Not all Turtles are Cute

Beware: swimming turtles are fast, and dangerous. Especially when it’s dinner time.

Paducah, Kentucky

The city marina in Paducah is one long wall, making it really easy to dock.


In Paducah we met Jim and Kelly HoranS/V Jimmy Rigged.  So sad to hear about your sailboat tragedy going into the marina, so thankful you were quickly rescued and your three orange kitties are all okay.

Happy Birthday Bruce

Celebrating 56 (strike, reverse that, Willy Wonka!).  Live Long and Prosper Sea Trek.


Green Turtle Bay, Kentucky

A popular destination for southern folks (Hello, Donna!), there were hundreds of turtles swimming around Green Turtle Bay.  Accustomed to people feeding them, the turtles climb on top of each other – forget about a “dog pile”, the aggressive little turtle piles were insane.

Feed Me!



Green Turtle Bay Marina

Patti’s 1880’s Settlement – worth the stop! Click here to learn more!


Dry Fork Bay Anchor, Land Between the Lake

Congrats to Forever Friday and HeartBeat – celebrating their FIRST day on the Loop.

New Loopers – Heartbeat and Forever Friday. Day 1
A dinghy ride to dry land for Maddie Sue.


Anchored out with Sea Trek
Speeding along on Inhale. This little boat goes 4 times faster than Exhale!!

Hello Tennessee


Pebble Isle, Tennessee

Don’t ever underestimate the power of one.  One child, one woman, one man, one voice. Acorn

From just one small acorn, grows a mighty oak.


Savoring the Sunset

Red Sky at Night, Pebble Isle Marina

Dense Morning Fog – ARGH! Thanks, Garmin, for the navigational tools. And Thanks, Capt. Rick for keeping out a keen eye.  Well done, babe.

Fog so thick you need a knife. Who ordered the Pea Soup, Capt Rick?


From a small seed to a dense forest. Walnut trees, so beautiful.

Bridge to no where

This reminded me of Sarah Palin – If you are from Alaska, you know why.



Beech Creek Island Anchor

Anchoring out with Sea Trek. Another perfect evening. Thanks for the Little Beers.


Tennessee River Rocks

This is for Susan Merritt, we miss you Gypsy!

photo by Beverly Abel, Sea Trek

Fall Migration

On the waters, “fall migration” is a busy season.  As leaves turn autumn red a virtual “convoy” heads south, filling up the anchorages and marinas along the way. By late November most loopers will be off the mighty rivers, headed to Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, and other warm waters.

So far, Exhale is on track to be in southwest Florida by late December.



Next up:  Aqua Harbor, Mississippi

Where Have We Been So Far? Thanks for asking 🙂

Total Locks completed = 135 plus 2 dams, includes:

  • Florida – Lake Okeechobee area: 7
  • Virginia – Great Dismal Swamp: 2
  • New York – Troy & Champlain Canal: 12
  • CANADA – Chambly Canal/Quebec: 9
  • CANADA – Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway: 5
  • CANADA – Rideau Canal/Ontario: 47
  • CANADA – Trent-Severn Waterway: 44
  • Illinois – Calumet, Illinois and Ohio Rivers: 8 plus 2 dams
  • Tennessee – Pickwick Lock and Dam: 1

States and Provinces traversed on the water, commencing March 1, 2018:

U.S (March 1- June 10). Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Vermont. (August 10 – tbd): Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi

Canada Provinces (June 10 – August 9): Quebec, Ontario.

Side trips (via auto or plane):

Los Angeles (MS [3 – April, May & Sept], Rick [4 – May, June, July, Sept] & Maddie [2 – May, Sept]), Cleveland (RMG, MS & Maddie [2- April and July], Craig [April]), St. Charles and St. Louis by car (thanks, B and B)

Author: Exhale49

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