One of the items on my husband’s wish list has been to see the place where a local river, the Obion,
empties out into the Mississippi River. He googled the spot, put a nearby street into the GPS, and with absolutely nothing to do on this particular afternoon, off we went on an adventure.
After a little over an hour’s drive, many fields of soybeans, corn and cotton,
and eliminating several blocked off access roads,
we finally came to the dead-end of a washed-out road which seemed to be the most hopeful place to view the two rivers.
We parked the car under a large shade tree
and off we headed down a secluded dirt path through a canopy of tall trees and undergrowth
to see if it did indeed lead to a place where the two rivers could be viewed.
Mission accomplished! A perfect overlook from which to see the mouth of the Obion and the place where its waters flow into the Mississippi.
Note: The Mississippi lies just beyond the floating dock.
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
~Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney
21 thoughts on “Converging with the Mississippi”
Excellent adventure. It looks like you parked under a cottonwood.
Thanks for identifying the tree. I wasn’t familiar with it, but was very impressed by its size, the fissured bark and the rustling sound the leaves made when the wind blew. Glad to know what it is.
We have a lot of cottonwoods, and although we are in the southwest, they are eastern cottonwoods, so they look like the cottonwood in your photo.
They’re beautiful trees and good for shade in the hot of summer!
They are like swamp coolers out here.
What a cool adventure!
Thanks! It’s always fun to go exploring.
We live near the convergence of two rivers – the Mississippi and the Rum River. Our house is in a little Minnesota town named Anoka. There is a peninsula where the two rivers converge which has been turned into a park and Paul often takes his group of outdoor painters there to create art. There’s something about water that stirs the creative juices.
The peninsula sounds like an interesting and beautiful place to visit! Another thing on his list is to see the place where the Mississippi River begins. Hopefully we’ll get to do that some day.
Stop in on the way.
That is a great adventure!
It’s always fun to check things off your wish list and to do things that you haven’t done before.
You sure had a pretty day for exploring. That blue sky and the clouds and the clouds reflecting on the water – just gorgeous and picture perfect.
Yes, the clouds were beautiful that day! 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
would that road be “Hales Point Grainery Rd”? I had a look. The Obion looks like it has more sediment.
Sounds like a great adventure Rebecca!
Hales Point Grainery Rd. was washed out and all accesses were gated off further down Hwy. 88, so we went down James C. Moore Rd. until it came to a dead end and walked the rest of the way, which wasn’t too far. There’s not really much to see out in this area except farm fields and the river. The Obion is a muddy looking river, perhaps because of all the farm land that its tributaries run through and the fact that the land is sometimes flooded by the rivers.
you must of worn rubber boots in that kind of environment I suspect. I wear them year round! I have a new pair coming in a week or so! Tall ones,18 inches high!
Luckily, things have dried out here some. It wasn’t too muddy that day. During the rainy season, we definitely might have needed boots.
I never leave home without them!