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In June 2012 we started the Great Loop in our Bayliner Explorer. This blog is for family and friends who would like to follow our comings and goings and , for now, our getting ready for the trip. If you read this blog we would love to hear your comment& suggestions.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Pickwick to Columbus MS

After Pickwick lake we headed to Bay Springs; aka as the 5 Finger Lake. With all the little nooks and crannies it is hard to pick the perfect anchoring spot, they are all good!
This tree is full of Cormorants. We would sit and watch them "come in for landing" in the evenings. They are very funny birds and have to attempt "landings" over and over with much squawking and fluttering of wings.

Just a  couple of typical scenes from our stern as we sit at anchor in Bay Springs Lake

Wonderfully calm waters on the Tenn-Tom

Our first anchorage at McDougal Recreational area was nice and protected. We dingied ashore and went for a nice walk along the immaculately kept rec area. We were once again reminded at how great these little “rec areas” are along the river. Perfect for a bbq, swim or to spend the day fishing. But as it were last year when we came through here, it is all but deserted.

It is October and it is suppose to be Fall but the temperatures are still in the high 80s!

As we left our anchorage I saw about 14 snakes in the water!!!!!

The view as the lock doors open. The locks on the Tenn-Tom are huge!

A little stow away that Gary took to shore to continue a happy life

Even though it is considered “fall” it is still quite hot with days in the high 80s and we heard rumours of a possible hurricane in the Gulf. Fortunately we are too far north for it to impact us any more than a bit of rain, so we shall see. As I am writing this Hurricane Karen is still out to sea but expected to make land fall in a day or so.

We have been having hard time with our generator. It would start but only with great difficulty. Gary changed the filters and then one evening as we were running it to charge batteries, etc  I saw some white smoke coming out of the exhaust. Gary told me to smell it and sure enough, it had the bitter sweet smell of anti-freeze. We knew we had a leak because the anti-freeze was dropping but with the smoke coming out of the exhaust it could only mean that the anti- freeze was leaking into the combustion part of the generator’s engine. This is not good. It could mean a cracked head or head gasket. Both of which means big $$$$$$$!!

So, to prevent any further damage; a bent rod or a hole in a piston, we are not using the generator until we can fix in Mobile. Of course it is hotter than Hades and without the generator there is no air conditioner!

Other than that life is grand!

Aberdeen, Mississippi
Formed in 1834 and in 1849 it became a county seat of Monroe, the first county in the state north of Vickersburg. It was also a cotton trade center and port for mobile. After docking at Blue Bluffs, we took our bicycles into Aberdeen to tour the famous Antebellum Houses. Unfortunately the Chamber was closed so we just followed our noses and came across the Silk Stocking Row of architecture.
Adams-French - 1858

Old Homestead - 1852

Watkins Jackson -1865

Victoria - 1879

Painted Lady - 1885

Silk Stocking Row - 1880

Crest Wood - 1894

I was so hot!! It was about 90F and we had just done the whole tour on our bicycles.

Of course we picked one of the hottest days to ride the 3 miles into town and then around the town looking at houses.
 We stopped at Blue Bluffs and of course we just HAD to climb them!!
Tied to the free dock at Blue Bluff

At the top

Blue Bluff Those walking sticks made for us by Gary

He goes for a walk with his BUBBA cup of tea

At 8am it was 87F

Blue Bluff

Just outside Aberdeen MS

After a stop at the anchorage near the Waverly Mansion we finally made it to Columbus. It wasn't far from Pickwick but we took our time.The incredible heat finally broke after a cold front brought some rain through early Sunday morning.

In Columbus we took the courtesy car to go and do shopping ( does it seem to ya' all that we are always shopping??!!)

We also got to check out the home of Tennesee Williams
Getting our fast-food fix, at Sonix Burger in Columbus MS

Home of Tennessee Williams Author of  plays like
 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar named Desire. be continued 


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