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Saturday down the Cumberland

Again I awoke fairly early in part due to a passing barge. Some of the wakes from passing boats are fairly strong, and instead of lulling you off to sleep they make their presence known. We had a breakfast of eggs and sausage, and started off down the river. One goal of mine was to try to get to a Lowes home improvement store that appeared to be close to the river, and of course I was also checking Google Earth to try to find any parks or other river accessible places to check out. Today however was a day pretty much spent on the boat. There were virtually no parks or other such places along the way, and Lowes sat on top of a high bluff.

Cool rail road turning type draw bridge.

Cool rail road turning type draw bridge.

There were a lot of boats out today as well, thanks to the Memorial Day weekend. Several law enforcement agencies were also zipping around the river looking for  anything amiss. One boat with two officers stopped every speed boat out there, and we figured they were looking for intoxicated boaters. We also noticed what appeared to be sunken boats near the river banks, since the water was low. We later found out from the officers that they were most likely hull blanks used to manufacture boat hulls since there was a boat factory on the river that lost a lot of equipment during a flood.

Bass boat going somewhere fast.

Bass boat going somewhere fast.

For all we knew this was probably a sewer discharge pipe, but it looked pretty.

For all we knew this was probably a sewer discharge pipe, but it looked pretty.

We stopped at Rock Harbor Marina to restock on ice. To our surprise we saw what appeared to be a nearly 40 foot long sailboat. Our boat looked so tiny compared to this beast. Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture, as I was more concerned about who I should ask about docking and ice. There appeared to be nobody around and the fuel dock said “closed” ¬†so we went to a standup paddleboard shop and asked them about ice. They gave us directions to a convenience store down the road, but also gave me the marina master’s card. I called him to ask if I could remain docked where I was and he sounded a bit exasperated when he said he sold ice and would send someone down. So we crossed back to the fuel dock, bought some ice, and then headed back out to sea. . . er, the river.

At the Marina we stopped at.

At the Marina we stopped at.

Rock Harbor Marina was actually pretty tight, so we tied up at the easiest dock vs pushing into the labyrinth.

Rock Harbor Marina was actually pretty tight, so we tied up at the easiest dock vs pushing into the labyrinth.

 

As we neared the Cheatham dam, there were finally parks and recreational sites, along with super expensive looking houses along the river. Some were very impressive in size and construction, as well as the boats and cars parked outside. Boats zipped by every few minutes and we did pass a lot of anchored and “rafting” party boats. One boat slowed down to tell us how much they loved our boat and wanted to get a sailboat next.

This shallow area drew a lot of boats and appeared to be a big party.

This shallow area drew a lot of boats and appeared to be a big party.

At the swim beach.

At the swim beach.

Sand Castle

Sand Castle

We pulled up to a small dock near a swimming beach about a mile or so away from the dam. Katherine had fun splashing around and even made a sand castle. I was a bit worried about the boat as the ski boats were throwing up a fairly substantial wake at times so we only stayed about 45 minutes before heading back to the boat. We crossed the lake, which was actually not that wide and attempted to get into a shallow, wide creek that would probably work as a great natural harbor to protect us from the boat wakes. Unfortunately, the water depth went to less than 2.5 feet and while it appeared that there might be another way in we decided not to risk running aground. Our rudder sticks down quite a bit.

Cooking dinner. In other years the galley layout changed, but our layout makes it very challenging to find space. Maybe we can fix this at some point.

Cooking dinner. In other years the galley layout changed, but our layout makes it very challenging to find space. Maybe we can fix this at some point.

Enjoying a pasta dinner.

Enjoying a pasta dinner.

Katherine found these large sunglasses on the boat.

Katherine found these large sunglasses on the boat.

We threw out the anchor, watched a movie and swatted a few mosquitoes then called it a night.

Sunset over the dam.

Sunset over the dam.

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