52 week's of Marie's Life

52 weeks captured through photos


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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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A3. I Saw it on Vacation (Week 52)

 

 

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“The best things in life are the people we love, the places we’ve been and the memories we’ve made along the way.”

 

 

I’m going to finish the 2013-2014 52 Week Photo Challenge with a photo of us embarking on our summer vacation today.  The photo challenge has been an adventure in itself.  As I look back on all of the posts, I see that it is a chronicle of the past year.  All of us participating have shared a bit of ourselves with each other.  Thank you for what you’ve shared;  the stories with the photos have been educating, amusing, and food for thought.

This is the dining car on our Auto Train. The Auto Train is an 855 mile long scheduled train service for passengers and automobiles operating between Sanford FL and Lorton VA. We put our motorcycles on it for the first leg of our vacation. This service is the only one of its kind in the U.S.