chronological story left off last time with a stormy weather approaching:
stayed two days in the Leatherwood Creek. I was willing to move in order to
avoid bad weather - but I had to time this by myself, ‘cause the closest
weather report available was in Paducah, 35 miles to the north. With the center
of the system in northern Illinois, I took the chance. I saw a break between
the fronts and ducked south about 30nm. We anchored behind a huge bluff in a
tiny bay off the channel about 170’ wide. At quarter to seven, the storm passed
us with giant angry clouds & lightning, fierce winds whipped the trees
above us on the bluff, and rain poured down. We sat in our little cove, and in
an hour it was over. The rest of the night was so quiet, we thought we were
ashore. [The passing of the front cleared the weather for weeks & weeks!]
that, we stayed in Clifton, TN to pick up our mail. Then stayed in Savannah, TN
for its services & hospitality. Then we found an “abandoned” dock at the
entrance of Pickwick Landing State Park Marina that served the old lodge. The
marina manager said, “Nobody ever wanted to stay there before, but if y’all
want to, go ahead.” We found a similar arrangement at Cotton Springs in Bay
Springs Lake just above Jamie Whitten Lock on the Tenn-Tom Waterway, which was
our next stop. It’s getting so that we dock at nicer locations with better
access than the costly marinas on a regular basis. This allows us to use
restroom & shower facilities ashore and ride our bikes for groceries,
libraries, or sightseeing/exercise anytime with no hassles.
here’s what we saw:
storm comin' over the
mountain.jpg - it was beautiful as it crossed the first quarter of the
Pedigo & KJ in
Clifton Marina.jpg - the water here was only 2 feet deep [they reduce the
water levels of all the pools above the dams in the winter to prepare for
spring rains] so we stayed in . . .
. Windigo in
VERY small bay [Clifton].jpg - just outside the marina entrance. There was
another bass tournament while we were there, just as in Paducah. 200 fishing
boats came zooming out at dawn on Saturday! The day we left, we were fogged in
for a while in the morning (steaming in
& KJ in the Roach Creek [Clifton].jpg - there was this neat tunnel
under the highway at Clifton.
TN RVR museum.jpg - very nice collection of local artifacts,
many concerning the civil war. There’s a huge monument to an important
battlefield just up the river [Shiloh]. I could never figure why there seems to
be much more attention to the Civil War in the south than the north; giant
monuments to the losers? That whole thing was very nasty, and once we resolved
it & learned from the experience why can’t we could put it behind us and
make a great future, eh? Here ends today’s editorial.
Windigo @ old pickwick dock.jpg - this was our last stop before entering
the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
the dam post office.jpg - . . . it’s
own dam post office.
light-house & river porch.jpg - some very nice houses along the water.
This area reminded me of canoeing through Wisconsin Dells.
more thing I saw that I did not include a picture of- the 3 state lookout we
sailed across [Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi]. A photograph of some water in
Pickwick Lake seemed like wasted bandwidth. BUT if you have a multi-state
fetish, I will send it along 3-state
junction, Pickwick.jpg !
Sorry, no navigational problems to report this time. No engine room explosions. No animal attacks or renegade towboat captains.
hospitable southern towns, beautiful scenery under fair skies.
boredom yet, but it sure is peaceful here.
& KJ Hughes
more states ‘til the Gulf . . .