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Mississippi River Project: Day 3

Day 3: June 11

Today we started near Walls, MS, which is between Memphis, TN and Tunica, MS.  We got a little late start as we stayed overnight night in Memphis and had to drive south to Walls to get on the boat.  However, it is much faster to drive over land than to take a runner boat to the Strong.  By car it takes ~3 to 3.5 hours to go from Memphis to Jackson, MS.  We are drifting down the river from Memphis to just north of Jackson and it’ll take us approximately 20 days.

The survey went without a hiccup today.  That’s always nice.  On the way back inland on the runner boat we almost hit a deer.  We’re in a boat, not a car.  So yes, there was a doe swimming across the MS River.  Oddest and most ironic thing I’ve seen.  We watched it for as long as we could as we continued to speed away until we could not make out its head among the waves anymore. 

Either it made it to one of the two banks or was swallowed up whole by one of those enormous MS River catfish.  That’s how they get so big!


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