Bushranger Comes Home

14 Aug

Five years ago, we bought a little boat named Quixote. 

Bushranger at the start of her adventure

For three years we hammered, soldered, varnished, calked, and generally nipped and tucked. 

boyd smiling

me caulking

In the end, our tidy little Bushranger emerged, ready to take on the Great Loop of North America.

bushranger front on

On August 31, 2014, we started the Great Loop with a side trip up the Tennessee River. We ‘locked through’…

entering the maw

…fell in love with the city of Chattanooga…


…and had our eyes opened to our new reality. 


On November 5th, 2014, we headed south on the primary Loop…


…shivering down the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway…


…finding peaceful anchorages and marinas…

Looper flog in Mobile

…popping out into the busy port of Mobile Alabama…

pensacola dolphins

…racing the dolphins through the panhandle of Florida…

Choctawhatchee Bay

…wandering through fields of crab pots in the Gulf of Mexico…



…playing ‘dodge the alligator’ on the Okeechobee…

manatee nose

…then a game of ‘hide and seek’ with Florida’s manatees…

very shallow

…weaving between shoaling and shallow canals…


…seeing the mystery of the southern waterways…


…finding the maniacs in New Jersey…


…playing with the big boys in New York harbor…

hudson 10

…then quickly turning up the peaceful Hudson River…


…into the historic Erie Canal…

winter harbor2

…then snug in a heated shed, ready to survive the New York winter.

bolt from the garden

Six months later Bushranger awoke and found the Thousand Islands…

hop on hop off trolley

…then wandered through Canada…


…and the Trent-Severn…


…popping into the Great Lakes for some rockin’ and rollin’…


…to beautiful Chicago…


…and into the rivers…


…past St. Louis…

21photos along the way8 (2)

…riding the fickle Mississippi…

7good bye

…’til discovering the more sedate Ohio…


…and Tennessee to take us home again…



If you happen to enjoy numbers, here are some for your perusal:

Number of miles – 5850 (9414 kilometers)

Number of locks (including the Big Chute Railway) – 126

Gallons of diesel – 1580 (5980 liters) 

Number of days underway – 152

Engine hours (with zero defects)  –  887


I have been honored to be able to put virtual ‘pen to paper’ and chronicle our passing.

To our old friends who have ‘hung in there’ with us through these 5 years, thank you for allowing us to build our adventure upon the foundation of your support.  To all the lovely friends we have discovered enroute, thank you for adding even more joy to this adventure.  To all those ‘additional crewmembers’ who joined us along the way, we will cherish the time you spent with us – please know that you added so many extra smiles to our journey.

This has been a ride full of adventure, beauty and friendship.

Bushranger is due for a bit of spit and polish (and a varnish-touch-up wouldn’t go a-miss).  We are also planning on putzing around the Tennessee River a bit, cruising with old friends and enjoying the beautiful countryside.

I plan on continuing this blog for a little longer and I would love it if you stayed with us…after all, who knows what trouble we might get into….or wonders we may discover…

...I don't think the Canada Day fireworks can top this...

32 Responses to “Bushranger Comes Home”

  1. Alex Ertz August 14, 2016 at 18:11 #

    Yippee! So happy for you. Y’all done good.

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 18:40 #

      …and we zipped straight through the Pickwick Lock !

  2. Paul K August 14, 2016 at 18:37 #

    Bravo Zulu to the Mighty Bushranger and her awesome skipper and first mate!

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 18:41 #

      Woo-hoo Woo-hoo Woo-hoo! !!!!

  3. Cathy & Jim Taylor August 14, 2016 at 18:49 #

    Thank you for sharing your awesome and epic adventure…Congratulations on the journeys full circle…

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 19:14 #

      Thanks Cathy and Jim. It feels like coming home.

  4. alison August 14, 2016 at 18:53 #

    Wow! Congratulations on your completion! Looking forward to future journey blogs. All the best!

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 19:14 #

      thanks Alison!

  5. rodcrobinson August 14, 2016 at 19:18 #

    A fantastic summary LynnAnne. Wow what a journey and an adventure. I’ll miss living life vicariously through Bushrangers travels.

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 19:35 #

      …ahhh but we’re not done yet!

  6. Matt August 14, 2016 at 19:25 #

    What an adventure! Congratulations you two. Our small part played in the Bushranger tale will remain a very fond memory of exciting times spent with wonderful friends. Matt and Faye

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 19:34 #

      Same here guys. ..

  7. Daffy August 14, 2016 at 19:39 #

    Time for a bit of aircrew leave now methinks (step ashore at lunch time returning just before Colours to catch a nap during the forenoon watch -repeat diurnally until the captain splinters). Have enjoyed the living daylights out of this – as well as being educational – I just had to read up on virtually every place you went through. For that I truly thank you. Plus I always liked working for Boyd, it is good to see him having some fun. So congratulations to you both for ticking a very impressive box and I really am looking forward to future posts during the visitor season. And please pass to Boyd ‘Boats! We know boats!’ is alive and well in tinsel town so stay exactly where you are. Cheers

  8. Gregg Turner August 14, 2016 at 20:06 #

    Congratulations, good Friends! Well done! We hope to see you soon on another side trip! Summer Wind has been lonesome.

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 20:17 #

      Awwww that’s so nice!

  9. MrsB August 14, 2016 at 20:16 #

    Okeedokee. Thanks Daffy

  10. Big Bro August 14, 2016 at 20:22 #

    A fascinating review; good photos, well-written! Where to next?

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 20:28 #

      Good question. A month of cruising with some Aussie friends then back to Oz

  11. Mary and Jon August 14, 2016 at 21:53 #

    LynnAnne and Boyd, congratulations on completing your journey…what wonderful memories you have made! We have thoroughly enjoyed reading the blog, and we especially enjoyed sharing a very entertaining evening with you when you passed through our home port in Maryland. What a treat it was to catch up after many years–the best part was carrying on our conversation as if we had met every day for all those years! We wish you many more great adventures.

    • MrsB August 14, 2016 at 23:04 #

      Hi Mary. Great to hear from you! I wish there was some way to get together again and reminisce some more before we go back to Oz . You stay well and happy. Always your friend. La

  12. Heather August 15, 2016 at 05:32 #

    Bravo! Enjoyed your adventures very much. Your words painted pictures and your photos added colour. Loved seeing through your eyes what we hope to see through ours. I wonder what will be your next adventure… Looking forward to seeing you soon.

    • MrsB August 15, 2016 at 07:40 #

      Thanks Heather! Can’t wait to see you!

  13. jdepodwin August 15, 2016 at 07:37 #

    What an absolutely awe-inspiring tribute to your looping journey. The photos of your adventures helped to capture the breadth of your accomplishment. And your sentimental, heartfelt closing touched my heartstrings. Bushranger and her crew set out on this 2 year adventure and really savored all the moments. I would only add that the lives of those you touched along the way, whether in person or via the blog, were enriched by your friendship and positive outlook on life. Thanks for sharing the adventure with all us armchair enthusiasts! 😄👍⛴⚓️

    • MrsB August 15, 2016 at 07:43 #

      ….thank you Jeanne. I found that blogging is cathartic for me and looked forward to writing each entry.

  14. Marianne August 15, 2016 at 07:57 #

    There must be more varnish in your future! Congratulations on your accomplishments

    • MrsB August 15, 2016 at 08:11 #

      Hi Marianne. Yep, looks like I had better go find my paint brush. .. lol….

  15. Dianne Jackson August 15, 2016 at 09:38 #

    What a fantastic journey and chronicle!! Congratulations to the Captain and crew!!!

    • MrsB August 15, 2016 at 11:54 #

      Thanks Dianne!

  16. Ward August 15, 2016 at 21:31 #

    Here’s to you Mrs Robinson!
    Its been a wonderful coverage of a great trip. What are you going to do for an encore?
    Best wishes,
    Ward and Lin

    • MrsB August 15, 2016 at 21:55 #

      Oh thank you! Boyd wants to do 2 men in a tinnie. ….are you up for it?

    • MrsB August 15, 2016 at 21:57 #

      Boyd says that he wants to do 2 men in a tinnie. . . Are you up to it?

  17. cathleenrobinson August 27, 2016 at 10:56 #

    Congratulations on completing your Loop! We enjoyed the times when Bushranger and Dream Fever met up…wish there had been more! We continue to follow your advice as we read your blog ..we have mapped out our upcoming attack of the Mississippi/Illinois based on your stops.

    We are currently anchored on a very rainy day in White Lake, MI, to arrive in Chicago just after Labor Day. We then return to the Northwest for 10 days. After we “cross our wake” at Green Turtle, we will cruise the Cumberland and leave the boat in Nashville for a couple weeks of travel in Europe. We will be back in Iuka in mid-November…leaving the boat while we take a road trip to Memphis. The first time we met you, you had just returned from a sojourn to Memphis. Will you be in the area…or do you have another adventure planned?

    All the best and again HUGE congrats!!

    Andy and Cathy


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