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Old 11-24-2016, 10:26 AM   #21
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:33 AM   #22
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My Captain had me thinking this job was easy!! Holding the boat away from the lock wall was a cinch. Making the bed--not so much. Completed my exercise routine for the day with all the stretching and contortions needed.
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Day 1 lesson: A captain always needs a first mate. They are handy to blame when you can't find something.
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Old 11-24-2016, 10:59 AM   #24
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Old 11-24-2016, 11:59 AM   #25
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My Captain had me thinking this job was easy!! Holding the boat away from the lock wall was a cinch. Making the bed--not so much. Completed my exercise routine for the day with all the stretching and contortions needed.
Wifey B: Maybe you can train him better with time.

We made it as far as Chickamauga in October, but didn't have time to get to Watts Bar. Oh, and think the Watts Bar lock is huge, Wilson Lock is 95' vs. Watts Bar about 70'.

Our dream retirement before we fell into FLL was Chickamauga. I still just find it amazing. Someone asked how far you could go from there. Answer: Around the world. I mean I find that staggering to have such access from so far inland. Makes the lake we lived on seem so small and pitiful. It was only 33 miles long. An hour and time to turn around. Sill I loved it as it was my first and you never forget your first.
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Old 11-24-2016, 12:00 PM   #26
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Never thought got I'd have to worry about hitting a deer with the boat. Wouldn't that be a good claim for the insurance.
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Day 1 lesson: A captain always needs a first mate. They are handy to blame when you can't find something.
Wifey B: Does he know about mutinies and coups?

Looking in Crystal Ball to Future. Hello, Captain Bonnie.
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Old 11-24-2016, 12:05 PM   #28
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Never thought got I'd have to worry about hitting a deer with the boat. Wouldn't that be a good claim for the insurance.
Wifey B: We stopped on Nickajack to wait for one crossing. They don't swim all that well and with us approaching she started to swim down river instead of toward the side. When we stopped she quickly got to the side and the moment her feet hit bottom, she took off running. Put that on the list of things I never imagined seeing either. I wanted to ask her why she was crossing but figured I'd get a smart aleck answer from her like to get to the other side.
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Have a great trip! You will enjoy Fort Myers. Just a thought, you might want to substitute "acclamation" for "training", unless you're planning on being trained also.

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Old 11-24-2016, 12:39 PM   #30
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Sorry you won't be in town moonstruck. We'll catch on the way back in the spring. Help me figure out how to respond to say number 18 when I'm on 45 as far as the little numbers on the thread
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Old 11-24-2016, 05:34 PM   #31
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We have a watch dog. Bonnie's not done sure about him
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Old 11-24-2016, 05:38 PM   #32
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Never thought got I'd have to worry about hitting a deer with the boat. Wouldn't that be a good claim for the insurance.
On a recent trip we saw a buck swimming across the GIWW between Port O'Connor and Rockport. He was confused for a while trying to decide whether to keep going and try to het across before we got there or turn around and go back. He finally decided to get out of the way, although by then we had stopped to try to get some pictures.

It was a first for us.
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Old 11-24-2016, 06:06 PM   #34
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We are a few days ahead of you. I came up to Knoxville to join my friends on their Carver 57 for the trip down river. Today we are at the Aqua marina at Pickwick Lake where we stopped for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow morning we will enter into the Tombigbee and start heading to Mobile and then on to Pensacola. Then I am headed back to LA to pick up Scot Free to bring it to Pensacola.

You might catch up with us as we are taking our time and splitting our overnights between anchoring and marinas. Give us a shout if you do. We are on Anytime Baby.

The trip so far has been beautiful with the fall colors and easy navigation on the Tennessee River. we enjoyed Chattanooga and spent three days there. We met some lovely people so far, on their boats also planning or starting the GL.


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Old 11-24-2016, 08:12 PM   #35
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Look forward to meeting you Mr McGillicuddy. We are doing the same as far as anchoring and staying in a Marina. We have friends in bay springs so we may stay two nights.
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Old 11-24-2016, 08:20 PM   #36
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Old 11-24-2016, 09:20 PM   #37
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Glad to see the smoke has cleared out around Chattanooga for you. A record drought, arsonists and careless people have caused a rash of wildfires recently. When I was home on Signal Mountain a couple weeks ago, the air was thick with smoke and you could see fires burning on the ridges from miles away. One fire was about 7 miles from our house, but the winds and some heroic fire fighters kept it away from our neighborhood.

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Old 11-25-2016, 07:08 AM   #38
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Hey David, It's good to see you out on the Rivers again. We met on your way up when you stopped at Goose Pond.
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Old 11-25-2016, 08:00 AM   #39
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'Serenity' on the go.

'Serenity' will also be on the move. We are heading back to Texas.

We will be ready and standing by for weather on Sunday night and plan on leaving Joe Wheeler in NW Al. as soon as the high winds and forecasted rain leaves the area.

David, if you should get here before I leave, I have my van here an can give you guys a ride to Walmart, Sams Club or where ever you need to go.

Hope to catch you guys along the way.
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If any of you get to marathon ,stop by harbour Cay club for a nite or two. We have had many loopers come thru in the past years. We are in the directory and active captain. Enjoy and remember ,it the journey,not the destination. Be safe and enjoy.
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