Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Posted by Paul & Stacy Brannon at 9/21/2009 03:20:00 PM
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
We stopped at Cuba Landing Marina to meet some friends, Gary and Mary Kay, that we met at Goose Pond some months ago. They have a houseboat at the marina and we stopped in for the night and had dinner with them. It was, once again, good to get back together with people we met before.
Since we had already paid for a slip at the marina we decided to use the car again the next day and drive over to Green Turtle Bay marina where we came in on our trip into the Tennessee River on our Loop trip. While there we experienced something that I hope to never experience again. We were talking with a Looper at his boat when, about 150 feet away, a boat exploded after being fueled. It had taken on gas and moved about 20 feet away from the fuel dock when the explosion took place. We both ran to the fuel dock screaming at anyone on the boat to jump off. A woman did jump off but a man was killed on board. The woman was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical and the marina, through a series of bad decisions in hindsight, almost had a major catastrophe in potentially setting ablaze an entire dock of boats.
It was a very disturbing day and I did not sleep well for the next couple of nights. This photo was taken by Bob DeGroot, another Looper that we had be talking with just prior to the accident.
We met some really nice people in the town when we took the dinghy over to see a park. They came out to the boat for a get-together and we have planned to stop back there on our way back with our friends from the PNW and have a barbeque with them. I hope the weather and our schedules will allow us to stop. You meet some of the best people when traveling to the smaller towns.
Posted by Paul & Stacy Brannon at 9/15/2009 08:48:00 PM
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Just to catch people up....we have departed Goose Pond Marina in Scottsboro, Alabama to make a cruise of the Cumberland River. We will take the Tennessee almost to the Ohio and then turn onto the Cumberland. We will go past Nashville and, hopefully, as far as we can safely navigate up to Celina, TN. This trip will be about two months in length and we will return to the AGLCA rendezvous at Joe Wheeler State Park toward the end of October. Our good friends from the Pacific Northwest will be flying in to travel with us for part of the trip and Clarence & Sally Wall will be driving up from Chattanooga to travel for a few days. We have had great weather since we left on Tuesday. I have not downloaded any photos from Stacy's camera yet so I will put those in another post.
Posted by Paul & Stacy Brannon at 9/05/2009 11:59:00 AM