After having dinner with B-Side the night before, we all decided we would leave at 7 a.m.
I love getting an early start so we can get to our destination early.
I woke up.
It was cold.
It was so cold that there was frost all over our boat.
There was frost on the fenders.
There was frost on the lines.
There was frost everywhere.
Hey, that could be a Dr. Seuss book!
If Dr. Seuss were on the Great Loop.
The forecast for the day sounded so cheery but it sure was a cold way to start the day!
Everywhere you look, there is fog.
And as we pulled away from the dock, the smoke on the water was a bit eerie.
All at the same time.
Today we are going through four locks – Fulton, Wilkins, Amory, and Aberdeen.
The Fulton lock was very close to the marina that we just left.
We got right in and down we went!
As the fog burned off, the day was perfect for cruising down the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway.
Even though it was chilly, the water was like glass.
For a very long time.
And into locks.
There was one lock that we had to wait for so we tied up to the wall.
B-side was with us.
But we didn’t have to wait very long at all.
This trip made me love bridges.
I’m somewhat obsessed.
I love the variety.
And I like the view from both sides.
I even like the bridges that don’t go anywhere.
They add a lot to the landscape.
We have seen a few fishing enthusiasts all along the river.
It doesn’t matter the weather conditions.
They are out there.
All the time.
Heading to Columbus
As we started getting closer to the Columbus Marina, Sam read in the guidebooks that the water can get really shallow and you’ll be ok if you just follow the red/green markers right in.
And we did.
The water was about 3 feet under our keel so yes, it was more shallow that most marinas.
But we got fuel and then were rewarded with a covered slip.
The great thing about this marina is that there are 2 courtesy cars that you can sign up for so you can get provisions or whatever you need in Columbus, Mississippi.
We stayed three days in Columbus so we could celebrate Veterans Day there.
Sam retired from the Air Force after a long flying career.
A lot of businesses give discounts and we took advantage of it.
If you have a veteran in your life, honor them.
It’s a really big deal.