To those who have enquired as to our safety with the hurricanes rampaging Florida and the East Coast, we are safe and snug. The storms and wet weather have not reached us in our travels. We had one day of showers, yesterday, which was perfect timing as we stayed in Columbus for some sightseeing. We borrowed the marina’s courtesy car and drove into Main Street, Columbus – the historic part of town. We had a delightful tour of the home of Tennessee Williams before lunching in a cute ‘pie’ shop. We walked a part of Catfish Alley – home to Mississippi Blues music.
Last night we experienced our first docktails – a gathering of boaters to share convivial chatter, wisdom and food. We met some lovely people who we hope to ‘bump’ into again on the waterway. Our boating neighbours gave me a bunch of fresh basil, and another neighbour gave me a much needed scourer – for cleaning my fenders.
We set sail at 7.00am today to negotiate the first lock with three other boats. We stayed in company with one of the boats, as he motors as slowly as we do! The river is beautiful with graceful ‘S’ turns, meandering back and forth into Mississippi and Alabama. The state border is not delineated by the river, but rather a straight line. Some of the time I don’t know which state I am in! But the scenery is bucolic and the river flows with a steady rhythm. Sunlight danced on the water producing sparkling diamonds. Garlands of mauve water lilies floated by. Trees stretched their limbs to the waters edge. And through it all I kept alligator watch. Yep! We are sailing in ‘gator waters. I am looking out for their beady little eyes.
Tonight we are safe and snug in a very picturesque cove. We tootled around in our dinghy before sunset. I wondered if alligators jump – the water level is close. Still, it was fun to explore our little piece of paradise.
Another day awaits…
Such is Life!