Day 77/Sept 21 (1/2) Natchez, Mississippi 🚣🏻♂️
I wanted to dodge any afternoon rain and get to Natchez early in the day so I was ready to go at dawn. Instead of a kerosene lantern, I used my LuminAIDsolar lantern which works great. The sunrise was a beauty and the day turned out to be mostly sunny.
I was making good time but got trapped behind a Luhr Brothers tow boat pushing a bunch of barges blocking the Natchez boat landing. I was worried the current was going to carry me past and I wasn’t going to be able to paddle upstream if that happened but I somehow held steady until it moved and I could cross the river.
Members of the Natchez Rotary Club were waiting for me at the ramp and took care of my canoe. I was ready for a hot shower and a bed after these past few days camping on sandbars and islands and it was great to have the afternoon to see some of this gorgeous city!
Day 77 🚣🏻♂️🚣🏻♂️🚣🏻♂️ It’s not easy, but it’s #awesome! I’ve been out here for two and a half months. Still wake up excited to paddle. I used my LuminAID#solar lantern this morning at dawn to get an early start. #mississippi#mississippiriver #novacraftcanoe #luminaid #shelterboxusa #disasterrelief#serviceaboveself #betheinspiration #rotary
Day 77/Sept 21 (2/2) Natchez, Mississippi 🚣🏻♂️
After arriving this afternoon, I was taken on a tour of Natchez by my Rotary hosts. This city is full of one gorgeous antebellum house after another. If you lived here, would you just get bored by so many beautiful places?
The Catholic Cathedral looks like it belongs in Europe. It was built in the early 1800s before the war.
Story I was told was that after the siege of Vicksburg during the Civil War, Natchez just told the Union to come on in but don’t mess up anything. Vicksburg was destroyed and little Natchez knew they didn’t want the same fate. I don’t have time to fact check that one but it is a fabulous city full of history.
I saw an octagon house that was abandoned mid-construction during the war because the workers all left to fight and the family lived in the basement because it was the only part that was finished.
Today I think I saw 100 gorgeous houses like that and there must be 100 more. It was great to get a good meal and be dry tonight.
ShelterBox has had a designated fund for Syria since 2012, and we’ve helped 45,000 families who have lost their homes in the fighting there. But it’s still ongoing and there are millions of people affected.
A civil war is a terrible situation for any country, but you see how even generations later after our own civil war families and communities are affected. If you are a civilian caught in a conflict, all you want is a safe, dry place to keep your family together, whether that’s the basement of your mansion or a tent in a field.