Tugboats and Barges

Tugboat backing barge around a bend

The barge we saw yesterday was heavily loaded and moved fairly slowly.  The one we saw this evening was empty and zipped by at a surprising speed.

Tug at dusk

It’s so fascinating to me to watch the tugs push instead of pull the barges.  And watching them back the barges around a right angle bend is a gripping demonstration of navigational skill.

I’m not feeling up to par, so mostly I hung around the campsite and took it easy today.  While I was sitting outside this morning, I noticed a leaf high in a tree, wildly swinging back and forth, even though there was no breeze.

Mystery leaf resident’s home

I watched it for a while and realized that it must contain a caterpillar trying to work out of a cocoon.  But when it continued on and off all day, I guessed that either the caterpillar couldn’t free itself and maybe his leaf shelter could become his tomb.  Or maybe it is something else altogether.  If it was a caterpillar trying to break free, then he made a mistake in not anchoring his shelter.  Because most of the energy from activity inside the leaf was wasted swinging the leaf.

All that goes to show you that I wasted much of my day pondering the plight of the mystery leaf dweller.  A mind is a terrible thing to waste.  😀

Sheba continues to amaze me with her acceptance of all day confinement in her pen or on a tie-out cable to accommodate campground rules. She will be so glad to get home tomorrow where she can run free!

Almost Back in Civilization

Enjoying the water at Flint Creek

The lack of internet at Flint Creek turned out to be a great thing.  We didn’t have to hear bad news, and it felt like we were given the gift of a week out of time… almost like another dimension.

Our Casita and Gail’s van at Flint Creek

We had made our reservations two months ago.  But right before we left I checked the weather and it was grim.  Days in the mid nineties with heat indexes ranging from 101 to 109 with thunderstorms every day.

But we prayed for good weather and headed out to meet Gail and Mike anyway.  And the weather amazed us.

We had two picnic tables at Flint Creek

Our site was in dappled or deep shade all day.  Almost always there was enough breeze to keep us from stifling.  The thunderstorms never materialized.  We’d hear distant thunder and see the storm clouds approaching, but they would go around us.  The only rain we had was the first day we arrived, and it was light and didn’t last long.  The only exception was a freak wind that threatened to destroy our awning one evening.  We managed to get the awning in and get Gail’s canopy bungied to a fence, and in a few minutes it had passed.

At Jennings Ferry COE

And the water!  It was the first time we had frolicked in a sand bottom lake in many years.  We felt like kids again.

Most importantly, Gail and I had time to spend together.  It was precious to both of us.

The people from the surrounding areas were another gift out of time.  I hadn’t seen that level of courtesy and good manners in decades.  The kids were remarkably well behaved.  All week the only sounds from them were the delightful sounds of happy children playing.  No

We’re still absolutely crazy about our little Casita!

screaming.  No rudeness.  No tantrums. Please.  Thank you.  Smiles.   Ron was out walking one day and said hello to a young teenage boy.  The boy actually tipped his cap to Ron… a sign of respect for elders that I didn’t think existed anywhere anymore.   And in town, friendly waves and smiles instead of rude gestures when, due to being unfamiliar with the area, we made a couple of traffic mistakes.

We fell in love with southern Mississippi.  Seriously in love!  🙂

Oh, there was the one requisite group of belligerent drunks that showed up at the swimming beach Friday.  We felt threatened and left.  But within a few minutes a ranger showed up and escorted them out of the park.

Guess Who 🙂

We left this morning with memories that will warm us for a long time.

We drove for about 4 hours and were getting tired.  When we saw a sign for the Jennings Ferry COE campground near Eutaw, AL, we decided to stop for a couple of days.  The park is super clean with spacious, private, level sites and great views on the waterfront side.  We were surprised to see (and hear) a tug pushing a huge barge past our sites earlier this evening.  It will be fun to watch them from the shore tomorrow.

And our senior rate for this campground…. a whopping $18 for two days!



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