Mission Accomplished

Trip Start Apr 20, 2013
Trip End May 08, 2013

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

So if sailing to Tennessee was on any of these guy's bucket lists, it can be checked off!  The trip turned out to be full of challenges and hardship, but I think they all have a feeling of accomplishment in seeing the trip through to the end.  And Perla should be in fantastic shape for fresh water sailing up there!  

Greg sent me a few more pictures and videos that he had on his phone and Jessica tried to take some as they came into Nickajack Lake to Perla's new home at Hale's Bar Marina.  It was pretty much dark when they pulled in, so the quality isn't very good.  While she was waiting, Jessica met a man who has a 31 ft sailboat docked close by and he happens to be from Louisiana!  He told the guys by phone about some shallow areas to avoid as they were coming into the marina and they know that he'll be a good neighbor to have there.




After doing their best to clear everything extra out of the boat in the dark, Jessica took the guys to the Highpoint Restaurant in Monteagle for dinner.  They held the table for them and good thing since they didn't arrive until 9:30pm.  I copied this from the Highpoint website:

  Contained in a 1929 mansion, presumably financed by Al Capone, the three-story compound is complete with escape hatches on the roof and underground tunnels in the basement used by Capone for the transferring of liquor in the twenties and early thirties.  It is rumored the floors were complete with a lining of sand beneath each one, suspected to prevent the penetration of a bullet.  Local legend reveals tales of Capone and John Dillenger lounging outside on the mountain stone patio having drinks and playing numerous hands of cards.

The guys enjoyed dinner and then crashed at The Smokehouse Restaurant, Lodge, and Trading Post in Monteagle.  For those that don't know, Jessica and Joey, along with their three dogs and five cats, are living in their cabin in Monteagle while a new house on the bluff is being built.  The cabin is 800 sq. ft.  So even though the guys are used to bunking in close quarters, it was more humane to put them up at the lodge. :)  Jessica met them there the next morning for breakfast and then they made a quick trip to the cabin for Joe to see the new house.  They packed their gear into Joey's truck (and I do mean packed!) and Joey drove them back to Baton Rouge.  Then they realized that they had not cleaned out Perla's ice chest holding the leftover lunch meat and chicken.  Joey will make a stop by the boat on his way back to Monteagle to clean that out before disaster strikes. 

It was a 20 day adventure and they were all very happy to be home.  But they saw things they never would have seen and experienced nature at it's best and worst.  Not bad for four sexagenarians!  Anybody want to hire them for another adventure?!
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Rome Evans on

Thanks again for including me. I truly enjoyed the stories and the pictures. Job well done.

Susan Farmer on

Thanks for sharing such an incredible journey! You're all to be commended! And thanks to Emily for being such a great narrator! You really brought the trip to life!

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