52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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30. One Step at a Time (Week 31)

“Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton, Old times there are not forgotten. Look away, look away, look away Dixie Land!”   ~ Dixie lyrics ~

Since we were not meeting up with Motormaids for our motorcycle adventure until lunch on Friday of the Memorial Day weekend, we decided to cross the Natchez-Vidalia bridge into Louisiana and visit a plantation.  For those arriving early for “Maids on the Trace”, a well-prepared list was provided for sights in the area, as well as along the Trace.  Frogmore Plantation and Gin was highly recommended, so we added it to our itinerary.

Frogmore Plantation and Gin is a working cotton plantation.  We were greeted by the owner’s wife, Lynette Tanner, in costume from the period.  She took us on a tour of the property and explained the whole cotton process.  This building pictured is the one that housed the cotton gin.  And did you know that gin is short for engine?  We went upstairs in this building and learned the process of cotton, one step at a time, from picking the cotton, sending it through the historical steam engine to remove the seeds, to baling it for transport.

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Aside from the buildings used for the cotton process, there were also preserved buildings from the area that the slaves had used – housing, laundry building, overseers house, to name a few.  Mrs. Tanner had done a tremendous amount of research and had written a book based on  interviews with slaves. Her interpretation of the life of the enslaved people was very informative;  Mrs. Tanner shared quite a bit about southern planters, overseers duties, slave labor, and how the Civil War impacted plantation life.

We did not see the modern part of the working plantation in this visit.  That would be another tour, another time.  If you’re in the area, allow two hours and take a step back into some history of the old south. There is more to learn here than you’d imagine.


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A4. Night Shot (Week 30)

“Advice From A River” – by IIan Shamir

 
Go with the flow. Be thoughtful of those downstream. Slow down and meander. Follow the path of least resistance for rapid success.
Immerse yourself in nature, trickling streams, roaring waterfalls, sparkles of light dancing on water. Delight in life’s adventures around every bend. Let difficulties stream away.
 
Live simply and gratefully in your own true nature, moving, flowing, allowing, serene and on course.
It takes time to carve the beauty of the canyon-Rough waters become smooth
Go around obstacles
Stay current
 
The beauty is in the journey!

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This is a night shot of the Natchez-Vidalia Bridge taken from our hotel on the Mississippi side of the Mississippi River.  This twin bridge carries nearly 30,000 vehicles traveling on  US Routes 65, 84, and 425 across the Mississippi River from Vidalia, Louisiana, to Natchez, Mississippi, every day.  The twin bridges appear similar, but were built nearly 50 years apart.  The original span was built in 1940 and has two 8-foot lanes with no shoulders.  Over time the bridge became overwhelmed with traffic, so a parallel bridge was built just downstream of the original bridge to separate westbound and eastbound traffic.  Completed in 1988, the  eastbound bridge has two 11-foot lanes with shoulders.  This is actually the tallest bridge in Mississippi.

The City of Vidalia and the State of Mississippi collaborated to add lighting to the twin spans in hopes that it would become an area scenic attraction.  The Mississippi DOT agreed to pay for the $3-million project, providing that the city supplied the electrical power for the lights.  This project was completed in 2010.

You’ve seen on previous blogs that I am a member of the Motormaids.  This is a women’s motorcycling organization, established in 1940 with  over 1200 members across the United States and Canada.  As a Motormaid, you have an opportunity to ride, travel, and get to know great people all across North America.  Whenever I have gone to an event in Florida, I found it is not unusual to find women from many other states in attendance.  With this in mind, I pulled out my Motormaid calendar.  The idea was to find something that fell between May and October that was reachable in a 7 to 10 day vacation plan.  The Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi Motormaid District had just the thing May 22-25.  The event was called “Maids on the Trace.”  This was to be a “4 day adventure from Natchez to Nashville…444 miles along the famous Natchez Trace Parkway with many stops in between.”  So my husband, being the planner, began the e-mails and phone calls to secure reservations and map out routes so that we would arrive in Natchez in time to join in this adventure.  And this is how I found myself at this spot, our first night in Natchez,  to take this picture.

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