3-15-2014: Anchored out in the beautiful, clear blue water by Manjack Cay, Abaco, Bahamas

Saturday, June 2, 2012

June 2, 2012, Pebble Isle;

Our plans were changed a little due to the weather.  Because of the rain we postponed our 2 day anchorage til next week when it looks like the weather will be nicer.  Or, we may just skip our planned anchorage and start the Cumberland.

Keith took me to Memphis, TN, to see Graceland on Thursday as an early Birthday present.  It was about a 3 hour drive and we took the "Platinum Tour" which took us about 4 hours.  It was all I thought it would be and then some.  It really took us back in time.  Keith was very patient and took all of the pictures so I could enjoy the tour.  I must admit, I am proud of him because originally he was going to sit and read a book while I did the tour but the night before he said he would tour with me.  Thank you Keith.  It was a wonderful Birthday present.

Following are some pictures of our tour:

Welcome to Graceland!

Lockheed Jet Star; Hound Dog II

Meditation Garden, one of Elvis' favorite places. 
The grave sites of Elvis, his parents, his Grandmother, and his twin brother.

Entrance to the Automobile Museum.

CO's comments:  I did enjoy seeing Elvis' old cars and his 2 airplanes; a Convair 880 and a Lockheed Jet Star.  There is a guy in our marina that has a Baja-go fast, with 2; 500 hp engines.  He has only been on the water about 3.5 days and has gone through over $1600.00 of fuel.  By the end of the summer he might have to mortgage his home to pay for fuel.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012; Pebble Isle, New Johnsonville, TN

Our resident Grey Heron at the marina

Watching the sun come up through the trees on one of our early morning walks

Another beautiful sunset on May 26, 2012

Sunday, May 27, 2012

May 27, 2012 Still at Pebble Isle

Last weekend we drove the car down to Athens, AL, Bay Hill Marina, and had a real nice visit with our friends we met while doing the Loop in 2010 (Roy and Elvie on the RoyEl). We stayed in their stateroom.  It was good to see them again and we got caught up on every thing.  Originally they were going to do the Cumberland River with us but do to family matters there is a change of plans.  Hopefully we will catch up with them again in the fall when heading south.

We have been getting things ready for our trip up the Cumberland River.  Keith had me doing manual labor the other day.  We cleaned all 9 of our fenders.  Keith did 3 and I did the other 6.  Cleaning fenders is hard work and it takes a lot of "elbow grease".  Our fenders had not been cleaned real good since we finished the Loop last August and they got real dirty in the locks.

 It has been real warm here the last week; mid 90's during the day and mid 70's at night.  We try to take the dinghy out daily and do some exploring and after this crazy weekend gets over with we will take the boat out and anchor again for a few night before leaving on our trip.

CO's comments:  It is nice that we have the state park close by and we take daily early morning walks there.  I am turning into a Civil War, nautical battle, history buff.  In the last couple Leatherneck magazines there have been articles on Confederate and Northern Marines and there were some Marines involved in the battles in this area. 

Pictures from the Tennessee Park next to the marina; a lot of history in this area.

Old Johnsonville during the Civil War

Old Johnsonville Depot during the Civil War

New Johnsonville on the Tennessee River now, part of the park