Vicki was up at 0500 to do the laundry and grab a shower before anyone else had a chance to get ahead of her. Before sun up at 0653 I was working on watering the batteries and checking the oil after making the coffee. Vicki put together a tasty breakfast of croissants with raspberries and we were good to go.
It was foggy out so we took on water and did a few other chores until it burned off. We finally got off the dock at 1010 and headed down the shallow, narrow and crooked channel back out to the Tennessee River. So long Goose Pond Colony Marina. You were a nice stop.
This was another day of perfect weather for cruising. Waters were calm and winds were light an variable. The river was narrower than it had been and the riverbanks were now steeper and covered with deciduous trees with leaves turning their fall colors. Everywhere was a beautiful sight. There were almost no boats on the river except for small fishing boats. In the entire six plus hours of travel we only saw four other pleasure craft, none of which were loopers, all local.
We pulled into a beautiful anchorage behind Long Island at mile marker 417. There was a 1.5 mph current down river and we anchored in 11.6 feet of water. The current is great as it keeps us pointed in the same direction throughout the period of anchorage. I put out the 80 feet of chain and another 20 feet of rode so felt comfortable with a scope of better than 6:1. The anchor dug in immediately and the boat did not move at all so we will sleep well tonight.
I am writing this at 1930. The sun has been down for almost 1.5 hours, dinner is finished and Vicki is in the final stages of washing the dishes. It is totally quiet outside and there is no one around to disturb our reverie. Life is good!