Saturday, September 10, 2016

9/10 South to Dover, Tennessee Anchorage

We waved a temporary good by to Green Turtle Bay Marina.  We will be back in a week to 10 days.  We headed south on the Cumberland River.  Our ultimate destination is Nashville.

During the largest part of our cruising today, we were in Lake Barkley on the Cumberland.  On one side is the Land Between the Lakes, between Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley, and on the other side was the Cross Creek Wildlife Refuge.  The scenery was spectacular.
We passed and did not visit the Kentucky State Penitentiary.  The building certainly looked secure but also had interesting architecture.
This picture shows how the rising waters have their effect on the land erosion.

The Cross Creek Wildlife Area included several rookeries filled with birds. 

Fort Donelson was one of the first landmarks as we passed into Tennessee from Kentucky.  This fort was surrendered to General Grant and that led to the fall of Nashville.  All along the Great Loop, we have seen how important it was to war efforts to secure the waterways.

Dover Island Anchorage was our destination for the day and we got there with not a minute to spare.  John had just dropped the anchor, when the skies let loose.  It was a short storm but it had strong winds and rain.  The anchor held well.  After the rain stopped, John took a swim.  Here is a picture of our pretty anchorage for the night.

Tomorrow, we will continue up the Cumberland to Clarksville, TN marina.

Lat 36 degrees 30.18 North
Long 87 degrees 47.97 West

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