Friday, November 07, 2008

A River Runs Through It!

Elizabethtown, IL

Columbus, KY

Paducah, KY

We have now completed two days of field tripping!! While the river was not intended to be the focus of our trips, it can't help but be noticed. It has clothed itself with beautiful colored trees on either side and has formed gorgeous sand islands that beg to be daydreamed about.

OK, if you recall, Elizabethtown, IL was late October, but still recent enough to be included. All three of these pictures are in different cities where the marvelous OHIO RIVER runs through. All three are photographed at my most favorite time of year and all three have been destinations for my family. Couple that with our most favorite town of Evansville (ALSO on the OHIO) and our love of river towns is apparent. The river has so much history, so much industry. So week it is high, the next it is low. I love the way rivers join states to each other and promote tourism. I love that it is a thriving booming industry right now when so little else is.

We will be tripping to Cairo, IL very soon to watch the convergence of the Ohio into the MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI river. Cairo, the most depressing city in the world. It should be booming because of its location and history but instead it is practically a ghost town. Someday a historical society is going to seize that city and restore it to the historical boomtown it should be-and remind us that all history has value and should be noted even if it isn't all good.


Amy said...

I remember hearing about Cairo in the Huckleberry Finn movie. (I'm probably dating myself with that.)

We love river towns too.

I do not have your email, but I wanted to send you the link to a funny homeschool song. I sent it to Mia too. You may have already seen it, but even if you have, it will probably still be funny to you. I hope that you enjoy it.

God Bless,

Trailboss said...

That picture of the Paducah flood wall looks like it was taken from the Crow's Nest at Whaler's Catch.