We had a slow cruise to Kentucky Lake in order to ensure we had no leaks in our starboard engine.
YAY!! Spiritus ran well and we enjoyed the beautiful scenery in Kentucky Lake.
After we dropped our anchor in Duncan Bay, the Captain launched the dinghy to do some exploring.
The First Mate didn't waste any time jumping in the water and attempting some creative aqua yoga.
While at anchor, Sonny and Marena from Corkscrew dinghied over from their anchorage for a visit.
Marena was so happy to be on Spiritus and devoured a bowl of fresh water like it was beer!
Chef Eddy put steaks on the bar-b-que for dinner.
We ate our meal outside in the cockpit and watched the sun slowly melt into Kentucky Lake.
The next morning we had coffee and moved Spiritus nine miles to the next cove; Ginger Bay.
We enjoyed watching eagles in this peaceful, quiet anchorage.
And, of course, we NEVER tire of watching spectacular sunsets over the water!
After a couple days at anchor, we decided to pull into Pebble Isle Marina for 2 days.
When we're in a marina, we get our laundry done and we stock up on groceries . . . .
. . . . and we gather with fellow Loopers at 5:00 for docktails and story telling.
The Johnsonville State Park was adjacent to our marina so we enjoyed an afternoon of hiking and history lessons. This was the site of an important Civil War Battle led by Nathan Bedford Forrest.
We departed Pebble Isle at sunrise and cruised 8.5 hours to our next anchorage at Double Island.
After fighting a 3 mph current, we decided to pull into Clifton Marina.
This was our view from Spiritus' bow.
Soon Texas Gold joined us for drinks, snacks, guitar music, and lots of laughter.
We followed Texas Gold out of the marina the next morning.
The deck on the right provided the perfect place for our Looper gathering the night before.
It was a short run on a beautiful morning to our anchorage at Swallow Bluff Island.
We smiled when we saw this house for sale at the river's edge, reminding ourselves that it could be ours!
After we dropped our anchor, we had a fun surprise. Scott and Karen on Last Call joined us!
After swimming to cool off, we opened wine and celebrated our Looper Lifestyle.
The four of us sat together on Last Call and watched the sun's glow on Spiritus . . . .
. . . . and the beautiful hues as it set on the Tennessee River.
The next morning we pulled up anchor and quietly departed, leaving Last Call peacefully at anchor.
We were underway at first light and enjoyed our stern view of the sun peeking over the horizon.
The Tennessee River is beautiful . . . .
. . . . oh-so-beautiful!!!!
We arrived at the Barkley Lock and look who we saw . . . Antonia!
We helped Mark and Lezlie start their Loop in Florida nine months ago!
We went through Barkley Lock with Antonia as well as Last Call, who finally caught up to us.
When we arrived at Pickwick Lake anchorage, Charlie and Robin McVey picked us up and we enjoyed a great meal at Freddy T's!
After departing Pickwick Lake, Last Call and Lower Place followed us to mile marker 215 where we would cross our wake, signifying completion of our second Loop.
This is the EXACT place we crossed our wake five years ago on our first Great Loop.
Spiritus flew the white AGLCA burgee during our first Great Loop in 2012-13. Upon completion, we proudly received our GOLD burgee on Oct 3, 2013. Five years later, we are overjoyed to earn a PLATINUM burgee, which signifies completion of 2 or more Loops!
After celebrating on Spiritus, we took the party to Robin and Charlie McVey's lovely home.
Captain Eddy is quite comfortable under the quilt Robin made upon the completion of their Loop in 2016. Each quilt square is part of a tee shirt from a stop they made on America's Great Loop.
These current and gold Loopers made our "Platinum Celebration" so memorably awesome!
Another life changing year packed with "WOW" memories and unforgettable friends.
"Thank you" to EVERYONE who supported our passion and were part of our second adventure of a lifetime!