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25 January 2008 @ 10:16 am
sense of time and space in big sky country  
It's going to be another crummy day later but it's OK now and will be nice tomorrow through Monday when I start back for Ohio.

Yesterday was gorgeous and I went down to the Point Breeze area and explored and was amazed again at the vastness of the landscape and the incredible beauty of the marshes full of birds from the levee-top roads.

I took some pictures but I just looked at them and they just don't convey the sense you get in person.

This is a sense of changed perception of time and space.

For example, I parked atop the levee and hiked down it to Bayou Cocodrie. It looked like it was only a quarter mile away but since there was nothing around except sky and the ground and the ribbon of water ahead, I lost my sense of time and space. I looked at my watch when I reached the bayou and realized I had been walking three times as far as I thought! My car looked like a little speck on the top of the levee in the distance.

When we got back to the campground here James went over to watch the barges while I walked down to take a picture of the grain elevator. Then, I decided to walk north to get on the Vidalia Riverwalk and I explored the whole length of it. At the north end, I got a beer at Slough Daddy's River Grill. Then I had supper at the little bar and restaurant at the Comfort Inn on the riverwalk. I ordered a "James Burger". I asked the waitress if it was named after a cat. She said, "Yes, he's the cook!"

This morning I'm charging up my computer, reading the Natchez Democrat, and chatting with some of the locals here at the campground lobby/lounge.

I think I'll spend today just walking south along the Mississippi River from my tent so I get a good sense of what the river edge is like up close down there in the big sky country. Once I go south of the big grain elevator just below the tent, I'll be into that landscape, extending for almost 100 miles, with no buildings or humans! Maybe I'll find some big sand bars or beaches where the air photos show them.