about 2 hours to our next stop, Terrace View Marina. You can tell the river winds a lot, because after 2 hours we were still in the same town as last night! This Watts Bar Lake section of the Tennesseee River lives up to its' reputation as being the prettiest of all the lakes on the Tennessee River. Looper Harbor Hosts, Jim & Carol McDonough, welcomed us to their home port of Spring City, and joined us for dinner at the marina's restaurant. Great family run marina and restaurant. The owners have 7 children, homeschool them onsite, and all 7 children work for the marina.
Day #3, Monday, October 14th We left at 9am because we had a 56 mile run today that included a lock at Fort Loudon. Unfortunately, we ran into a cloud bank just as we started out. We idled for about 45 minutes until it cleared up. This travel day was even prettier than the day before. Much flatter and more farmlands. Even got to see some cows hanging out in the river! Thank goodness getting through the lock was quick and easy, and we were in our slip at Fort Loudon Marina by 4pm. We had a fun last evening with our guests.
OUR GOLD LOOPER FRIENDS (and terrific crew!!) SUZ & JIM MERRITT
FOGGY START TO THE DAY
JUST ONE OF MANY BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS ALONG THE WAY
MANY COVES WHERE ONE GET TUCK INTO AND ANCHOR OUT
LEFT THE MOUNTAIN SCENERY FOR FARMLAND VISTAS
I STEPPED OUTSIDE AND FOUND THIS BEAUTIFUL MOONSET & FOG FILLED MORNING
ANOTHER FIRST ON OUR LOOP JOURNEY
PUPS LOOKING VERY WORRIED AS WE TOOK BAGS OFF THE BOAT FOR OUR TRIP NORTH. DON'T WORRY KIDS, WE WOULDN'T ABANDON YOU NOW!!
Day #4, Tuesday October 15th We thought we were going to hang out and do boat chores and pack for our trip back to Michigan, but we just couldn't wait, so threw stuff together, put the pups in the car, and off we went! We are looking forward to returning to
"Contentment" mid-November, and getting back on the water again. Never know what adventures lie ahead! All our best until then, Elizabeth & Craig