Yep! That’s Mississippi over there across that ditch they call the Father of Waters. We are in an RV park on the West bank of the river, looking East toward the bluffs of Natchez. We got away Milford Lake, Kansas around 8 AM on Sunday and traveled to just outside of Fort Smith, Arkansas. There is another egg gathering at a COE park in Barling, AR starting on Wednesday, so we decided to spend Sunday and Monday night there to visit with some friends which didn’t make Kansas. Had a good day Monday just sitting around loafing and having a good time with them. We departed there this morning around 7 AM and arrived here at 3 PM. The Queen was ready to ride.
The Mississippi River set a record high last year of near 63 feet on the gauge at Natchez. Today it sits at 10 feet. That’s 3 feet higher than it was before Isaac came through the area two weeks ago.
That sandbar you see is fifty feet below the level of the river in May of 2011. Barge traffic is reduced to one way in some sections of the river.
Those deteriorating sandbags in the foreground were placed there last year to keep the river from topping the levee. Quite a contrast looking down on that sandbar today.
Anyway, we are spending the night here after visiting with our daughter and son-in-law over dinner. A quick stop in Natchez tomorrow morning to pick up a new pair of glasses and we are headed home. Should be there by noon.
July 13th. to September 12th. A pretty good little road trip….jc