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Knoxville, Tennessee

We are in beautiful Knoxville, Tennessee where the weather is perfectly warm, the water is cool, there are afternoon summer rain showers, and the people talk with a slow drawl.

Benzy, Hazel, and I arrived on Saturday with no major incidents to our surprise. High-fives were in order.

It took us a bit to find a¬†launch. We were under the impression that there was a launch at the Volunteer Landing Marina. Nope. But a marina employee talked us to the launch under a nearby bridge. He didn’t know any of the street names (such¬†memorable names as¬†“Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame Drive”, “Honor Our Troops Drive” and “Riverside Forest Way”),¬†so navigation¬†was amusing.

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We went down¬†the pre-launch checklist that Jeremiah and I made last year. “Unhook the tie-downs. Open all the curtains. Attach bumpers.” Then we went over¬†The Plan for the launch.

It went into the Tennessee River easy peezy.

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The parking lot near the launch had no parking prohibitions and apparently no time limits — an inconceivable situation to Californians. So our truck has just been parked there with our trailer.

We motored the boat down river a bit to the Volunteer Landing Marina and squatted the end of a dock. We settled in quite nicely, finally able to put the boat in order and get some work done.

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Yesterday, we wanted a swim so we motored upstream in the jonboat to Dickinson Island with the airplanes from the municipal airport landing and taking off directly above us.

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Afterward we went to the Trailhead bicycle bar, one of the newer cool things happening in South Knoxville across the river. We drank enough great beer that we were a danger to ourselves, but kept in mind that Jesus wanted us to party with Him.

 

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Benzy brought her friend Squirlsy on the shantyboat. Benzy reports that his foul language has softened and he is becoming more introspective and thoughtful.

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