Marilyn Foster: The Spiritual Force of the Mississippi River Awaits Exploration
Enjoy the river made famous by Mark Twain on your American Queen cruise along the lower Mississippi next April.
We’ve heard of the mighty Mississippi all of our lives through songs and books and some of us remember one of our first spelling tests when we learned how to spell Mississippi by making it sound like a song or song.
The Mighty Mississippi crosses 10 states from Minnesota to Louisiana. This great river is one of the major river systems in the world and the second longest (the Missouri River is number 1 at 2,341 miles) in our country covering 2,340 miles and is the third largest watershed in the world with the deepest point at 200 feet just outside of New Orleans.
Mark Twain probably introduced most of us to the river through many of his early writings, including “Life on the Mississippi,” writing about his adventures as a steamboat pilot in the late 1890s. most know, Samuel Langhorne Clemens took his most famous name from his days on the river. In school, many of us read Huckleberry Finn and in that book he described the Mississippi River as a “vital spiritual force” and its cities as “pleasant, clean, well built, and pleasing to the eye, and encouraging the spirit. The Mississippi Valley is as restful as a dream land, nothing mundane about it… nothing to worry about or worry about.
On March 27, 2022, you’ll be able to travel along the Lower Mississippi River as we cruise through three states with the Chamber’s Travel Club as we learn and see first-hand why this river is so rich in history as we love to cruise the American Queen riverboat with 417 passengers in antebellum style. , the largest steamboat ever built.
We start our Mayflower Cruise trip in Memphis, ending in New Orleans. Our first night in Memphis will allow us to lick our fingers after enjoying a famous barbecue meal that this city is famous for. Then on to Graceland – what’s a trip to Memphis without seeing the “king’s” house before boarding the American Queen for a historic 7-night tour?
Along the way, we’ll enjoy ‘up and down’ experiences in the Mississippi Delta with a stop in Clarksdale, birthplace of the ‘birth of the blues’ with a stop at Morgan Freeman’s Ground Zero Blues club. In Vicksburg we will visit Vicksburg Military Park where the decisive battle for the Union Army took place. In Natchez, we’ll visit three pre-war homes and visit the Frogmore Plantation to explore the cotton fields and learn about cotton gin.
Next, head to the quaint town of Francisville, Louisiana, where we will visit a Victorian Button Museum and Grace Episcopal Church, the second oldest Episcopal Church in Louisiana despite Civil War canons. Next, head to Baton Rouge, the state capital, where you’ll take a hydrofoil through the swamp to see alligators in their natural habitat. Next, stop at the port of Nottoway to visit the sugarcane estate of the same name, the largest pre-war plantation house in the south.
You disembark in New Orleans where you spend the night and visit the famous sites of this unique city, then learn to cook Cajun at the New Orleans School of Cooking where you have your farewell dinner.
Put your worries aside and join us to see why Mark Twain was so enamored with Mississippi’s “life-giving spiritual force” on a leisurely trip to our past. Included is a 7-night cruise aboard the American Queen, 24 meals, all tours, the Reno plane with transfers, and free in-room parking.
For more information, see the itinerary on the travel club page at www.carsoncitychamber.com or call 882-1565. This trip is sure to sell out quickly.
At 92, Marilyn is still traveling and her next trip is to New York in mid-December to take advantage of the holiday season.