Tuesday, November 2, 2010

11/2/2010 COLUMBUS, MS AND COMPANY ARRIVES

TUESDAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JACKIE!!!

TOTAL MILES TRAVELED TODAY: 0 NM

LOCKS TODAY: 0

The traveling troops were off to an early start this morning with Tally Ho leading the mass exodus. I think eight of them left and locked down together. The faster boats will be trying to make it the 118 miles to Demopolis while others will be anchoring along the way.


FROM OUR BOAT YOU CAN SEE FIVE OF THE BOATS WAITING
LOCK DOWN THE NEARLY ADJACIENT STENNIS LOCK

By 10:30 it was raining “cats and dogs”. Guess they should just call us to do windows when ever rain is needed.

Emblem from 14th Flying Training Wing (USAF)Image via WikipediaColumbus is home to the busy Columbus Air Force Base which is charged with training our young pilots. The base began its training program during WW II, graduating its first class in March of 1942. It lay stagnant after WW II only to resume its important job in 1957 as it produced fit pilots for the Korean War. The next phase brought the base under the jurisdiction of the Strategic Air Command and was home to the famous B-52s. In 1970 the base returned to its original mission, producing highly trained pilots for the US and is now home to the 14th Flying Training Wing. This is where Debbie’s son-in-law, Jason, did some of his training.






Pulitizer Prize winning playwright, Tennessee Williams, hailed from Columbus and will long be remembered for his works like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Streetcar Named Desire and the Glass Menagerie. Later in the evening we did pass by the original home of Tennessee Williams which is now the official Welcome Center.

THE GLASS MENAGERIE 
 Tennessee Williams homeImage by Roger Smith via Flickr


            BIRTHPLACE OF       TENNESSEE WILLIAMS       
             MARCH 26, 1911








We lucked out and someone canceled their request for the courtesy car and we acquired one hour of its use to make a fast trip to the marked to provision for our next few days with guests. We were a vision of efficiency as we zipped through the Krogers, filling our basket with necessary items.

Richard and Barbara arrived at the marina by 3:30 and dodged the raindrops as they made their way aboard the Quest. The drops abated and we waded over to the transient dock to find out who might be leaving in the morning. Feeling confident that our plans were coordinated, Richard and Barbara found their way to the darling little Golden Triangle Regional Airport where they dropped off their rental car and we picked them up. We had a great dinner at Hucks in downtown Columbus then drove around a bit, taking in the sights and finding some of the big old homes.


       WELCOME ABOARD!




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