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

Friday, June 22, 2012

6-21 and 22-2012; Sugar Bay anchorage near Benton, KY

We only had about 5 hours of travel today so we pretended it was Sunday and slept in.  We got out on the river by 12:30 and it was another hot one.  About 16:45 we left the Cumberland River via the Barkley Canal and we were back on the Tennessee River again.  We really liked the Cumberland.  There was  beautiful scenery but if we had to choose, we would pick the Tennessee River as it has more coves for anchoring, it is wider and deeper.  It was a little weird traveling until about 18:00 before anchoring.  Stopping so late we didn't sit down to dinner until 19:30.  We both decided we liked getting up early and stopping by 14:00 or 15:00. 

CO's comments:  Before we arrived at the Barkley Canal, I told the XO to take over and get us through.  She did a marvelous job.  Summer has arrived and all the neat coves are filling up with boats early in the day.  This is one of the reasons we decided it is best to start the day early.

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Leaving Lake Barkley State Park Marina on 6-21-2012.

Going by the Kentucky State Penitentiary at Mile 43.8 on the Cumberland River.  It is also known as the "Castle on the Cumberland" and is the state's maximum security male facility.  It was completed in 1886 and is the state's oldest prison and an imposing site along the river.  It is located in Old Eddyville where the town used to be before it was relocated when the Barkley Dam was built.

One of the few anchorages on the Cumberland, not far from Green Turtle Bay at Mile 34.0+/-.

Landscape around our anchorage in Sugar Bay, Mile 35.7 on the Tennessee River.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

6-20-2012, Lake Barkley State Park Marina, Mile 59.0+

Wednesday:  Another beautiful day on the river.  We went 33.4 miles to Lake Barkley State Park which is 2 miles up the Little River.  We got here early in the afternoon and this evening we ate at the Hotel restaurant.  It was very good; you could order the buffet or off the menu.  It is a beautiful old Hotel built in 1966.  On our way up the Cumberland we got gas here and then went a short ways to a nice anchorage but we decided to stay at the marina this time.  Very good rates at .85 a foot and their fuel is just $3.86 a gallon where most every where else on the Cumberland it is $4.50 to $5.00.  I even got five TV stations here.

We only passed one tow today but it was a big and heavy one.  He was pushing 15 barges all full with 15,000 tons of coal each and he was heading for the TVA Steam Plant at Mile 103 in Cumberland City.  Wow, 225,000 tons is a lot to push!

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CO's comments:  Last time in here, I should have left a track on my chart plotter but I didn't and we had some difficulty finding the channel and markers.  This time I left a track so we can follow it on the way out.  It is a little alarming when you are in 27 feet of water and in a split second you are only in 6 feet of water.   This is a very nice marina but the yearly rate for a slip is twice what we paid at Pebble Isle on the Tennessee River.

Fort Donaldson National Battlefield at Mile 88 on the Cumberland River.  The guns are pointed downriver where they were placed by confederates to defend the fort against union troop in 1862.   They badly damaged the union fleet but the fort was eventually encircled and 13,000 confederate troops were forced to surrender after a bloody battle.

View from the Lake Barkley Hotel loft just outside the restaurant.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012; Dover Island on the Cumberland River

We got going early this morning; on the river by 06:20.  We had a long day planned; a total of 65 miles  I called ahead and the lock was open and ready for us when we got there.  It sure is nice not to have to wait.  The Lock Master said we just missed all the excitement.  A young fawn, only about 1 month old, got caught up in the current and was sucked up into the lock.  They immediately filled the lock, got a rope on the fawn, and pulled him out of the water.  By the time we got there, the fawn was wrapped up in a blanket and he let them hold him like a baby.  The mother was no where in sight but they are still looking for her.  Wild Life Services were on their way.

At Mile 142 we encountered a fishing boat that set nets all the way across the river.  We had to stop and wait until he moved his nets before we could pass.  Don't know what he was thinking.  Also, when we were coming into our anchorage there were 2 fishing boats fishing right in the middle of the channel.  They just sat there and looked at us as we went around them.  We had just settled into our anchorage and we heard 5 blasts from a tow coming down river and he encountered the same 2 fisherman.  This time they moved and in a hurry.

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CO's comments:  When we stopped for the day we went into the river for a dip again.  The water temperature was 88.4 degrees.  Fisherman!  I think before they can get a fishing license they should have to pass "a rules of the waterways" first.  They seem to think they own the river.  We go by them at 8 knots and they don't like my wake.  They should see my wake at 15 knots.  Yet, one of their own kind will come within 10 to 15 feet of their boat going 25 to 30 and wake them more than we do.  They wave and smile at them.  The other day I heard one tow captain talking to another tow captain and he said "Did you see that guy in the little fishing boat?  I think he was trying to play chicken with me".  We all know who would win that contest.  I feel tow captains are just as irritated with fisherman as I am.

Sunset at Harpeth River on 6-18-2012

Tennessee Valley Authority Cumberland Steam Plant.  It is one of the world's largest coal fired steam plant. 

Keith liked this building (TENNESSEE GUNS written across the roof). We couldn't stop.

Monday, June 18, 2012

6-18-2012, Harpeth River anchorage

We got a late start; 13:00, so we only went 25 miles to our anchorage.  We were going to leave on Sunday so Keith was checking everything down in the engine room Saturday evening.  He noticed a battery was low on water (which had never happened before) so he added water.  After we ate, he checked the battery again.  This time it was bubbling and when he took one of the caps off it exploded getting battery acid all over, including him.  He got an acid burn on his arm but he would not let me take him to the Doctor.  We did flush it really good and several times.  Luckily, Sunday morning his arm was better.  We had to wait until Monday morning to get 2 new batteries before we could leave.  All I can say is it is a good thing it happen here in Nashville, rather than when we were anchored out some where.

On the way to Nashville we anchored by Harpeth Island so we decided to try going up the Harpeth River this time and see how it was.  The scenery is beautiful and it's fairly quiet.  We jumped into the river after we got settled just to cool off as it got to 99 degrees this afternoon; felt real good.  We had a quiet evening and night.  We were serenaded by several different kinds of birds at dusk.

CO's comments:  The Harpeth River had a 25' depth until about 1 1/4 mile up and then it went to 7'.  We were at a good spot so we stayed.  I am still amazed at how friendly Tow Captains are since I got our AIS.  I think they realize they are not dealing with an amateur.

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TN Highway 12 looks like it runs right into the Cumberland River here at Mile 167.0.

Entrance to the Harpeth River off  Mile 153.0 on the Cumberland River.

Beautiful scenery at our Harpeth River anchorage.  Very peaceful and quiet.

Pete and Sarah want everyone to know that they live on Mile 175.0 on the Cumberland River.