Green Turtle Bay Stay

September 18

We’ve been traveling around for 2 weeks. There is much to do and see right here in Barkley Lake and Grand Rivers. The Land Between the Lakes (LBL) is a National Recreation Area with Barkley Lake on the East side and Kentucky Lake on the West. With 170,000 acres and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline the LBL offers many outdoor activities.

  • The Elk and Bison Prairie is a drive-through park  where we encountered 30 buffalo resting along the road. Lots of turkeys sneaking around the creeks. No elk, but heck we see them all the time in Idaho.
  • Golden Pond Planetarium with hourly programs
  • Woodlands Nature Station with numerous trails
  • The Homeplace is a rural working farm and living history museum that appears much as it would have in the mid-19th century with park “interpreters” dressed in period clothes. Women shelling peas from the on-site garden, and quilting on ancient frames. Blacksmith shop, tool shed, tobacco barn, corn crib, spring house, smoke house, and chickens scratching around your feet as you stroll the property. Nothing modern is visible. All tools and equipment and household furnishing are original. This old farm girl really liked it!



Drove to Nashville, didn’t like it. Dirty, noisy town. We walked around The District, listened to all the country singer wannbees, and stayed at the Marriott…long HOT bath was super. We took the pedestrian bridge across the Cumberland River and spied “Hydrophilic” (John and Ann Marie Tyrell)  tied to the city docks at the City Walk…beautiful park. We should have taken in the museums and various historic sites, but we’d only planned on one day AND we had to keep Inky boarded. Hated that.



Lovers on the Pedestrian Bridge


Ryman Theater



We’ve been to Paducah several times. Founded in 1827 by Lewis and Clark it is a lovely town with lots of charm. The historic district boasts of numerous shops, trendy restaurants, art galleries, and museums. Lots of Civil War history. The riverfront is amazing. Overlooking the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers, it is the site of historic markers, fireworks, concerts, festivals and arrival of the Queen of the Mississippi paddle boat.  We were there when they christened a new towboat.

We especially enjoyed driving down the many historic streets with multi story mansions, bricked porches, elaborate ironwork fencing, double balconies lined with stately pillars and graceful arches.  Very pretty.

Portraits of Paducah’s past are displayed from the beginning of time up to the modern era on 50 life-sized murals…a walk through time! As a UNESCO Creative City, Paducah welcomes artists from around the world. It is the home of the National Quilt Museum and the American Quilter’s Society. Paducah? Go figure!

Lunch at one of Paducah’s many bistros. Lovely.

There are 3 pools at GTB and numerous harbors. We swim or take a boat ride and drop anchor for a few hours of swimming, then motor home for a quiet evening in our quiet harbor on Pier 10.

Entering Green Turtle Bay
Yacht Club and Restaurant GTB
Don and Inky on the ramp at GTB
Entering Pier 10
Our quiet cove at Pier 10
Pier 10 view from our boat
Pier 10
Pier 10
Parking at Pier 10
Pier 10
Panacea in her slip at Pier 10 to the right of Blue Grass

While we appreciate the serenity at Pier 10, we have little interaction with the transient Loopers who are  moored at the main marina docks for a few days on their way south. They hang out together and tell their stories, encourage and inform each other. We were placed at Pier 10 because we arrived early and we are staying for several weeks. We’ve been taking our dinghy to the main docks to meet other Loopers and be a part of all that fun.

Moving On

September 9

We launched our boat in Lake Barkley, Kentucky at Green Turtle Bay. Beautiful place. Clean water. Weather is still HOT, but tolerable with AC.

Entrance to Green Turtle Bay

Green Turtle Bay is a premier resort offering numerous amenities. The property has 2 restaurants, spa and fitness center, indoor pool, two outdoor pools, rental cottages and houses, and yacht sales…all within walking distance. There are courtesy cars and rental golf carts for cruising around the property or running into town for provisions.

Marina Condominiums

The nearby historic village of Grand Rivers, population 350, is quaint and charming. Patti’s 1880 Settlement hosts several restaurants with great food, beautiful gardens, and Patti’s great southern hospitality.  There are log cabin gift shops, animal park for viewing, streams, fountains,  Miniature Golf and gold panning. Lovely meandering garden paths lead from shop to shop drawing the visitor throughout the estate.


Patti’s 1880 Settlement

Walking paths at Patti’s

Currently, the marina is host to the Nina and Pinta Caravel ships. The Nina was built entirely by hand and without the use of power tools. It is the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built. They were common trading  vessels. There are no plans to rebuild the Santa Maria because she is too big to make it through the waterways these ships must use. Columbus considered her very slow and clumsy.


Ahoy Matey

We are entertaining a group of harbor turtles who swim up to us and take bologna from our hands.

Don feeding Timmy

We are harbored at Pier 10 in Marina Village some distance from the main marina facilities. We fire up the dinghy and putt across to do laundry, dine, or enjoy the other amenities. The shoreline is dotted with grand homes.

Marina Village 
Pier 10 at sunset looking west down the pier walkway from the back of our boat
Same walkway looking east toward the Pier 10 entrance

Peaceful evenings with gorgeous sunsets bring calm to our active days.