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NOV 7th/8th Days 43-44 Back-tracking in So Many Ways

Ok…just to get the literal elephant out of the room (and, yes, I know it is a detour out of a travel blog …but the byline DOES say the blog will reflect my thoughts/perspective!), I’m jumping ahead to today’s actual posting date and then I’ll get back to our chronology. 857 more words

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Nov 5 DAY 41 From Pain to Escape

Today we journeyed 50 minutes northward-ish to Birmingham in the rental car and after finding the CLOSED (permanently) West Marine where we had hoped to find more doodads and thingamajigs to add to our collection (including a new flag pole thingy for our Looper burgee/flag on the bow), we continued on to the Civil Rights District of Birmingham and were steeped in impressions that left me as sad as the Holocaust Center in Jerusalem but still with some hope too and thanks for all the work of those who went before. 513 more words

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Oct 31 and Nov 1 Days 37/38 A Few Tricks and Plenty o' Treats

Left Columbus, Mississippi on Halloween morning. So let’s get all those Halloween shots going and move on:

Moving on to the action:

So although it was Halloween,  we had no fears of “camping out”  “on the hook” (aka anchoring!) in the middle of nowhere. 1,287 more words

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Oct 29 Day 35 Slippin' into the South: Notable Columbus, Mississippi

Nothing like a small college town (remember how fun Marrietta, Ohio was way back on Day 4 Sept 6?)

We’re spending 3 nights here (and maybe, hopefully, getting out of the pack of boats we were bound up with earlier in the week). 563 more words

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Oct 27 Day 33 Lockin' Down the Tenn-Tom

Today was a big, long day but short on overall miles: only 36 miles; 4 Locks; 4hrs 35 min engine hours;  but 7 hrs 50 min Total Transit Time.  524 more words

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Oct 24 Day 30 Rock n' Roll

By now you know we’re in Florence, Alabama which is the reputed birthplace of the blues and just across the river from Muscle Shoals where many big names like the Rolling Stones, Cher, Aretha Franklin, The Osmonds, Little Richard and more recently, Alicia Keys have recorded hit songs. 525 more words

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Oct 23 Day 29 Carpoolin' Fun in Florence, Al

Yet again another nice marina and great dockmaster couple: Kyle and Eva who, despite being inundated w/ Loopers heading downriver after the annual “Looper Convention,” they still made us feel special in our little boat. 330 more words

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