October 13, 2018

Channel markers come in red and green ("nuns" and "cans") and the standard convention for their placement in rivers is most easily remembered by the phrase, "red (markers), (on the) right (side of the channel), (when you're) returning (going upstream)".  Our final mile...

October 10, 2018

Barkley Lock and Dam is our entry point back on to the Tennessee River.  We actually had a choice of turning on to the Tennessee directly off the Ohio and it would have gotten us to the Tennessee some 20 miles closer.  I say closer not sooner as the Kentucky Dam which...

October 9, 2018

 We'd heard about Muscle Shoals and it's long history with the music business but had no idea how prominent this place was until we visited.  This recording studio at Muscle Shoals was unique as it was owned and operated by the 4 session musicians (The Swampers) that w...

October 8, 2018

10/7/2018 9:19 PM


After 4 years, numerous side trips and hundreds of docktails, Happy Happy
crossed her wake somewhere in Pickwick Lake.

Thanks to Kim for her tireless commitment and endless enthusiasm in keeping
our Looper family connected everyday.

Thanks to all the Ha...

October 7, 2018

We end our journey on the Mississippi by turning left on the Ohio River.  After a few days of traveling with the current (did you know that it only takes about 3 days for the water flowing past St Louis to reach New Orleans?) we are now going upstream.  On the Mississi...

October 2, 2018

Ah yes no matter how you look at it this is one big river.  After leaving Grafton, IL we quickly leave the Illinois River (100,000 CFS), join the Mississippi and add the Missouri (+100,000 CFS).  At this point the Mississippi is flowing at something like 700,000 CFS....

September 29, 2018

After spending 2018 in Canada's North Channel and the Great Lakes we enter the lock at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago and head south down what Loopers call "The Rivers".  Most Loopers leave Chicago for Mobile or New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico to find warmer weather...

Fall layup and spring commissioning came with a return dose of the motor gagging fuel jellies.  The winter storage staff experienced this issue in the port motor when they tried to move the boat to winter storage in the fall.   And then in the spring, the starboard mot...

September 21, 2018

Chicago!  What can I say.  THE SECOND CITY,  and Happy Happy is docked in the heart of downtown on the fabulous waterfront.  Our short stay is loaded with action. A Chicago area grouping of Terry's high school friends have a mini-reunion and a visit to Chinatown to vis...

September 14, 2018

After an extended stay in Manitowoc (and on land!), we say goodbye to Pat's family, pack up the critters and set our sights on Chicago (remember we're on Lake Michigan again and we cruise when the wind/wave conditions allow).  Another added weather variable, fog, has a...

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