June 6, 2009---Waved "goodbye" to our neighbors as we pulled anchor and left "First Creek". Traveled from Joe Wheeler State Park (mile 277) to Ditto Landing Marina (mile 334). Made the 57 mile trip in 6 ½ hrs.
Wheeler Lake was clean and calm. Traveling about 9 to 9.5 MPH made the journey quite pleasant.
One of the World's largest nucleur power plants is located on the north side of the lake.
We passed the town of Decatur, Alabama which is a highly industrialized city of about 55,000 people. It first became a town in 1820. It was destroyed during the Civil War and rebuilt in the 1880’s. Boating activity increased on the Tennessee River as we continued past Decatur.
The facility that produces Meow Mix covers a lot of area!
There was a train crossing the long bridge into Decatur. We had to wait for a short time to have the bridge raised.
Interesting bluffs were seen along the way. The boaters were enjoying the seclusion at the base of the cliffs.
As we approached Ditto Landing Marina it is notable that the terrain is beginning to change. Looking under the bridge, the elevation of the hills in the background is much greater than we have seen. This marina is located on the Tennessee River about 15 miles south of Huntsville, AL.
Not long after we got tied up in the marina that a couple of birds decided the stainless steel rails made a great place to purch. Later in the evening the local Canadian Geese came by for some bread and crackers. The adults made sure the young got fed first.
Today is Keith & Maryann's 43rd wedding anniversary.
Since we dined out last night they were content to enjoy the evening on the boat. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!