On the way to Memphis and the Mississippi River
Aug 7, 2012
|August 7, 2012
Today was one of those travel days where we drove for under 300 miles yet visited four states. We started in Alabama, spent most of our time in Mississippi, briefly entered Tennessee and actually are staying in a campground in Arkansas in the city of West Memphis, AR.. Maybe we will top that at some other part of the trip.
Had good weather but we noticed that there is a difference in the dryness over here on the Mississippi River. The river, although still grand and huge, has a very large dry portion.
Figure 1 This is taken from the campground.
The river is so large and we are about 50 feet over the river. I estimate the dry portion of the river to be at least a football field in length.
Again, to show how dry this is, we took the below picture from the top of the river bank, about 50 feet up from the river. The folks tell that last year the level of the water got into the campground. Perhaps you can get an idea from this picture which shows the slope of the land going down to the river.
Figure 3 This picture does not accurately depict how far down the river is. But imagine the water being all the way up to the campground that you can see on the right and filling in all the brown on the other side of the river.
Anyhow, the campground is appropriately named Tom Sawyer. The drought seems to be affecting this area a great deal yet just 250 miles to the Southeast, everything was green and fresh. Interesting how a few miles can make such a difference.
Still are a long way from seeing different kinds of trees and fauna.