"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime"-MARK TWAIN

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Wandering Mind


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‘Not much of interest to anyone” would pretty much define our lives the past week or so.  A foursome, which included my brother and I, went to Guntersville, Alabama last week for some Crappie fishing.  A good trip, but no one informed the fish that we had traveled three hundred miles, and were expecting them to cooperate. Four guys, two boats, three days, fifty fish! For those that may not know, that’s not good.

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One highlight of the past weekend was receiving a phone call from friends traveling the Natchez Trace.  They had departed home in San Antonio the week before, and had visited Memphis and Nashville.  They were traveling the Trace on their way to New Orleans.  Knowing that they were going to pass near us, they called and asked for campground suggestions.  We recommended a state park nearby, which allowed us to visit with them, as well as share dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.

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Our dinner conversation put the wheels to turning.  Where’s the egg heading next?  For the first time in seven years there’s not at least one date and destination written on the calendar.  Heaven forbid!

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Friends have told us we leave Mississippi at the wrong time of year.  I’ve always been pulling out the first of May and returning in July.  Leaving in September and returning in November.  This year is going to be different, maybe.

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We’re going to hang around and enjoy Spring.  Do a little more fishing and loafing.  Maybe head out for Colorado the first of July. Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana also sound good.  Possibly, even Wyoming.  Return home the first of October.  Something to ponder.  We’ll see how it goes….jc


  1. Sounds like a great plan to me! Wish we could join you. Maybe our house will sell immediately....but not likely...still much to do.
    Enjoy spring.....loving some warm temps today.

  2. Crappie...oh my goodness. Only had once and so remember that sweetness. Great destinations on the tentative calendar...sounds ideal!!!

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  4. 50 Crappie sounds like a lot to me. I wonder how you 'southerners' pronounce its name?

    I sure hope you might put Harris Beach State Park on your radar for your summer travels in Oregon. I'll be there until the middle of August working for Oregon Islands NWR. Let me show you the nesting bird and sea mammals! :)

    1. Crop-ee!! Also called white perch, specks, and sacalait. Depends on the part of the South you're from. Visited Harris Beach back in 2011. Would love to have you for a guide..

  5. The nice thing about nothing on your calendar means that you are free to go anywhere at any time! And if I caught 50 crappies in a week, I would think I had hit a lottery. ;)

  6. Good plan! I've got the same one. Leaving about July for Colorado. See you on the road?

  7. The way I'm looking at the situation...Four guys, two boats, three days, and NO fish still beats just about everything else around!.. :) Sounds like you got some great "potential" adventures ahead of you..take care...Horst sends

  8. That elastic plan sounds mighty fine.


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