TN: Carthage (Cumberland River) – 09/06/2016 – 09/21/2016

Parking: Defeated Creek Campground
Rating: 10

Carthage, TN

(There I am on the trike.)

Nearly perfect. The campground allows campers to beach their boats for free. We have never done that (though we have seen other Montgomery 17s do it), so we figured this would be a good time to try. It’s even better than having a transient slip. Any time we felt like sailing, it was so easy to just untie from shore, kedge off, use the electric outboard to get in the channel (less than five minutes), and then raise the sails. Sometimes we’d anchor offshore to paddle board and swim in deeper water.

We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary while in Carthage. I made korma, and we ate on the fancy china. To celebrate, we bought a 20″ sailboat (one can never have too many boats no matter the size). It needs some work before it will be ready for launch, but it gives me a project for rainy days. Since we were planning on being here for a while, we went ahead and had some other deliveries, too – random stuff from Amazon, a screen room, and the mail that has been piling up in our box back in Washington (which was mostly just junk since we have gone as paperless as we could). It was like mini-Christmas!

Carthage, TN

Carthage, TN

Carthage, TN

Carthage, TN

Carthage, TN

I cannot pass the occasion of our silver anniversary without expressing how fortunate I have been to be married all these years to my best friend and love of my life. There are not many folk who would take care of a nutter like me, who would put in all the study required to take care of our financial future, and who would build all the crazy things I’ve dreamed up. I have no idea why he hasn’t chucked me out (probably Stockholm Syndrome), but I am very grateful to have been able to share this time together, and I look forward to experiencing all the unknown adventures yet-to-come.
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