After too many months of day trips, 2-3 day adventures and nights spent sleeping at our marina on Barefootin’, we are off again on a longer expedition. This time we’re heading UP the Tennessee River to see what’s there.
As hard as it would be to believe, this morning has been my first chance to start my postings of the events of this trip. Trust me, there’s nothing boring about boating.
Our adventure began with us arriving at Hales Bar on Thursday afternoon. Once the air conditioning was going, we turned some music on for the dogs and headed back to Jasper to reprovision for our trip. We decided we’d run over to South Pittsburgh and enjoy one of Steverino’s salads for our dinner.
We arrived back at the marina, provisioning and walked the dogs. (isn’t this interesting, HA!) By then the sun was dropping over the hills across the river and it was time to walk over and join our friends on Fruition for a nighcap. I stepped up on the ladder and reached, tapping on the window to let them know we’d arrived, then we climbed the ladder to be greeted by the owners, Sue and Jim.
Now I’m going to tell you a little side story that I think is special. We went on our last big trip back in March. As most of you know, I did a post for each day of our journey. Weeks after our trip had ended, we headed down to Barefootin’ for a few days. As I was walking down to our slip, there were two people (whom I’d never seen to my knowledge) pulling debris out of the water with nets (I was immediately impressed, seriously). I was walking by them and they turned and said, “Is your boat that one over there, Barefootin‘?” “Yes,” I responded curiously. Then they proceeded to tell me that they had followed our blog which had been posted on the AGLA (Loopers) site. Amazing, because I didn’t even know it was showing up on the Loopers site and amazing, that strangers had enjoyed my postings. : ) Since this time, we have become great friends with Jim and Sue. Their boat, Fruition, is a 48 ft. CHP trawler that is now their home. …1 Friend, 2 Friend
Okay, on to our first evening before takeoff. Clint and I settled on the the couch and Jim told us that Betsy would be joining us. Clint and I have met and talked to her husband, Ken, but we’ve never gotten to meet Betsy. They are a whole ‘nother wonderful boat story. (Every boater owner has so, so many interesting stories of their own specific adventures, it’s great fun to hear them, if you like boat stories) Ken and Betsy’s trawler, created from a lobster boat scheme, was made from scratch by a man in Canada. He did the basics, Ken and Betsy are completing it still. (They have the pictures to prove it.) Point being, cool boat, and another fun story. (I could go on, but maybe you’ll meet them one day and they can share their own story with you.)
So, we have cocktails and snacks (I can’t remember how to spell the “fancy” word, forgive me) and met Betsy. Later, we all walked over for a tour of Betsy and Ken’s boat. So cool!