Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Thousand Mile Stroll Down the Mississippi

Today The Wanderers were joined by two travelers, Dora (second from left), my (Chuck) cousin from Illinois, and Rebeccca (third from left), Dora's daughter from Kentucky. We started the day with an encounter with Elvis. Some were more interested in this brief "visit" than others; one member of the group touched Elvis and set off an alarm. Elvis is truly wired.

We then traveled to nearby Mud Island, which is in the Mississippi River, just a short bridge ride from Memphis. Dora took a picture of us with the "M" Bridge (because of its similarity to the letter "m"), which carries I-40 between Memphis and West Memphis (AR), in the background.

Along with the Mississippi River Museum, restaurants, and shops is one of the most unique representations of the Mississippi River. The River Walk is a 5-block long replica of the lower Mississippi river, from Cairo, IL, to New Orleans, LA. Each 30" stride is equivalent to one mile on the actual river. Shown here is the view of Memphis and West Memphis and the bridges connecting them.

Water flows through this model which shows the number of curves and bends that occur along the lower half of the Mississippi. The depth of the River along this route is shown in detail.

The "1,000 mile" journey concludes at the Gulf of Mexico, a one-acre enclosure that holds 1.3 million gallons of water. There, visitors can enjoy a leisurely pedal boat ride around the Gulf area.

Students from an area school enjoyed this part of the Mud Island attractions.

With the Memphis skyline in the background, this fountain provided a beautiful complement to the Riverwalk display.

A mini rainbow provided a nice touch to the final part of the River's journey.

The travelers took a moment to relax at our RV before venturing out for dinner.

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