Tennessee and Mississippi and soon Alabama

November 1 & 2, Wednesday and Thursday; From Cuba Marina (Waverly TN) to Clifton Marina (Clifton, TN) and then Grand Harbor Marina (Luka, Miss)

We are now just over the border into Mississippi from Tennessee and very close to Alabama as well. The Grand Harbor Marina is on Yellow Creek off of the Tennessee River just below Pickwick Lake. Trying to find all these names on maps is a challenge, even for us.

As we left Cuba Harbor on Wednesday there was what we think is a beautiful cypress – we saw a few more during the day.

We traveled along Kentucky Lake (aka Tennessee River?) to Clifton Harbor and we are seeing more homes now, built far back from the river some with nice landscaping that reminds me of what we haven’t done with our house!

Again cloudy but slightly warmer day. Colorful cliffs, a hill!

Something new… There were  many homes in a row with large roof overhangs for sun protection.

Clifton Harbor Marina is tucked into a small bay on the river and easy to miss, but we are glad we stopped there, along with 7 other transients heading south. There were loopers to chat with and a nice covered patio with a TV, which came in handy because it was World Series night and some friends from Houston were very happy they could see their victory.  We took a ride to see the historic town, but although buildings are nice it was pretty empty. Seven of us ate at a diner near the marina.

Here’s the Clifton marina with our friends’ boats, Sangri-la and Miss Lily, as we left this morning.

Thursday is a cloudy day but definitely getting warmer as we head south. More interesting scenery with houses and striated rocks and caves. Dirk saw are deer swimming on the river – he couldn’t find a way out due to the rock walls! I hope he finally succeeded.

Also I am stuck by homes that seem to sit on land above the river with nothing apparent behind it. Is there another river or lake? Farmland? Sometimes we can’t see trees or anything else beyond the houses. The erratic height of the river and erosion was apparent in this area.

 

We went through the Pickwick Dam which is the official end of Kentucky Lake. Shangri-la and two other boaters in the lock are behind us and a barge was in front of us, but we got around it!

Once in Pickwick Lake  we immediately saw the difference in the homes with large homes along the water and up on the hills.

We saw a number of homes on the cliffs with docks far down below. Do you wonder how they climb the 200-300 feet of stairs? No problem – these homes have funiculars! I saw a half dozen or them in the 4 miles between the lock are our marina! Not sure if you can see the tracks in this last photo.

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