12-Jun-2002 -- We (Karan, Steve, and Boomer (a 13 year old Border Collie) left Bloomington, Indiana on 11 June 2002 heading south toward Tennessee. It was a hot (88 deg.), sunny day. Our journey took us south through Evansville, Indiana and on down to Land Between The Lakes on the Kentucky/Tennessee line. The drive through LBL is very scenic and quiet. Here
we spent the night in the campgrounds at Paris Landing State Park.
Wednesday morning 12 June 2002 we were off to Camden, Tennessee and 36/88 confluence in the middle of the Tennessee River. Upon arriving at the New Johnsville bridge we got some tips from local fisherman where to find a
marina that rented boats. (This was a relief to Karan and Boomer who were glad we didn't have to inflate the rubber raft we had brought with us). The coal barges on the river looked rather formidable. We found the Birdsong boat marina, located about 5 miles south of Camden, without any problems. There
we met a pleasant and accomodating gentleman, Ollie McNeal, who ran the marina. We rented a fishing boat, loaded Boomer on and headed for the confluence. The boat ride to the confluence took about 20 minutes. We then spent the next 20 minutes trying to hold the boat steady against the wind, waves, and current to attempt to photograph the GPS with an all zero coordinate reading. Though we crossed through this spot several times we did not get a photo of this exact moment.
The best we were able to photograph was 35.99.999/88.00.000. Boomer was very excited to arrive at his first confluence point (it was our first too). We used the rest of our boat rental time to explore a little up and down the Tennesse River. This area is very beautiful and fishing appears to be the main form of recreation.
After returning our boat to the marina we headed back to Indiana.