We were ready to go at 7:00AM but found thick fog at the marina. After about an hour it started to lift and we left shortly after 8:00. The route goes northeast between mountains on both sides of the river and is beautiful. This was wildlife viewing day. At Bellefonte Island we saw an otter on the bank and a deer swim successfully across the river and bound out of the water with much spashing. At Burns Island we saw four eagles soaring high over the river and then Mavis spotted a nest 2/3 of the way up a nearby power line tower. Passing the TVA Widow's Creek Steam Plant I noted the water temperature rose from 75 to 80 degrees. During the entire trip we only passed one cruiser (a looper) and no barges. We tied up at Hales Bar Marina at 3:30PM. The marina has expanded with a new restaurant on a barge. We had dinner with two other couples that are leaving for Chattanooga in the morning. The two men were both United Airlines pilots and happy to be retired. It is just 33 miles to downtown Chattanooga. We should arrive before lunch and have lots of time to see the aquarium and other attractions.
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