Left Paris Landing for Pebble Isle. Nice quiet marina set back into a deep cove. We had Barb and Nick Malden on “RioMarLago” with us and that made for a fun time. Spent one night then headed toward Pickwick Landing. The Maldens traveled faster and moored at Clifton, while we poked along and went in at Mermaid Marina. Funny place. End of season and the cafe was closed. No showers, no toilets! The docks were nearly out of the water. Yikes.
Rose with the sun and scurried out of Mermaid. Stopped at Clifton for fuel. Lovely marina. Miss Amy met us and treated us like royalty. We stayed only an hour then hurried on to Pickwick Lock and Dam. Arrived 3 p.m. Hot day. Gorgeous fall colors starting. The shores of the Tennessee are lined with multi-million dollar homes all with stunning views of the river.
Made it to the dam in time to lock through quickly. Arrived at Pickwick Marina in heavy winds that caused Don several hard attempts to land us in a slip. But…no one died, no one was hurt, and we didn’t have to write a check!
Our friends, the Raffos, mailed us our absentee ballots for the upcoming election, so we must stay here until they arrive on the 21st. Then we will head south to Demopolis, AL. There are NO marinas between there and Mobile, so we must provision and anchor out for a week. We will travel that leg with RioMarLago for companionship and safety. Once in Mobile, Joan will travel home for a week. Our plan is to trailer our boat to Florida and skip the Gulf crossing…we’ll see….