Gulf Revisited – 2011
May 10 – 19, 2011
- Updated June 9, 2011
Several photos of the interior of
our condo at
By LEWIS NOLAN
May 19, 2011 – Thursday – Drive
I arose in a guest bed at SuAnne Turnage’s home in Pearl about 7:30 a.m., roughly 30 minutes after Betty got up to see her friend off to work and thank her for such warm hospitality.
I was feeling a little rocky after a night that was pretty sleepless due to my overindulgence in high-carbohydrate Mexican food and beer. Betty wasn’t feeling all that well either due to having to get up and move to a firm couch in the wee hours to ease the discomfort of a painful lower back that is a result of the aging process aggravating a birth defect.
nice home seemed a little cool to us during the night, mainly due to
unseasonably cool weather in
duty” over a hot stove, Betty cooked me the last great breakfast of our late
Spring trip of nearly two weeks. We then re-packed her car and drove to a nearby
Shell station which honored her Kroger promotion of a 10-cent-per-gallon
discount on gas purchased at a Shell partner station. Most of the early morning
It is normally about a 3 ½ hour drive from Pearl to Memphis and it took about that long on this day because we stopped for a takeout lunch at a roadside McDonald’s near the exit to Greenville, Miss. Once at home and partially unloaded, we quickly switched to my Ford Taurus station wagon and drove across the Mississippi River (now three miles wide due to the historic flood) to pick up our pet greyhound, Fiona, from a boarding kennel at the dog track in West Memphis, Ark.
From the high bridge named in honor of Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto (which happened to be the subject of a special section of The Commercial Appeal newspaper I edited and published nearly 35 years ago to celebrate the opening), we had a magnificent view of the river now at its highest level in about 80 years. It was out of its west banks and covered a great many acres of land that normally grows cotton and soybeans. The fast-flowing water was about half-way or more up tall cottonwood trees, railroad trestles and embankments.
pleased that the horrendously expensive construction by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and others of mainline levees in