October 31, 2009
We still haven't determined the origin of the clear slime we found on
our deck. I researched on line and found an article about "Moss
Animals" or Bryozoans. which may be what the jelly contained. Certain freshwater species
occasionally form great jellylike colonies so huge they clog public or
industrial water intakes. Yet bryozoans produce a remarkable variety of
chemical compounds, some of which may find uses in medicine. One
produced by a common marine bryozoan, the drug bryostatin 1, is
serious testing as an anti-cancer drug. Does anyone have another theory?
passed the Brown's Ferry Nuclear Power plant which is located
near Athens, Al on the Tennessee River.
All through Joe Wheeler Lake there were environmental testing stations.
October 30, 2009
Along this stretch of the Tennessee River there are many islands.
Most are just trees and bushes, but this one has the remains of a
building; I wonder what it's story is?
We almost ran over this deer swimming in the river. Here the river has
wide shallows at each side and it looked as if the deer was swimming
toward an island in the middle of the river. (I hope she makes it.)
October 29, 2009
There is a boating association nicknamed the "loopers". They are folks
that are in the process of or have completed the "Great Loop". The
Great Loop is a water route that circles the Eastern USA from the Great
Lakes down to the Gulf, around Florida. then up the east coast and back
to the Great lakes again. The association just had it's fall
reunion at Joe Wheeler State Park and these are some of the 25 boats
that have passed us going down bound as we are going up the Tenn. River.
Sandpiper, another looper
This was the last looper we passed for the day, before we turned into
Little Bear Creek for the night.
October 28, 2009
Would tie your boat to this floating dock?
You can see the bushes growing around the wood for each slip.
This may be the tiniest sailboat I've ever seen.
Our new home and new boat?? in another life?? I love the look of
the house, but I would hate to clean it! Rich and I both think the
Nordic Tug would be ideal for our old age.
Rich and I on deck while going up in the Pickwick Lock. It took 8
tries to get this picture.
October 27, 2009
This afternoon, in the rain, Captain Adele
pulled her 22' Westerly into
the channel at Diamond Island behind us. We had passed her Monday
on the river and while we sat out the rain she continued up river and
caught us, so we invited her to dinner. The conversation was
interesting and she shared that she was retired as licensed captain for
up to 200 ton ships. She had previously been the Captain on the
Windy in Chicago. It turns out, Rich had actually met her before
at the South Haven boat show this last summer. (Ken, do you remember
that old wooden sail boat that they were working on....it was
Pogo, Captain Adele's dog is a Portuguese water dog. He's very
He has the pretty chocolate brown eyes and the softest fur.
October 26, 2009
This gorgeous yacht passed us early in the day. I told Rich, it
would make a good Christmas gift for me. It was a quiet day on the
beautiful sunshine and warm. Rich varnished the mast and various
areas on the boat. I cleaned, cooked and knitted.
We passed this little sailboat and spoke to the Captain. She said
she was heading to Florida and had started in Chicago.
October 25, 2009
Another beautiful home.
Lots of beautiful houses along this stretch of the river. We really
liked the one built like a lighthouse. (They must have an elevator
These homes looked like cottages on the edge of the river. Look
at the stilts, this area must still flood.
We saw several sites including an entire trailer park that were covered
with metal shelters.
New homes under construction. The bottom of the house has cement block
all the way around. I would think they would be subject to
flooding as close as they are to the river.
October 24, 2009
We anchored in front of the public ramp
preparing to walk up to the
eastern part of Nathan Bedford State Park and the old Johnsonville town
Interesting signs about the park. We never did find any of the town
though, it turns out that the town is under the Tenn. River!
"Rich,,, I don't want to hike any farther"
the second half of the sign.
Does anyone know what kind of fruit/seed pod this is?
Cuba Landing marina.
There is a very
narrow channel leading into Blue Creek. As we rounded the turn, a
fishing boat crossed right in front of us. We had to put Snow
reverse to avoid ramming his boat. How rude!!!!
October 22, 2009
We pulled into this inlet off of Ledbetter Creek last night to stay and
decided to stay another second night.
While pulling up our anchor in the morning to leave, Rich found this
little anchor stuck on our anchor. I wondered if it could be
salvaged to use on our dinghy; Rich told me to go for it.
(not what I envisioned)
Fall is chasing us south. Every day the colors change.
October 21, 2009
In the morning we walked up to the Visitor
Center for the Barkley Lock. There were a couple of interesting
displays and a short video about the flood of 1937. Two whole
towns were destroyed. We walked down the stairs to walk along the
river; there were several fishing boats out. We walked along the river
to just before the locks.
Rich decided to climb up these rocks instead going back the way we
came, when returning to the dinghy. He carried Edie and I had to
There was a slight problem on our return trip to the boat. Once
we were out on the water the motor quit on the dinghy. We were
out of gas!!!! Of course, the Captain had to row.
A view of Snow Goosed from the shore while walking Edie.
Snow Goose anchored at Double Creek in the morning sunlight.
October 20, 2009
In the morning, we stopped at Green
Turtle Bay Marina. It was a wonderful marina and the staff was
very friendly and helpful.
They allowed us to tie up in a slip
and use their laundry facilities. We stayed for a couple of hours then
left to motor over to Barkley Lake. After anchoring in Double
Creek Cover, we motored over to a floating dock and were allowed to
tie up while we went into the town of Grand Rivers. In fact one
of the staff gave a ride to town in a golf cart. Then we walked
We had dinner at Patti's Settlement
restaurant in Grand Rivers.
October 19, 2009
Tonight we anchored in Turpin Pond, a lovely
little bay surrounded by fall colors. After
dinner we motored around the bay and there were little silver fish
jumping out of the water. It turns out the area is a
designated "fish attraction" area which means that crappie spawn
there. When we attempted to pull up to the eastern shoreline, we
noticed a swarm of mosquitoes. They were huge! They would have eaten us
alive. We quickly left and found a spot on the south shore, where the
trees were further from the water and the beach was rocky. After
letting Edie off for a few minutes we headed back to the boat.
Today we made it up the
Tennessee River to the Kentucky Dam and Lock, only to be told by the
Lock master that they had a buoy problem.... The problem was they had a
green buoy stuck in front of the barges! They couldn't let the
barges leave with the buoy in front of them. Eventually, the Lock
master called and asked if we could come and move the buoy. We had a
rather exciting afternoon of it; motoring up to the front of the barges
and tyeing to the runaway buoy.
Then we towed it down the river for a 1/2 mile to a beach.
I lowered the dingy and towed
the buoy in
Next I dragged it up onto the beach, so it couldn't get out into the
traffic lanes again.
As it turned out there was about 40
feet of steel cable hooked onto the
bottom of the buoy and so I pulled it up through the mud and tied it
off to a tree.
Mission accomplished! The best part of this story is the lock master
held the lock open for us until I had lassoed the runaway buoy and we
were able to get back to the lock. We motored right into the lock and
enjoyed the ride up to the Kentucky Lake.
October 18, 2009
Ingram Barge on the Ohio River.
With the river flooded, Lock and Dam 53 were under water also. Green
buoy marking the start of Lock 53.
Turbulence over Dam 53 as we motored over the dam. It is really
strange when you are motoring over a dam, you keep expecting the water
to shallow or perhaps to hit something, but the water is so high even
the barges motor right over the submerged dam.
Sign welcoming us to Paducah along the shoreline, although there was no
place to tie up or to anchor.
October 17, 2009
This was our first view of Ft
Massac when we arrived Wednesday evening. We were invited by Jay
and Paige to stay and visit the 36th Annual Fort Massac Re-enactment
Encampment. We were impressed by the dedication of the people who
were already setting up their quarters so, we decided to stay. It
was a good decision. The reenactment encampment (say that 3 times
fast) was fascinating to see and be part of. It's unexpected things
like this that make a trip down the river so satisfying. There are so
many pictures of the encampment that we have an entire Picasa album
dedicated to the event.
Jay and Paige. We met them the first day that we were at
Metropolis and they insisted we should stay for the weekend to watch
the battle and enjoy the festivities.
Young reenactor. We have many more pictures on our Picasa album,
which can be viewed by clicking on photos.
October 15, 2009
Big John's is where we replenished our
Superman watches over Metropolis!
October 14, 2009
The Snowgoose anchored at Cache River Diversion Channel.
This is the last bridge on the Mississippi just before the Ohio.....
yeah!!!! It is really misty, foggy and cold.
Captain Rich at breakfast.
This is where the Ohio river meets the Mississippi river.
This is a view of the first bridge on the Ohio river after making the
This is the construction of the new lock and dam replacing Locks and
Dams 52 and 53.
This is Lock and Dam 52. The water is so high all you can see of
the dam is the little piece of concrete sticking out of the water. We
motored right over the dam.
Edie keeping a look out in the fog.
October 13, 2009
Can you believe the position
she is sleeping in? I don't see how she could be comfortable.
More often than not, we get up in the morning and find she has
on whatever clothes of ours she can find. This morning is chilly and
rain is expected later in the day. The
NOAA forecast states today will be the warmest day all week......
A great looking bridge on the Mississippi.
Snowgoose anchored at Little Diversion Channel
Bridge in Little Diversion Channel
Anna is finally learning how to start the dinghy engine and drive the
inflatable dinghy. Now she can take Edie to shore-yeah!!!!
October 12, 2009
It was a short night last night.
Edie started barking softly about 3
a.m. and then we heard THUMP!! The power boat Gone and Done It
dragged anchor and floated right into our transom. Our mast was
banging on the side of their boat. Rich knocked on their boat to
them up. We finally go them pushed away and they started hauling
their anchor to move. Yet again the floated right into us.
were pushed off and they had re anchored their boat, we had to pull our
anchor and reset it.
Kaskaskia Lock and Dam There were five boats that had either
tied-up or anchored by this lock and dam. We were the last ones
to leave in the morning...
October 11, 2009
We almost didn't stop at Hoppies after
looking at their set-up. I'm glad we did; otherwise we wouldn't
have met Zane and we wouldn't have eaten at the Blue Owl.
Hoppies marina on the Mississippi.
We walked into the town of Kimmswick;
to eat at the Blue Owl. The food
was as good as we were told and the Pecan
Pie was to die for. The town is filled
tourist shops. Fran at Hoppies informed me that Hoppies was actually
located in the village of
Windsor Harbor instead of the town of Kimmswick. Who would have known?
at Hoppies we a traveler named Zane Squires and his dog Pickles. Zane
is quite a different type of person. He always had a
smile on his bushy face despite the fact that he has been traveling
and living out of a canoe!
In May he left Montana,,,Yes, Montana and started down
river headed for Baton Rough La. Now, as incredible as this
sounds, this is actually his 6th trip down the Mississippi in a
He's one interesting character
who's full of stories. I would have
liked to have spent more time with him.
October 10, 2009
I've been lax keeping up
the website for a couple of days, running around Alton doing
laundry, buying groceries and site-seeing.
We, regrettably lost our crew at Alton, Ken had to go back to
work. As it turned out, the cheapest and fastest way home was not
a plane, train or bus but to rent a car and drive it up there and back!
Rich took Ken home, picked up a couple items and drove straight
back. Today started with a heavy fog on the river, so we decided
to wait until it cleared to leave the marina. We headed out on
the Mississippi and found that it was full of debris from the heavy
rains. We dodged logs and floating log jams all day. The
set a new speed record - 10.5 knots over ground (due to the current of
Mississippi). We pulled into Hoppies for the night.
Clark Street Bridge as the fog burns
off. This is one of the more
unique bridges that we have run under this trip. At night it is lighted
and is a real treat to see.
This is just one many logs we dodged in the Mississippi River. The
river was over 40 feet deep at this point. Due to the last few days of
heavy rain the river rose over 15 feet!
The flow of the water around the buoy
gives some idea
of the river's
We were running at 9.6 kts over the
ground when we
shot this picture of the St. Louis Arch and Anna wanted to stop and
There was a lot of pollution in the
water along the
riverfront. It looked like clumps of foam.
October 7, 2009
We tied up along side this abandoned barge that had
been filled in. It provided a secure spot for the night well out
of the way of barges. We really appreciated the good spot this
morning, when Rich checked the oil and discovered we needed to make
some engine repairs.
The guys hard at
work repairing the engine. What an adventure to start the day!
October 6, 2009
The day started out with miserable rain,
cleared in the afternoon. A very uneventful day with little
traffic. The Captain says this stretch of the river was boring.
traveled 58 miles today; the Mississippi River is within striking range
about 61 miles away.
This train lift bridge was behind the area where we tied off for the
Entering the La Grange lock; the last one on the Illinois River.
October 5, 2009
We traveled about 58 miles today.
After the fog burned off ; the weather was nice. There was
more traffic on the river today and the highlight of the day was when
we passed the paddle boat Spirit of Peoria. Our planned spot for
the night didn't work out - too shallow. We ended up motoring
into the dark with Ken using the spot light to guide. When he
shined the light on the buoys the reflective tape made it look as
though they were lighted. We anchored in an area off to the side
at Havana. No one remembered to take pictures. We used a
back anchor to keep us out of the main channel and the small marina
next to us was closed for dredging.
Ken guiding us at dusk. It was well after dark before we were
able to find a secure spot to anchor.
Spirit of Peoria -
boat that we passed.
Traffic jam on the river. The two pushers on the left have pulled
aside to allow the Martha Mack room to pass. We had just passed
the Martha after leaving the lock.
Early morning in
Chillicothe. Last night we tied up to a small floating city dock
for the night.
Fog on the
river. Although we were up early, we couldn't leave due to the
dense fog on the river. We headed out about 8:30.
October 4, 2009
We traveled 47 miles today - a definite
improvement over yesterday. The wild life along the way is really
great. We've seen one eight point buck approximately 15 feet from
the side of the boat. Unfortunately we did not have a camera
ready. Yesterday, two eagles were flying around some trees on the
shore. We took pictures, but our lens was not strong enough for really
This couple called to us as we passed their boat. Their engine
had lost compression; so they tossed us a rope and we towed them back
to Lacon city boat launch.
We stopped in Hennepin, tied up to the
dock hoping to buy some milk at the Food Pride market that we could see
from river. Unfortunately the store closed at noon and we were a
Some of the traffic along the river.
More river traffic!
Here we are at Starved Rock Lock.
Edie's morning ride. Rich tried the new oars for the dinghy and
they worked fairly well. In this area we were unable to use
the dinghy motor to reach shore due the fallen logs and debris in the
Rich took this picture of the Goose at anchor near Buffalo Rock State
Park. We anchored in a quiet waterway between an island and the
shore where it was too shallow for barges.
October 3, 20009
We traveled 32 miles today, after a late
waiting at the locks for our turn. We had some awesome pictures of a
couple of the locks, which I accidently deleted. The good news is
that we have many more locks to take pictures of. The excitement
for today was running over a buoy (no damage, thankfully) and
getting stuck while looking for a place to anchor. Captain Rich
was able to wiggle Snow Goose free and we quickly left that
area. (Captain Rich says" I only touched the buoy !")
The McKinney, we traveled through one of locks with this tug and then
met up with it again in the evening.
October 2, 2009
The trip last night from about Calumet to
wind picked up and the waves began to build. About an hour out of
Chicago a wave swept over the doghouse, showering Rich and I.
Once again the ropes and supports holding the masts began to
loosen as we rolled side to side. We arrived in Chicago about 1:00 CST.
When we got to Chicago, Monroe Harbor was a roiling mess
so we pulled in behind Navy Pier and tied off in a narrow waterway
that was well protected. Unfortunately, it was a restricted area; so
the Chicago Police paid us a visit. Eventually, they allowed us
to stay until daylight so we could secure the masts, but they
made a thorough report. They came on board, looked around, ran a
check on our driver's license, looked at all the boat documents and
asked for our social security numbers. They also advised us to
leave before the Coast Guard came to visit. Believe me, Rich had
us up at daylight and we locked into the Chicago river .
Here we are locking into the Chicago
Entering the Chicago River, we are
truly on our
forward to many adventures ahead.
Our friend Ken as we traveled under
throughout downtown Chicago.
One of the many water taxis we passed
on the river.
Looks like a neat
way to travel in the city.
October 1, 2009
About 2 a.m. the wind came up and the
feet. Without the masts to steady her, Snow Goose rolled side to side.
The middle support for the mast gave way and the back support
began to loosen up. We pulled into Saugatuck, and
anchored. Rich and Ken
made the necessary repairs. To make matters worse, we all had
varying degrees of seasickness. We arrived in Benton Harbor at
noon today after
much delay. After going to Wolf's Marine store for some
parts and then left Benton Harbor heading for Michigan City. The
waves and wind quieted down.
The swing bridge in Benton Harbor
locking us in the
river just as we
were preparing to leave.