Sunday, August 12, 2012


Raised anchor and prepared to leave
Sumter Recreation Area. Boat launch
seen in the distance. Plenty of floating water
hyacinth to dodge around. Can be a nuisance
if tangled in the props. 
 Aug. 12, 2012---Heflin lock was the only one today with another 30 feet down. It is located 4 miles down river from the Sumter Recreation Area. Made 53.3 miles in 6 hours to reach final destination at mile 216.7.  What a fine trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee and back! Total distance 966 miles. Went up 572' and back down the 572' in 28 locks. Burned 843 gallons of diesel for an average of 1.14 miles per gallon. Actual travel days was 20 out of the total 38 days spent in the States of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Approaching Demopolis, Alabama

Tug at fuel dock. Not a problem,
tied up on the far side of the dock.
Took on 212 gals of diesel.

Left the fuel dock and prepared
fenders and lines for tie up
in assigned slip at Kingfisher Bay Marina.


Keith & "T" solving world problems as Allen looks on.
Pumped out waste tank and took on 100 gallons of
diesel fuel as preparations were made to leave Columbus Marina.
 Aug. 11, 2012---Two locks today: Stennis and Bevill each lowered Dream Manor about 30 feet. Went 65 miles down the Tombigbee in 8.8 hours. Turned to starboard at mile 270 and entered a well protected embayment at Sumter Recreation Area. Dropped anchor before the boat ramp. Enjoyed a peaceful evening.
Montgomery and Visitors Center seen from
the water just above Bevill Lock.

Bevill Lock at mile 306.8
Waited a short time as a tow moved
slowly out of the lock.

Dredging operation taking place at
mile 304 just down from the lock.

Dredging is necessary to keep the channel
deep enough for commercial traffic.

Interesting tow. Three large vessels
of some kind.

Sun sets on a quiet embayment.
Sailboat not far away can be seen
in the shadows.

Friday, August 10, 2012


 Aug. 10, 2012---Remained in Columbus, Mississppi another day. Courtesy Van was available, so 4 mcgees made like tourists. Drove 25 miles to Pickensville, Alabama. The Snagboat "Montgomery"  was built in 1926. She was used to remove trees, sunken logs and other debris that might obstruct river traffic. This steam powered sternwheeler was the last one used to keep seven of the Souths major rivers navigable. Following her retirement in 1982, the Montgomery was restored and put on display just above the Bevill Lock on the Tombigbee. The visitors center does a good job of depicting the history of the Tombigbee.

Info below was copied from the internet.

The Tennessee–Tombigbee Waterway (popularly known as the Tenn-Tom) is a 234-mile (377-kilometer) man-made, artificial waterway that extends from the Tennessee River to the junction of the Black Warrior-Tombigbee River system near Demopolis, Alabama, United States. The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway links commercial navigation from the nation’s midsection to the Gulf of Mexico. The major features of the waterway are 10 locks and dams. Under construction for twelve years by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway was completed in December 1984 at a total cost of nearly $2 billion.[2]

Over to the upper right is a slide show made up of pictures from three different cameras. Photos are in no particular order. Remember to double click on the slide show to bring it up on a more full screen view, has arrows to move forward and back at the desired pace of the viewer.
U.S. Snagboat "Montgomery"
located beside the Tombigbee Waterway

Tom Bevill Visitor Center 

Thursday, August 9, 2012


After the rain "BB" is much happier!
 Aug. 9, 2012---Rained hard all morning. Stayed at Columbus Marina. Much nicer to be secured to the dock during windy rains.
Sunset on Columbus Lake
Large lilies in the foreground

Wonderful pastel pinks

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Passed tow that is headed up river
to Wilkins Lock at mile 376.3
 Aug. 8, 2012---Another day of smooth water and plenty of sunshine. Had 4 locks today with a total elevation change of 120 feet down. The lock masters were most cooperative. Each of them had the gate open with a green light on for our arrival. Most tows seen in one day since starting this trip. Made 59 miles in 6.5 hours.
Tow hauling an interesting load.

Turned port toward Columbus Marina
at mile 335 just above the Stennis Lock

"BB" says look at all the water. Will soon
be at the marina where "T" works.
  He always asks about me.

Columbus Marina

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Waited for fog to clear before leaving
Aqua Yacht Harbor
 Aug. 7, 2012---Wonderful day to travel. Really enjoyed the constantly changing reflections on the water. Made 54.2 miles in 6.5 hours. Three locks today: Whitten (84'), Montgomery (30'), Rankin (30'). Total elevation change 144'. Arrived Midway Marina at 3:00p.m., mile 394. Had an early dinner and brief shopping spree at Walmart. Returned courtesy van to the marina. Enjoyed a dip in the whirlpool and the sauna.
Looking back at Pleasant Hill Daymark
mile 445.1

Highway 25 which goes south
to Iuka, Mississippi. This bridge is
located at mile 443.4

Beautiful reflections of clouds in
the water.

Long, straight, man-made channels on the
TomBigBee Waterway

Capt Keith slowed as tow passed.

Looking back as tow continued up river.

Lonely fisherman

Running 9.7 mph in 17 ft of water
with a heading of 197 degrees at mile 433

Another fine photo showing reflections
on the smooth water.

Entering Witten Lock at mile 411.9
Keith has a line ready to catch the bollard

Dead Cypress trees a short distance
up river from Midway Marina which
is located at mile 394

Took courtesy van to go eat in Fulton, MS.
Water tower is located near the Walmart store

Monday, August 6, 2012


Natchez Trace Parkway bridge over the
Tennessee River at mile 236.6
 Aug. 6, 2012---Smooth traveling until a rain storm built up about where the TomBigBee intersects the Tennessee River. It did not look pleasant 5 miles ahead and water started to get rough, so a stop at Coleman State Park Marina at mile 449.7 seemed like a great idea. It is a well protected area with large hills on three sides. A 20 minute wait was all that was necessary as the front passed quickly. Continued to mile 215.2 on the Tennessee River which equals mile 450.7 on the TomBigBee Waterway. Turned to port. Mileage will count down from there as the route is now southerly. Went past Grand Harbor Marina and continued to Aqua Yacht Harbor. Total miles today 43.5 in 5.2 hours. This is a return since the Dream Manor was here almost a month ago on July 8th. This harbor is about a mile off Lake Pickwick in Yellow Creek.

Grand Harbor Marina at mile 449.7
on TomBigBee Waterway

Sunday, August 5, 2012


"BB" gazes into the swimming pool as we
prepare to leave Joe Wheeler State Park Marina.
"BB" says it must be too early. Where are all
the swimmers?
 Aug. 5, 2012---Traveled 20.8 miles in 2.9 hours to Florence Marina. Two locks today. Joe Wheeler Lock at mile 274.9 lowered Dream Manor 48'. Wilson lock at mile 259.4 was a down lift of 93'. It is the highest single lift lock east of the Rocky Mountains. The Wilson Dam is 137' high and stretches 4541' across the Tennessee River. Cost of the dam was nearly 47 million. Construction began in 1918 and was completed in 1924. The dam predates TVA, but was later put under their authority.
Flock of Anhinga taking flight.

After the brief storm passed, all is
quiet at Florence Marina, mile 256.2
on Tennessee River.

Saturday, August 4, 2012


"BB" on the bill, is in great position to see
folks swimming in the pool. 
 Aug. 4, 2012---Joe Wheeler State Park. Cloudy and a little cooler. Fine day for Sudoku, Free Cell, TV Movies and of course Facebook. Sudoku is done by Carol in puzzle books. Keith and Allen both have I-Phone4S with the same Sudoku app loaded. Identical puzzles are chosen and working against the clock is the challenge. Competition is quite intense!


Whitetail Deer

Praying Mantis

Another close up of the big insect.


Maryann & Keith
 Aug. 3, 2012---Chose to stop at Joe Wheeler State Park Marina. How far did we travel? Okay, it was just 10 miles! Just a little over one hour, but enough to make sure the generator worked properly after changing fuel filters. Prior to changes it would not run long. Obviously waited too long between filter changes. Anyway the main reason for the short run today was to be in a nice place with a convenient restaurant where Maryann's birthday could be enjoyed. A special day for a special lady!
A special Birthday plate for Maryann
who does not eat cake.

Friday, August 3, 2012


Dream Manor at Bay Hills Marina
Aug. 2, 2012---Remained at Bay Hills today and performed some maintenance tasks. Replaced Separ fuel filters on main engines and the generator. Also replaced Parker fuel filter on the generator. Cleaned the raw water strainers on all three air conditioners. Removed cover from King Dome self tracking TV receiver and found one nylon wheel dragging instead of rotating. Lubricated with silicone spray. Seems to rotate now. Hopefully it will track the satellites with greater ease. Went to dinner with Roy & Elvie. Fine meal and great conversation topped off the day.
Roy El' belongs to Roy and Elvie


Stanfields steakhouse


Roy & Elvie