SIX LOCKS IN ONE DAY!
Trip Start Nov 02, 2013
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Town of Aberdeen
It was not quite daylight when we departed and there was some fog due to warming temperatures (a balmy 50 degrees) as well as some drizzle. While we had hoped for clear weather, we gladly settled for warmer temperatures.The first lock down went smoothly with no waiting. Our new friends were good about calling the lockmasters ahead of time to check on barge traffic and general conditions, something we intend to do in the future
So we headed to the marina. We were very grateful to have our new friends guide us. Even with them leading the way, it was a challenge to navigate the winding, stumpy channel.Our GPS was going crazy due to false readings generated by the water vegetation
After tying up and settling in at the marina, another boat arrived. They had been following us all day, one lock behind. Capt. Bart helped them with their lines and we exchanged some boat tales. Then we joined our old new friends for cocktails and more boat tales. Afterwards, my Captain and I decided to take the marina courtesy car into town for some local cuisine. We were in Mississippi and by golly, we were craving catfish. The marina owners kindly directed us to a local eatery that specialized in this southern delicacy, even drawing a map for us on a paper bag. Because we were feeling adventurous we decided to follow their directions and leave our phones behind. Lucky us, the directions were excellent and although we had to travel a few miles in the boonies on a very dark night, we easily found The Friendship House on Coontail Road. And the food was delicious
Today it is still windy and raining so we are waiting out the weather. Fortunately, it is warm if wet and it feels mighty fine not to have to wear long underwear, heavy coats and socks for a change. So far, no more news of tornadoes but still the possibility of storms. As such, we will stay snug and dry in our little boat home at our cute marina. We might even explore and certainly we will visit with our new friends who will be traveling with us down the Tom-Bigbee. As I write, Capt. Bart is puttering around as usual. I intend to do laundry, read a book and then plot our course for tomorrow. Naturally, we are hoping for warm sunny skies, smooth cruising and not too many barges.