blackdogsailor

No More Red Right Return

In On the river on 21/08/2013 at 17:20

I still have a few problems with the PC. I am contributing this to old age, not me , the computer. Red right return means going up river you keep the red nun buoys on your right. I am now heading back down river and I am down bound with the green cans on my right.

Well I made it up to end of the navigable water on the Little Tennessee River and what is referred to as Tellico Lake.

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You can see the Great Smokey Mountain. The last ten miles of the navigable waters – beautiful.

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Great Smokey mountains

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Sight of the Cherokee town of Chota. Each stone represents a clan. The clans were Deer, Wild Potato, Wolf, Paint, Bird, Long Hair and Bird. This town had been in existence since the the late 1600 hundreds.

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You can barely see the marker for  the town where the the town Tanasi was located as the capital until 1731. We all know what the President from Tennessee did to the Cherokee.  What sate and river get their name from this village? Duh…

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This is Fort Loudoun. This fort was taken by the Cherokee when they turned on the British during the War of 1763. They did this after the British executed Cherokee civilians in the Carolinas. The United States tried to keep settlers from encroaching on Cherokee land toward the end of the 18th century by building another fort nearby but we know how that  worked out.

Tellico lake itself is clear and cold and the best water quality I have seen on my trip. The problem with The lake is it never had to be built. It serves no purpose for the TVA. The farmers who had to sell their land got next to nothing and the Congress of the United States passed a law exempting the lake construction from environmental regulations.

So what you end up with is mile after mile of million dollar homes stacked 20 feet apart for 20 miles. The TVA originally made the farmers sell all their land and have no water front property with the promise that the lake would remain natural and forested. All I’m going to say about this is some folks, maybe in government,  maybe not, made millions and millions of dollars off grandpa’s farm. All we need is a floating Starbucks next to the 6000 square foot boat house to complete the scene.

Not a big entry but next we’ll do the headwaters of the Tennessee.

Dr Brad standing by on 16

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