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-----On the Cumberland

TENNESSEE C-DORY GATHERING '05

Launch: Long Branch Rec Area, Mt. Juliet, TN


Nearby campsites: RV park in Lebanon, TN


Comments: We launched near the Byrd's homes at a Corps of Engineers ramp that has a resident watchman to keep an eye on the trucks and trailers.

GRAND OL' NASHVILLE - MT. JULIET TENNESSEE GATHERING

-----We met at the campground in Lebanon, TN and due to rainy weather hung out there gathering supplies, munching good food in town, and swapping tales from the long drives to Tennessee. Two boats came from California, through snow and some 'interesting' driving.

-----First, the participants and their boats:

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-----Wanderer (MD), Pelican (KY), and SEA3PO (CA)

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-----FreeByrd (AL), Rana Verde (CA), and Halcyon (NV)

-----Then, the events:

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-----Opry--------Gathered at Mom's ---------Norma, Susan, Chris

-----Pat and Mike Byrd made arrangements for us to have dinner at the Scoreboard, a great BBQ place, and then head out to the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday night -- what a blast! We were even chauffered in a bus, so we missed the parking lot jam. Good music with good companions.

-----The next morning, we launched and headed to Pat's mother's house for morning coffee. She's a marvelous hostess and a wonderful person. We then headed up river to experience the Old Hickory Lake, on the Cumberland River, with the narration from our hosts, Pat and Mike.

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-----Up a Lazy River; A Waterfall that local guide, Pat, named Water Fall; Pelican meets a Towboat

-----Cherokee Marina is famous for their steaks, so we headed there for dinner Sunday evening. Joe and Barbara Lee, Pat's wife's Sherryl's folks, joined us for the feast and reverie.

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-----Tied at Cherokee Marina----- The Happy Folks----- Joel, Marge, Tom, Penny, and George

-----River Guide Mike led us through the black of night, and an upbound towboat, to a dandy anchorage for the night, a few miles from Cherokee.

-----The next few days we cruised way up the river, almost to the head of navigation. The landscape is awesome (locals call it the Switzerland of Tennessee) and wildlife abundant.

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Our Guide, Pat ----------Heading Up ----------Great Blue Heron Rookery

-----We locked up through Cordell Hull lock (locking was a new experience for some, and all did well) into Cordell Hull Lake -- the top navigable lake on the Cumberland River. Defeated Creek Marina opened up the restaurant for us and we had a great meal and tie-off for the night.

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There's a Finality When Those Gates Slam Shut--------SEA3PO at the Bottom -----SEA3PO at the Top

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(3/05)

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