River Museum

That would be a very big tractor!
We have to be careful not to go north too fast.  We figure if we go north 30 miles every day we might be home by April 1.   Where we are now is nice, so we may stay here a few days.  There is not a lot to do other than the casinos so my blogs might be brief or I may skip a day or two if there’s nothing to blog about.
One of the casinos here has Paula Dean’s Buffet, so we thought we should check that out for lunch.  We expected great things because of her reputation.  The decor was very nice, as was expected, but the food wasn’t really any better than any other casino buffet we have had.  There were some southern style items there that were interesting such as seafood gumbo, fried green tomatoes, hush puppies, catfish, grits and hoe cakes.

Can you see all the jet trails?

Then we went to visit a very well done Mississippi River Museum that is here on the shore of the river (of course).  They have an observation deck on the third floor that was nice for taking pictures.  They do also offer a riverboat tour, however that won’t be until Saturday.  This time of year they just don’t have enough people to run it every day.  They have air boat tours too, but they won’t begin until May. There is also a self guided nature trail but that was closed because of being under water.  The river is beginning to rise and there are flood advisories around.  This was a record breaking year for snowfall up north, and the spring flooding is going to be nasty this year.

Watching a barge go upstream

The Miss. River is a major source of transportation for barge traffic.  We must have seen a hundred barges since we left the Gulf of Mexico area.  While we were at the museum we did see one barge make its way slowly up stream.

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