Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Aug. 9, 2009---After a great breakfast we filled the freshwater tank. Moved to the fuel dock and pumped out the holding tank. Dan & Anna were anxious for a boat trip. Pulling away from Chattanooga seemed almost like leaving home as we had spent so much time there. The Riverfront Park is such a neat area that we really enjoyed our stay.

Around the bend about a mile downstream Lookout Mountain is directly in front. The mountain extends 2000 feet above the Tennessee River. It is known for the world’s steepest passenger railway called the Inclined Railway. Inside the mountain is the famous Ruby Falls.

Buildings seen at mile 455.2 are part of the Baylor School that was founded in 1893 Served as a military school and recently became a co-educational private high school.
At mile 451.8 we crossed the time zone and entered the Central Time Zone.

Along the river is a large rock crushing operation.

At mile 444.6 is were the water comes out Racoon Mountain from TVA's power plant. Water is pumped to a lake on top the mountain. Water is stored during slack times. When additional electricity is needed water flows down the mountain in large tubes thru turbines to generate power from the plant located inside the mountain.

The stretch of river at 432.4 is known as the Grand Canyon of the Tennessee.

Just above Hales Bar is a large marble quarry.

We passed Hales Bar Marina at mile 431.2 where we had stayed a week during the River Bend Festival, which was held in Chattanooga the second week of June. At that time we drove a rental car back and forth to the festival.

Not far downriver from Hales Bar is where the Coca Cola Stage is dry docked. It is the main stage for the River Bend Festival. It is a 30 mile tow to move the stage to and from Chattanooga.

Passed under I-24 at mile 429.1. This interstate starts in southern Illinois and ends in Chattanooga.

We had a nice 4.5 hour trip from Chattanooga at mile 463.8 to mile 426.9. There we turned starboard and anchored in a cove in 12’ of water. No internet or phone service and very quiet when the generator was shut down. This embayment is located at the base of Little Cedar Mountain. Total distance traveled today was 36.9 miles.

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