"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you
didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away
from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover."

-Mark Twain

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mississippi, Ohio & Tennessee Rivers

The river system is a very busy place with lots of barge traffic.  I am amazed at how many barges a tow boat can push down or up river.  The most we have seen so far is 7 x 7, that's 7 wide and 7 long.  Here are just some random shots of sites along the rivers.  We ran into allot of rain the 3 days we were on the Mississippi, the coast guard said the river would rise about 10 feet.  We anchored in a small channel since there are no marinas on the river, With the rain, we did not get any sleep, always checking the water for debris, like half a tree floating down the river, and making sure the anchor was still holding as the current increased. I'm not a big fan of anchoring out, but a necessity.
The Ohio river was a one day trip we spent the night anchored next to a casino boat and headed to the Tennessee river the next day.
The boat is running well, and we are having a good time, meeting allot of new people. We miss all our friends and family back home. Paul and Evie, it was good to hear from you, thanks for the voice message.  Marilyn, thanks for letting Linda read the blog on your computer. Hello to everyone.


Marilyn said...

Enjoy hearing about your adventure ! I highlight your blog then print out the latest one for Linda. She comes over to view the pictures. Don & I went up in the Arch many years ago. Be safe !!

Anonymous said...

As always, you adventures sound exciting to me. What a time you must be having. Memories to last many years. Luv hearing from you.

Rebecca Gamba said...

Hello Jim & Mary!!
What a fabulous adventure you are on! We're wishing you blue skies, clear waters and a trip of a lifetime!
Love from the Gamba family - Franco, Rebecca, Peter & Annalisa
PS - Maybe you can sing this song to one another:
"A gathering of angels appeared above my head.
They sang to me this song of hope, and this is what they said
They said come sail away, come sail away
Come sail away with me!" - Styx

Anonymous said...

Hi Travelers. We are keeping up with the trip, cause I am so computer literate and all...smile. I have been to 3 clam bakes in the last 2 weeks, I'm sure you wish it were you! Hope you are both well and safe!
Love and prayers, June

Anonymous said...

Hi Jim and Mary! I hope all is well! We are weathering the crappy Ohio weather. Go fast to the Keys so we can dream about hooking up with you!
Safe travels!
Stay warm!
Love Sue and the crew