We are now getting deep into “banjo country” so we can’t count on solid internet or cell coverage…whoa, we’re in those “white spots” on the Verizon coverage map! As a result we can’t always get on-line to post our latest update. Of course if there’s a two or three day gap maybe we’ve sunk, but the odd miss is due to remoteness.
Anyway, today was a day of transition as we finished up some on-shore touring followed by helping our new friends drop off their rental car before heading south in earnest. B had been insisting on touring the town of Iuka, MS (yes, three vowels and a consonant). The dock master at Grand Harbor had no idea why we would want to go to Iuka. He even asked his assistant (who’s from Iuka) and she couldn’t come up with any reason to visit. Be that as it may, off we went! And look, we came across the FIRST non-Trump yard sign of this entire trip!
It was a pretty good little place to visit. Not only did we see the source of the mineral water that won the “world’s best mineral water” at the 1902 St Louis World’s Fair,
but we also visited a cool historical museum with all sorts of stuff in it.
I have no idea how I got this mosaic effect, but here’s a courtroom scene from rural Mississippi…the Right Honorable Nick Malden presiding.
The whole experience was enhanced by a “locked the keys in the van” experience which ended up with the museum docent calling the police to tell them she had some folks all the way from Tacoma, Washington (we were the first Tacomans to EVER visit the Iuka museum) needing help with their car. No, Barney Fife didn’t show up, but the police put us on to someone else whose wife showed up with her 3-week-old baby and “broke into” our van.
Of course, the whole process was complicated by Ziggy being inside the van and trying to fiddle around with the probe being used to unlock the car. It all worked out.
Nick was also successful in finding Zaya rum today. Seems hardly worth mentioning, but he has been relentless in searching out that brand with little success since running out some time ago so he bought two bottles!
Anyway, with all these doings we got a late start on our voyage. We are at the beginning of the Tenn-Tom waterway which we will now be following all the way to Mobile. Many wouldn’t consider the Tenn-Tom very scenic as it is basically a man-made ditch linking the Tennessee and Tom Bigbee rivers.
Of course, there are trees and greenery, but the waterway itself is only about 280’ wide interrupted by large lakes with nice anchorages (we still have to do that, but we hate to immerse our super fancy anchor). There are quite a few locks to clear coming up including stretches with two or three locks within less than 10 miles. Remember we have had runs of over 200 miles without a lock so the next few days will be action packed!