The Mighty Mississippi

Summer brought a second adventurous road trip from Arizona to Southern Ontario. We covered nine states from New Mexico and Texas, through Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Missouri, to Kentucky and Ohio. A favorite stop was Tunica River Park in northwest Mississippi where the porch of the glass and steel Mississippi River Museum was lined with wooden rocking chairs. We had a picnic lunch there while barges and river boats plied the mighty Mississippi. Here are a few quotes from the museum.

“I do not know much about gods; but I think that the river is a strong brown god — sullen, untamed and intractable.”                      T. S. Eliot

“The river told its mind to me without reserve, delivering its most cherished secrets as clearly as if it uttered them with a voice.”         Mark Twain

“The river was doing what it liked to do, just as a mule will work for you for ten years for the privilege of kicking you once.”                      William Faulkner

“The river is perfect. Man is not perfect. If we make a mistake against the river, the river will find it, and exploit it.”                                     John Barry

One Response to “The Mighty Mississippi”
  1. D. R. Newton Ebertt says:

    I have played semi-professional cribbage along the banks of the Mississippi from St. Louis to New Orleans for many years.But in Tunica River Park I was so mesmerized by this great river and my lunch that I lost to my accomplished opponent by a large margin which isn’t in itself unusual as she found my weakness’ instantly. Nice Park! Shrewd player.


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