Sarasota to Ft Myers

When we returned from the boat to Phoenix in early March because of Paula’s swollen knee, we hoped we could find out quickly what was causing it, get it fixed, and resume our 2nd Great Loop. It was not to be. After 9 weeks and 9 doctors at home, there …

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Dunedin to Sarasota

After 3 evenings in Dunedin, we continued south on Monday, Feb 27 to Egmont Key, passing Clearwater Beach along the way. We were back in familiar territory, at least for a while, as Clearwater was our arrival point after our overnight Gulf crossing on our first Great Loop. Though we …

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Mobile to Dunedin

On Jan 31,2017, Tom flew to Dog River without Paula as she had a very swollen knee and knew she could not climb the ladder to the boat while it was out of the water. But Tom had work to do while Life’s TraVails was on the hard. Over the …

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Stuck in Mobile

Now that we were getting close to Thanksgiving, crews were getting their boats settled and thinking about home. At 6:30 AM, we drove Berrlin and Debra to the Pensacola airport for their flight to Denver. Because we originally thought we were taking the boat to Dog River Marina, we had …

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Crossing Our Wake…Party Time

The day had finally come! At 8:15 Monday morning, November 14, 2016, Tango Papa’s Tom and Paula and Satisfied Frog’s Berrlin and Debra (with beautiful flowers in hand) climbed onboard Life’s TraVails and we pulled out of Fairhope, the last small town before finishing our Great Loop. Glorious Dei and …

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Tombigbee River

  11/9 – 13/2016  Summary:  While we had planned to spend just one night at Kingfisher Marina in Demopolis, AL, we were feeling like we were moving a bit too fast (not part of the plan) and behind, so we opted to spend a second night and get caught up …

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Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway

10/1 – 8/2016  Summary:  When we pulled into Aqua Yacht Harbor, on November 1st, we had technically left the Kentucky Lake and started down the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (Tenn-Tom), the start of the remaining 450 miles to Mobile, AL, half of which was on the Tenn-Tom. The Tenn-Tom varied from somewhat …

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Tennessee River

10/26 – 31/2016  Summary:  We left Buzzard Rock Marina on 10/26/16 and headed south, which is really “up” the Tennessee River on Kentucky Lake. (Don’t sweat it; it confused us too.) We found the lake/river journey to be very enjoyable and scenic with lots of bird life to enjoy. Our …

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Cumberland River

10/10 – 25/2016  Summary:  On October 10th,  we returned to the boat and found it in good shape, but dirty. (We never knew how dirty spiders were!) Quincy, the mechanic, returned with the rebuilt alternators and, with a little more investigating, found the reason we’d had so many problems – the …

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St. Louis, IL to Barkley Lake, TN

9/19 – 28/2016  Summary:  We left Alton Marina early morning on September 20 and pulled back out on the Mississippi River, with our first lock just a mile downstream. We were back out with the big boys – tugs (also incorrectly called towboats… really “pushboats”) with as many as 56 …

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Peoria to St. Louis

9/12 – 19/2106  Summary:  We picked John Kelley up early at the Peoria Airport and did some supply shopping on the way back to the boat. John had taken the red-eye from Phoenix so was ready for a nap. While John napped, we drove across the river and took a …

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Chicago to Peoria

  9/4 – 11/2016  Summary:  Having arrived in Chicago on Saturday night, we got up early to go to church. We were not really “in” Chicago, but about 15 miles east so we Ubered into Chicago to attend James McDonald’s Harvest Bible Chapel. After church we walked the town, touring …

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Lake Michigan – Part II

Lake Michigan – Part II: Charlevoix, MI to Chicago, IL 8/26 – 9/3/2016  Summary:  From Charlevoix we headed offshore to Manitou Island where we anchored for the night. While there, we dinghied to the island and hiked to the lighthouse and the sand dunes (about 8 miles). We returned to …

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Lake Michigan – Part I

Lake Michigan is really big and this blog was getting long, so we split our Lake Michigan experience into 2 parts. Also, we are really behind on posting blogs. As we send this out, we are actually already through Chicago and partway through the river systems (IL, MS, and OH …

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North Channel

Sorry, this is being resent due to user error (mine). 8/10 – 17/2016   Summary – Our trip through the North Channel was not what we expected, but we really enjoyed it and spending time with Ron and Marie Adams who joined us in Killarney. We had read and been told …

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Georgian Bay

8/1 – 9/2016  Summary:  We started off our trip to spend a week on the boat with Jeff and Gloria Elliott in the Georgian Bay with what Jeff dubbed “The Curse of Alan.” You’ll have to read below to find out the details. We had been off the boat for …

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Trent-Severn Waterway – Part II

8/26 – 9/3/2016  Summary – On the morning of June 25, we left Bobcaygeon headed for Fenelon Falls, the “Jewel of the Kawarthas.” And it was. We walked the town, visited a small farmer’s market, ate dinner at Just for the Halibut, and took a long bike ride on Victoria Rail …

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Trent-Severn Waterway – Part I

6/14 – 23/2016  Summary:  After waiting for 3 days on a weather window to cross Lake Ontario, it finally came on June 14th and we left the harbor past the Oswego lighthouse and onto Lake Ontario. It was still a bit rough, but nothing like we had seen the previous few …

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Albany to Oswego

6/6 – 13/2016  Summary:  With Kathy aboard, we were all set to get going and make the 8 miles to the start of the Erie Canal. After passing through Kathy’s first lock while still on the Hudson, we stopped at the Erie Canal Visitors Center and took a walk up …

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Coney Island to Albany

5/30 – 6/5/2016  Summary:  We awoke the morning of May 30th anchored at Coney Island and were anxious to see NYC, but decided the best, and cheapest, plan would be to move up the Hudson River about 40 miles to Hudson-on-Croton, then take the train back to the city. As …

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