October 23, 2014
Depart: Aberdeen Marina/9:25
Arrive: Anchorage at Columbus, MS/2:40
Weather Conditions: very cool in the morning, beautiful afternoon
We started our day by waiting for some of the loopers who had stopped further up the river to catch up, so that we could lock through the Aberdeen Lock together. When we know that there are other pleasure craft planning to lock down, we try to all go through together to save the lock tender from having to turn around the lock more often than they have to. Jess and I don't plan too far ahead, but with ballgame day coming up we have planned to get below Stennis Lock today, so that we will be able to get to a marina on Saturday. We anchored so close to Columbus, MS. that we were able to dinghy to a very nice Riverwalk Park that gave us access to the city where we had a nice walk through the historic district. We then met George & Martha Alexander from Aunt Aggie for dinner. I will add some pictures from Columbus later.
Following the markers through the Cypress Trees was no problem for Bama Dream's skillful captain.
We had to pull over to wait for this tow to get through Stennis Lock. There are 12 locks on the Tenn-Tom, which would normally mean that there could be a lot of waiting, but the lock tenders are great about notitying the locks downriver of boats heading their way, so most of the time they are ready for us.
Cell coverage is definitely sketchy along this stretch, although I am not sure this is the answer to the problem.
The home of Tennessee Williams has been restored and now serves as a Visitor Center in Columbus. I am not sure the paint scheme is authentic, but it is pretty.
We enjoyed strolling down the side streets of Columbus, where there are many stately antebellum homes.
The sun had fallen into the river as we returned from our trip into Columbus, MS.