To get to Green Turtle Bay (GTB), the last hurdle is the Barkley Lock a rather imposing structure. Most of the locks have been a few feet of lift. The largest we saw on the Erie Canal was 40 feet; the Barkley lock is over 47 feet of lift. The other boats look very small in this lock.
The marina has loaner courtesy cars which we used to go to town and get groceries and supplies. There is a well-stocked ship’s store here for needed boat items.
We went to dinner at Patti’s Restaurant which is famous for their 2” thick Pork Chops with some of our Looper friends. The food was amazing, but be sure to save room for dessert because they offer an extensive list of homemade pies. The restaurant is part of a Patti’s 1800’s Settlement that includes gardens, gift shops, and a huge Christmas light display starting in November–the largest in western Kentucky.
Yesterday “Last Call,” left for Nashville. They are taking a side trip up and back on the Cumberland River to visit. “Life’s TraVails” moved on to another marina to leave the boat for a couple weeks and return home for a wedding. “Glorious Dei” left their boat to visit their son in China. So our group of traveling boats is down to 2 for a few days. “Last Call” should catch up with us next week, or at the planned AGLCA Rendezvous at Joe Wheeler State Park.
At the Barkley Lock
Entering – Gates Closing – Lifting boats
Scenes from around Green Turtle Bay Marina
Some of the dock set ups are VERY elaborate, with large grills mini bars and flat screen TV’s
Birds from along the route
Great Blue Heron, Great White Egret, Buzzards and a large pod of White Pelicans