**BOO****HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Remember me telling you about Pirate Buc wanting to stay on the Mississippi with the Lovely Ms. Fern at Hoppies marina??   I couldn’t find her photo at that time, so here she is

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FERN HOPKINS — BORN AND LIVED HER ENTIRE LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI1

I  think Hank had a “thing” for this lady too!!   She gives a “class / talk” EVERY day that she has transients tied up to her dock – which by the way consists of about 5 or 6 old barges just tied together.!!!    This place is a trip.   Anyway, she “tells” you where to go, what to do and how to do it along the rivers from her place down to Mobile.   She KNOWS her stuff , so y’all better listen up and listen good!

Larry Shaffield came to visit while we were at Green Turtle Bay.  Larry and Hank go way back to days in Savannah, Ga where Larry along with Hank and a few others began a conservation group and effort to clean the barrier Island beaches in and around Savannah. To this day, that organization still exists , CLEAN COAST, and continues to do monthly beach clean ups. The three of us enjoyed dinner at a “famous” place called Patti’s in Grand Rivers, KY.  It was wonderful to visit with Larry.   Thanks for making that 4 hour drive to meet up with us.

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I DON’T BELIEVE A WORD OF IT!!!!
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LARRY AND HANK

We departed Barkley Lake two days ago. On this day after departing Green Turtle Bay, we went one mile to the Barkley canal, hung a right and in one and a half miles entered Kentucky Lake, which is man made by damming the Tennessee River.  Both Barkley Lake and Kentucky lake are beautiful with many small bays and coves for playing in the water and/or anchoring one’s boat.  We made a turn to port (left) once in KY Lake and are heading South to Mobile!

Bunny, Becky, Susie and others who have vacationed in these waters……these photos are for you!!!!

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BARKLEY LOCK ( 52 FOOT LIFT )  AND DAM

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BARKLEY CANAL HEADING INTO KENTUCKY LAKE

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ABANDONED DOCK ON KY LAKE

 

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ANCHORAGE ON HARMON CREEK ALONG KENTUCKY LAKE

TODAY – MONDAY OCTOBER 31, 2016    We cruised under the I-40 bridge which is officially noted as the end of KY Lake.  We now are traveling on the Tennessee River.  This river is wide, it is very clean and the water is clear.   We have encountered NO debris, which was a huge issue on the Illinois, Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.

The barge traffic has decreased, but the Bald Eagle sightings have continued.   We are thrilled that there are so many spotted while we have been on this trip.  Here are a couple of these guys that we saw today.   One is a bit fuzzy, but enjoy the colors and scenery , if nothing else.   OH MY —- I am sounding like FERN, the river lady!!

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IT’S THE ONE IN THE TREE — UPPER LEFT, SEE IT??   THAT GUY DOWN ON THE LOG IN THE WATER IS NOT AN EAGLE!!!!
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MAGNIFICENT EAGLE —-   ALONG THE TN. RIVER

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