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Everglades National Park, FL

Everglades National Park, FL
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

“FATHER OF WATERS” OR “GREAT RIVER”…

  As we left our campground Wednesday morning, I had McGuyver slow down so I could take a photo of this very cool vintage motorhome that parked just down from us….

 

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…This is a Crown Commander motorhome…vintage about 1973.  It was in pretty good shape with the exception of the front bumper…I love old stuff!!! So does Dennis..hence our marriage is working out pretty fine!

  We only had about 100 miles to drive to Greenville, MS.  The weather was in the 70’s…We arrived at Warfield Point Park about 11:30AM, which gave McGuyver lots of time to put up our HD TV dish AND our Hughesnet.  I must say that he is getting quite good at this , and now uses very few expletives during the process.

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We are camped directly on the Mississippi River and the barges go right by us.  McGuyver is in 7th heaven…He loves anything that involves the terms, locks, dams, barges and tugboats…I will have a hard time dragging him inside at night.

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That would be McGuyver in the distance watching a barge come through….The Mississippi was named by the Algonquin Indians, and it means “Father of Waters”, or “Great River”….Can  you just imagine how vast this river seemed to the Native Americans who first saw it??…  I would love to stick my toe in it to “channel” some history, but there are big signs warning of the undertow….so I won’t be channeling anything from the river…

 

We took our walk around the park and discovered an old paddle wheeler parked behind a chain link fence.  (Am I NOT going to be able to touch ANYTHING  for my psychic history??)

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…Above is the MV Fayettville, built in 1924 in Charleston, SC….

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…That would be the old paddlewheel on the right.  They do have plans to restore this great ship.  I’m sure money will be an issue, though..…Dennis calls this a “sternwheeler”….I have no idea if there is a difference…I wish I could consult Mickey Mouse…Didn’t he pilot one once,  in a cartoon?? NOW I AM REALLY DATING MYSELF!!

On our walkabout, we also found a great observation tower to help get our cardio work-out for the day….(Nellie would be proud!)  Once at the top (breathe in, breathe out)…the view of this great old river was..dare I say it???…AWESOME!!! (a nod to Margie, who would definitely approve)…

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This river flooded and crested at 65.4’ in 1927, and they marked it on the tower…YIKES…

On the right, my driver, fixer, and sometime the fodder for my blog…but always my co-conspirator in crime, Dennis, AKA McGuyver….(Lookin’ pretty spiffy, if I do say)…Great River..Great Guy…

We are going into Greenville to do a little sightseeing this weekend.  I am hoping to actually get my hands on something historical, and I feel this could be a promising trip to town..I KNOW I will get my hands on some Church’s chicken to bring back for dinner!!!

 

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SUNSET ON THE “FATHER OF WATERS”

I JUST LOVE OUR COUNTRY!!!

THANKS TO ALL THE VETERANS WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE TO BE HERE!

9 comments:

  1. Cheers to you and your time on the Mississippi!!!..great post!..love the shot of the river from the tower..and you are right, Margie would have been proud of you for climbing to the top!!

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  2. What a great spot to camp, right on the Mississippi!! I'm with Dennis, I'd be right down by the river watching everything go by.

    Go ahead and stick a toe in the mighty Mississippi! Just hang on to a pole or something as we wouldn't want that 'undertow' to get one of your real toes!!

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  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing!

    and Yes I love vintage too!!! :)

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  4. I often marvel at these classic RVs. I wonder how many of the current complicated models are going to last that long.

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  5. Awesome post, will have to put that park in our places to go.

    Stay Safe

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  6. The Mighty Mississippi is the waterway for many large vessels. You should be able to see some interesting ships while your there.

    BTW, your pic at the top of Canyon Lake is incredible. Rod and I stayed at Potter's Creek last Thanksgiving and the amount of deer was crazy. Beautiful shot. :)

    Take care,
    Connie

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  7. So many places to go, so little time. We appreciate your visits to these places, so we can at least see them vicariously until we get back out there. We need to take Highway 66, the Mother Road, all the way to the Father of Waters.

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  8. I'd like to have me some of that historical Church's chicken. Now that would be hysterically historical. Nice site along the Mississippi & I would enjoy seeing the big boats & barges going by as well. Haven't seen any boats out here New Mexico yet.

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  9. Hey Dennis and Donna,
    Wanted to get back to you on the Dam Neck campground. You have to be in the service, or retired in order to use the military campgrounds. Or you can be sponsored as a guest by someone who is military or retired.

    Hope that helps.

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