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We’ve spent the last four days at Green Turtle Bay Marina, Grand Rivers, KY. It’s been hot – 90 degrees, and we’ve been enjoying the marina/resort. The break from traveling has been nice and we’ve had a chance to meet quite a few Loopers. Many of the Loopers spend at least a week or two here at GTB. Two Looper boats celebrated crossing their wake and shared their excitement and wisdom with us. The Looper community is very supportive of one another. Wednesday evening they organized a “docktail” gathering so we met even more Loopers.
Tom had the chance to wash Bella and catch up on maintenance. They have a really nice ships store, so he’s visited it a couple of times. Of course we’ve also had the chance to do laundry and get groceries. We rented a golf cart to do our groceries run and had fun tooling around the resort. They have activities like water Zumba (yes, Leann Amos, I finally tried it!), liked it and have been attending all week with other Looper ladies. We’ve biked a lot, walked a lot, played Pickle Ball (I brought our paddles/balls) and toured the town of Grand Rivers. Yesterday we biked to town, did lunch at Patti’s, a local favorite and then biked to Lighthouse Landing. The folks down here are super friendly, their southern drawl is pretty thick and I’ve never been called honey so many times!
We are getting use to the space on the boat and I don’t wake up any more wondering where I’m at. Although I did wake up the other night and there was a naked, tan man dancing around our state room. I thought I was dreaming at first, but then realized it was just Tom. He had a Charlie horse in his leg and was up hoping around to get rid of it!
We are casting off today for Birdsong Marina, about a 75 mile run down Kentucky Lake/Tennessee River. We’re looking forward getting back out on the water. Our plan is to continue on down to the Tenn-Tom and evaluate the situation on the panhandle of FL and the destruction from Michael. It may or may not impact our ability to continue on the Loop. Not sure. Our hearts go out to all those affected by this catastrophic hurricane.
Below are some shots from our time at Green Turtle Bay.
All for now~
Tom & Sue Slightam
Read along as we circumnavigate the eastern half of the United States and southern Canada on the Great Loop on our boat BELLA, a Cruiser 460 Express.