To Live Forever Tour Stop: Ross Barnett Reservoir

The continuing adventures of The Accidental Cootchie Mama

The Accidental Cootchie Mama

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.

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3-6-14 Spring Forward

Since we spring forward this weekend, I thought I would take one more look at winter. I’m sure this has happened other times during the winter but I never saw it before. Two days ago I was walking through Bryant Park and passed by the fountain. It was a cold day.


A really cold day.


My friend Andra who is walking The Natchez Trace is having not great weather but at least she doesn’t have to deal with 18 degree weather. On her blog this morning, she was kind enough to answer i question I sent her. Check out her blog and check out her book!


3-1-14 A Public Service

It seems like weeks since we have had snow in the northeast.  The weather folks are predicting that somewhere between 1 inch and 12 inches will fall from Sunday into Monday (way to cover yourselves, guys…)

Since you may have forgotten what a snow storm looks like I thought I might remind you.

Public Service-1

Since I know that no one can read everything in a day I thought I would remind you that Andra Watkin’s novel


was released today

You can read more about it at Andra’s place (Andra Watkins)

2-28-14 Travel Challenge Weekly Photo Theme

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

Leonardo Da Vinci

“Ancient Rome declined because it had a Senate, now what’s going to happen to us with both a House and a Senate?”
Will Rogers

Ailsa and The Weekly Photo Challenge folk sometimes run along very parallel tracks.  This week Ailsa picked the theme of ‘ancient’ and the Weekly Photo Challenge is ‘abandoned’. Kinda the way I’m feeling tonight… 


The first choice fits ancient a bit more than abandoned but both fit.  This is the old Roman Cistern in Istanbul.

Roman Cistern-1Of this next photograph, nothing exists any more except the mindsets of the glorious leaders who produce it. The Berlin WallBerlin Wall

Before I close with other folk’s variations on these themes a  SHOUTOUT to my friend, Andra Watkins, The Accidental Cootchie Mama, who begins her 444 mile walk of The Natchez Trace (which is also ancient if not abandoned) tomorrow morning in support of her new book 

To-Live-ForeverI may be breaking the embargo on publicizing this by four or so hours but I don’t care. It is a hell of a book which you should read immediately and a hell of an adventure she is about to embark upon.    

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