The trip north from Columbus to Aberdeen was another short trip of less than an hour to the next dam and lake on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. We pulled into Blue Bluff Campground just after noon and located our back-in site. They had a few suggestions of other sites that were closer to the lake shore, but we decided to stay with the site we had reserved since those sites would have been more difficult to back into. Consequently, we were away from the lakeshore and also away from the other campers, which was fine with us. It did mean the walk to the bathroom was a bit further than we like, especially since there was a small stream directly in the path forcing us to either go around by the road of go past the bathroom to a walking bridge. Backing into the site did have a different challenge then I had run into before. The site was up a slight slope which meant I could not see the back of the RV while I was backing up. I was able to see Kal back there, so we got into the site with no issues. I am getting better at parking the RV, which meant it took just one shot to get it in where we wanted it!! Of course, this does not mean it is a straight back-in as it is necessary to pull forward a couple of times in order to swing the truck so it is in front of the RV. It always puzzles me why you don’t have to do this when we are pulling out, which means there should be a way to back the RV into the site without having to pull forward? I always have to pull forward in order to straighten out the truck in front of the RV.
Once again there was not much to do in the area, which for once was a good thing. On Tuesday I woke up with a head cold consisting of a runny nose and sneezing. Thankfully, it only lasted a day and by then the weather had turned cold. You will probably recall this was the week in mid-March when the east coast from the Carolinas to Maine got significant snowfall culminating in a nor-easter for the northeastern states. William braced for up to 2 feet of snow in Maryland, although it turned out to be no more than 6 inches with sleet by the time it was all over. We were thankfully south of the sleet and ice line in southern Tennessee, although we did have the coldest temperatures we had seen all winter. The night time temperatures plummeted to the mid-20s. So we were just fine hunkering down in our RV for a couple of days until the temperatures warmed back up into the 60s. By the time we left the campgrounds on Monday, the day time temperatures were into the mid-80s, which is too warm for this time of year. Hopefully, this is the last we will see of winter for this year.
Thankfully, this was also the week of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which meant we had a lot of basketball to keep us occupied. The main part of the tournament started at 11:00 Thursday morning and lasted until nearly 11:00 at night. This repeated again on Friday and Saturday. Sunday was cut short due to CBS desire to show their normal Sunday evening programming. Although every game of the tournament was shown, we were limited by what CBS decided to show as we did not get TBS or TNT on our over the air antennae. Neither Auburn nor Texas A&M made the tournament this year, so the only team we really wanted to watch was our home town team, Wichita State University. Thankfully, CBS decided to show WSU so we did not have to find a sports bar in order to see them play. While this was nice, it was too bad that the only SEC team that CBS was going to show was Kentucky, with Arkansas, South Carolina, and Florida on other channels. In any case, we saw a lot of great basketball over this four day period, although there were not the upsets that I have love to watch. In fact, WSU was the only team to be moderately successful that I rooted for. Not surprising since I always root for the underdog, unless it is an SEC team (except for Kentucky, which I refuse to root for until the Final Four).