Day 38-39 , Tues-Wed, 9/18 Arrived Pickwick Lake

Day 38 Tues, continued

After Clifton Marina, we continued upstream to Saltillo, Tn and stopped at a small boat ramp. There was a  small gas station/store about 200 yards from the ramp so we bought some gas and ice. we also bought a pint of  choclate ice cream and set down and ate it right there. This is the first ice cream that we have had on the  whole trip.

As we were returning to the boat, a fisherman came in and asked about our boat and trip. We talked with him  for a while and he wonder if we would like some catfish and then gave us three nice 3-5 lb. fish. We put them  on ice to keep for our supper tonight. After proceeding along another 12 miles, we stopped at a sand beach  near a boat ramp and tied up for the evening. Then filleted the catfish and pan-fried them, and served with  buttered bread. They were excellent and we ate them all, with pudding for dessert.

After our experience this morning of being grounded, we backed off a few feet so the front of the boat was in a  couple of feet of water,

Day 39 Wed

We awoke at 5:00 AM and found ourselves grounded again, the river had droped 3-4 feet overnight. So, in the  dark, we went throught our alternate pull & pry routine and worked it back out to deeper water.    At first, we  were sort of worried as it looked worse than the previous morning, but it came off easier and quicker.   I think  the slope was a little steeper. Stil took us 20 minutes of hard work. Then, since neither of us was about to  go back to sleep, we waited for some light, reading some bookes, etc. Then Stan washed some clothes and we
started out about 8:00 Am.

We saw a nice flock of wild turkeys along the shore on the way and also a house that was about to topple into  the river from a bank about 100 feet above the river. A big chunk of land had slid away and down into the  river leaving one corner of the house hanging over the edge. Bet the value of that house dropped considerably.     We then proceeded to Savannah, Tn and stopped at a boat ramp. Milt went into town for gas and stan stayed with  boat, then proceeded upriver to Pickwick Lock and Dam. The Weather was cloudy and breezy and the river   current has picked up considerably, estimated at 5 mph and we had a good headwind. This has slowed our speed  down to 4-5 mph with more throttle, staying on the inside of the bends helped a little. Used a little more  gas so we were only getting about 12 miles per 6 gal. tank for the last few miles. Readched the lock, called  ahead so we got right in, It raised us up 55 feet so was quite a raise.

After the lock, we proceeded across the lake and got a overnight slip at the state park marina.   Took their courtsey car over to state park inn and resturant for their buffet meal of baked chicken, roast beef and catfish.

A bunch of turkey bulture feeding on dead fish along the shore.

A bunch of turkey bulture feeding on dead fish along the shore.

Flock of wild turkeys along shoreline

Flock of wild turkeys along shoreline

Our anchoring system for anchoring off sand beachs and bars.   Two ropes at 45 degrees to shore and tied to back.  and an anchor out in deeper water behind us, and another off the front to shore.

Our anchoring system for anchoring off sand beachs and bars. Two ropes at 45 degrees to shore and tied to back. and an anchor out in deeper water behind us, and another off the front to shore.

   Two ropes at 45 degrees to shore and tied to back.  and an anchor out in deeper water behind us, and another off the front to shore.

Two ropes at 45 degrees to shore and tied to back. and an anchor out in deeper water behind us, and another off the front to shore.

One of the three catfish a local fisherman gave us.

One of the three catfish a local fisherman gave us.

Frying our catfish for supper

Frying our catfish for supper

Ready to eat, we were stuffed

Ready to eat, we were stuffed

Navigaiton bouys show strong current

Navigaiton bouys show strong current

navigation bouys showing strong current for several miles below Pickwick Dam

navigation bouys showing strong current for several miles below Pickwick Dam

Coming up to Pickwick Lock and Dam

Coming up to Pickwick Lock and Dam

Coming up to Pickwick Lock and Dam

Coming up to Pickwick Lock and Dam

Enterinb Pickwick lock, now we go straight up 55 feet

Entering Pickwick lock, now we go straight up 55 feet

Inside the lock chamber

Inside the lock chamber

lock filled, upper gates opening and we can go out onto the lake

lock filled, upper gates opening and we can go out onto the lake

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Wed night dock at Pickwick State Park Marina

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