It was less than five miles to the next lock and dam, Aberdeen Lock at MM 356 with a drop of 27’. We called ahead to find that the lock could be open when we arrived so we pulled anchor and were headed downstream by 0615. The light was green when we arrived so we were able to go right into the Aberdeen Lock and tie to the floating bollard for a 27’ drop.
There is a plant that apparently grows along the riverbank and then breaks off and continues growing while floating. Some of the patches of these plants are quite large and there is a lot of growth below the waterline. As we continued down river there was an increasing amount of this stuff floating in the channel. It reminded me a lot of negotiating the “burgie bits” near glaciers on our Alaska trip on the Mei Wenti. We had to continually change course to avoid running over these plants as hitting the larger ones head on would drive them down and under the hull.
When we finally got to the turn off to Columbus Marina these plants were everywhere. It was like going through a mine field picking our way through the channel to the Marina.
As we had anchored only 27 miles up stream and gotten an early start we were at the marina by 1030 and were some of the first transients of the day. We grabbed the loaner car and headed into the town of Columbus to explore. Our first stop was at the childhood home Tennessee Williams. We then toured the old section of town to look at many antebellum mansions that had been restored there.
By the time our two hours with the car was up and we were back at the marina we found that several more looper boats had arrived and they kept streaming in throughout the afternoon. At least 10 of the boats were ones we had run into before.