May 12, 2009---What a great day! Left the Columbus Mariana at 6:30 a.m. Out in the channel it was a relief to find very little debris in the water and the current not as strong. Boating had become easier. We caught up with “Pharm a Sea” at the first lock of the day and traveled together through seven locks. Total lift for the day was 264’. The Whitten lock was last and the most single lift of the day raising 84’. Just upstream of that lock at mile 414 we left the main channel to the starboard side. Water depth was greater than 50’ and we had to go nearly to the end of one of the five fingers to find 13’ of water in a secluded cove. We went past an anchored Trawler named “Captain and The Kid” that had left Columbus yesterday. We set anchor at 6:30 p.m. It was a good 12 hour day having made 79 miles.