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To Live Forever Tour Stop: Ross Barnett Reservoir

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When Em and Merry flee a certain mode of transportation in the rain, they find themselves on the shores of the Ross Barnett Reservoir. 33,000 acres of water. A full eight miles of Natchez Trace along its banks.

I was lucky enough to walk its length in daylight. No rain. Majestic herons flew along its shoreline, while geese lounged on one bank. I asked several folks if they had any luck with fishing, and I marveled at power boats that disappeared on the horizon.

While Em and Merry skirt the lake in record time, it took me several hours to walk its length. I listened to their voices splash with the waves. And I breathed deep. I even paused to survey all that glorious water.

I wasn’t running from anyone. Maybe that’s why walking The Rez was one of my most peaceful days on the Natchez Trace.

Click here to see the best photos from Day 11 of my Natchez Trace trek: Andra Watkins Tumblr

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41 Comments Post a comment
  1. What a gorgeous photo to remind you of a peaceful day. Very cool.

    March 12, 2014
  2. Nothing like sunshine dancing on water (unless it’s that lovely sepia-toned bend in the road). Glad that, unlike Merry an Em, you were not in fleeing mode and could enjoy all of that beautiful expanse. Mile marker 148 – a most impressive feat you’re pulling off, m’dear. 🙂

    March 12, 2014
    • Tell my feet. They’re still screaming at me. Worst blister so far today. I thought I’d prepped well.

      March 12, 2014
  3. Peaceful walks complete with herons and geese are wonderful. I used to live a short walk from the Welland Canal, and there was a lovely creek that led to a pond, and I used to go walk there in the mornings to try to catch a glimpse of the Great Blue Herons that nested there.

    March 12, 2014
    • I saw a solitary heron in a swamp today. They’re supposed to be lucky.

      March 12, 2014
  4. I have me REZervations. Ha! Get it. Man I amuse myself. 😉

    Glad the weather is better for you.

    March 12, 2014
    • If you call 30 mile per hour wind gusts out of the north better………

      March 12, 2014
  5. Great photos, Andra! And as usual, a great question from a reader.

    March 12, 2014
    • I’m having a lot of fun answering the questions. It’s good for me. I can’t stand to do videos, so it’s making me do something I don’t enjoy and get better at it (I hope.)

      March 12, 2014
  6. I love the little videos! And that adorable accent! Yes, to Ohioans it is an accent. 😉

    March 12, 2014
  7. Mmm…almonds. Best heartburn cure on the planet. I’m guessing a lot of stories come and go through your head each day as you walk along the Trace.

    March 12, 2014
    • I wish I could come up with stories, Jim. I’m too busy making sure I don’t get hit by a big truck.

      March 12, 2014
  8. I love walking along the water. I’m glad you’ve had such lovely weather. Hoping you have a way to carry soup on the rainy days that surly must come somewhere in this month of walking.

    March 12, 2014
    • No way to carry soup. Alice brought me hot tea last week when it was freezing.

      March 12, 2014
  9. Looks so peaceful and warm there, Andra; the antidote to our six more inches of snow. Oh, I know I’m whining, when you are out there beating your feet up and eating bananas and almonds.

    Keep on trekking, dear soul.

    March 12, 2014
    • Six more? I bet my mother-in-law is glad she’s here this week.

      March 12, 2014
  10. Reservoir Overlook is one of our Top 30 Favorite Sites along the Natchez Trace Parkway. http://www.natcheztracetravel.com/types-of-trace-stops/natchez-trace-favorites.html

    March 12, 2014
    • Dad and I sat there after I finished my most difficult day to date. Getting through Jackson was exhausting with the traffic.

      March 12, 2014
  11. tarakianwarrior #

    I can feel the peace. Glad you keep keeping on Andra. Every single morning I look forward (always have) to reading your blog, and now…now I get to see you and hear your voice also. 🙂 Win/Win.

    March 12, 2014
    • Comments like this one keep me going, Lori. I’ve wanted to quit several times now. 🙂 Thank you. xo

      March 12, 2014
  12. tarakianwarrior #

    Hey Andra, do you pick up the trash that you see along the way? I’m sure you’d have a HUGE garbage full at the end of your fifteen mile trek…just curious.

    March 12, 2014
    • I’m going to answer this question here, because you asked me another question via twitter this morning.

      I’d still be in Natchez if I picked up trash. It’s everywhere. I only photograph it if it is touching the road. You’re not even seeing the trash that is down the embankments and further off the roadway. Makes me sad. I eat my lunch every day while I walk, and I pack out my trash and throw it in a trash can. Why can’t everyone do that?

      March 12, 2014
  13. Lovely stretch of water there! But no crocodiles, right? Have another peaceful lovely day!

    March 12, 2014
    • Alligators, most likely. I don’t think there are any crocs.

      March 12, 2014
  14. No fried chicken in your bag? No wonder you are starving! 🙂 Love the pics and the updates. You got this.

    March 12, 2014
    • I ate some fried chicken last night, though it wasn’t the heavenly version I had last week.

      March 12, 2014
  15. Reblogged this on The Quotidian Hudson and commented:
    The continuing adventures of The Accidental Cootchie Mama

    March 12, 2014
  16. This post made me want to pee. But then again, I was listening to this song and already had about two pints of water, so that probably didn’t help maters much:

    March 12, 2014
    • Ha. I wondered why I had the urge to go so many times that day.

      March 12, 2014
  17. What a lovely day for you! I imagine today’s walk was a little bit easier than yesterday’s.

    March 12, 2014
    • Today’s was windy, but the clouds parted for me early.

      March 12, 2014
  18. We’re keeping an eye on you, Andra! What an adventure:)

    March 12, 2014
  19. Redneck Garage #

    Andra,

    Checking your position on Google maps, I’m a couple of days ahead of you in your book, which I am throughly enjoying. I love how you have structured the chapters and the different perspectives of each of the characters. The story has really drawn me in and has helped me to escape all the crud I’m dealing with in real life. Now I will be waiting for your next book!

    Patrick

    March 12, 2014
  20. Sounds like a really idyllic place.

    March 13, 2014
  21. Fantastic pictures Andra. And mile 148!! You are smokin’ it, speed demon!

    March 13, 2014
  22. Hey, your lunch looks like my lunch!

    🙂

    March 13, 2014
  23. it sounds like it was a very nice day by the water. and happy you didn’t have to run. sorry my responses are all over the place and out of the water, i’ve been trying to catch up since i’ve been back. walk safe.

    March 14, 2014

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