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FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 12

Posted on 08/07/2007 7:33:14 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog

The FreeRepublic Saddle Club - (very out of date) Who's Who *pics*

This is a horse chat thread where we share ideas, ask for input from other horsemen, and talk about our riding and horse-keeping. We have a lot of different kinds of riders and horses, and a lot to share, usually about our horses, sometimes about our dogs, gardens and other stuff we do. :~)

I have a ping list for horse threads that are of interest, and MissTargets will ping everyone most mornings. Let MissTargets and/or me know if you would like to be on the ping list.

So... like the previous threads, this is intended as fun place to come and share stories, pictures, questions and chit-chat, unguided and unmoderated and that we come together here as friends.

Previous threads:

The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - thread ONE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - Thread TWO!
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread - Thread THREE!
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FOUR
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread FIVE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread SIX
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread SEVEN
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread EIGHT
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread NINE
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread TEN
The FreeRepublic Saddle Club thread! - Thread 11

New folk and occasional posters, jump right in and introduce yourselves, tell us about your horses, and post pictures if you've got them!


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Welcome to the new thread! Here's a couple selected pictures from the last thread :~)

Picture of MissTargets and her Arab Jody on a recent trail ride. :~)

Beaker riding the BIG horse Levi!


1 posted on 08/07/2007 7:33:17 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: ecurbh; CindyDawg; PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain; Duchess47; FrogInABlender; MissTargets; ...

New thread over here ping!


2 posted on 08/07/2007 8:00:00 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog; Beaker
Beaker riding the BIG horse Levi!

WOW! Levi really is a big horse!!! What is he 17 hands?

3 posted on 08/07/2007 8:05:47 AM PDT by BladeRider
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To: BladeRider; HairOfTheDog

He’s 17.2. I have to use a step stool to groom him and get a saddle on him. He needs a 52” hunter/jumper girth, the moose, and could easily go with a 54”.


4 posted on 08/07/2007 8:34:36 AM PDT by Beaker (Don't Panic)
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To: Beaker; HairOfTheDog; All
Good morning everyone :)

Is it possible fall is coming already? It's cool here today also and two of my pumpkins are orange, half the onions needed to be harvested and I got a ripe watermelon yesterday. Seems pretty early to me.

Hope you all have a great day.

5 posted on 08/07/2007 8:45:09 AM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: Duchess47

It’s cool here too. I dunno what’s up with this summer.

I don’t mind. If it was hotter, I’d be complaining about that :~)


6 posted on 08/07/2007 8:46:54 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Beaker
He’s 17.2. I have to use a step stool to groom him and get a saddle on him.

He is an impressive looking horse.

7 posted on 08/07/2007 9:15:08 AM PDT by BladeRider
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To: Duchess47
Is it possible fall is coming already? It's cool here today

It is not cool here! Temps today in the high 90's with a heat index of 105. They are predicting 100 to 103 in some parts of Alabama the next few days.

8 posted on 08/07/2007 9:19:19 AM PDT by BladeRider
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To: Beaker
Good morning (actually I guess it's afternoon)!

Levi is HUGE! I am only 5'6" and I have very short legs, my mare is just about 16 hh but very skinny, so she doesn't take up much slack in my legs.

We are down at my folks' house on the GA coast -- we brought the dogs but it's 104 degrees here, very humid, the wind is dead calm, and every time the dogs stick their noses outside the deerflies and skeeters just descend on them in a cloud! They are VERY unhappy!

My hubby has to take my son back home tomorrow for school orientation day -- so he will drop the dogs off at our trainers for the rest of the week! They have 40 fenced acres on a high hill with a pond down below, an acre of dog yard with 8' stock fencing, and a nice breeze and no bugs to speak of. The dogs will be MUCH happier there.

9 posted on 08/07/2007 9:45:34 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: HairOfTheDog; ecurbh; CindyDawg; AnAmericanMother; Endeavor; cjshapi; 3catsanadog; Grammy; ...
New thread pingy!


10 posted on 08/07/2007 10:47:41 AM PDT by MissTargets
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To: MissTargets

Hello.

It’s hot here, but the wind is blowing.

Harley and I had a nice ride.

Becky


11 posted on 08/07/2007 10:54:47 AM PDT by PayNoAttentionManBehindCurtain
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To: HairOfTheDog

Hey, nice new thread ya got here!

I saw the link you posted to the extreme cowboy race pics over on the horse.com forum. That hay ring obstacle did look pretty hairy. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it had been just one ring wide because they could’ve pretty much steped over it without stepping on it, but with two it looked like they had to step somewhere in the middle amongst the pipes or on the sheet metal. My main concern about it would be slipping and falling in it and the resulting tangle of pipes and legs that might occur when the horse tried to get up more than them tipping it over. I feed my hay out of rings just like that and to put a new roll in you have to lift them up on edge like that and roll them out of the way so you can place the roll where you want it. Then you have to roll it back and tip it back over so that it circles the roll. It takes everything I’ve got to get it started falling, BUT, once it gets past the break point, that sucker’s coming down, HARD. So if anybody did get tangled up in it I could see where they could easily get a broken leg or back if it fell on them. So I guess it’s really not a great idea to be doing that kinda thing. But you can’t tell some people anything and it apparently got a little bit ugly over on that thread after a while. But it seemed to be more of a case of “You pissed in my Cheerios so I’m gonna piss in yours!” than anything else. Those people are so funny!


12 posted on 08/07/2007 11:33:46 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: FrogInABlender
Those people are so funny!

Yeah - and I'm right in the middle of it...

Cheap entertainment I guess.

13 posted on 08/07/2007 11:36:09 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: AnAmericanMother; BladeRider
He is large and in charge, that's for sure. He's a lovely, balanced, very sweet horse. At 5' I look even smaller when I'm around him, and I get teased a lot for it, everyone always asks me if I get a nose bleed. I think that picture was the 1st time I had ever ridden him, hence the chair seat and awful position. (Things have greatly improved since then. We now look like a real horse/rider team) I knew that my stirrups were too short, but it was impossible to try to guess the correct height from the ground because of his height, and by the time that I got on him, I thought "the heck with it"! He's not so broad, but he does take up all the slack in my leg quite easily. When I first started with him, my legs felt so ineffective- I couldn't get them around him enough to actually use them!

We have another dressage clinic this Saturday, and a show in October.

AAM: Yikes that's hot. Humidity is what kills you. It is always humid up here.
14 posted on 08/07/2007 11:49:28 AM PDT by Beaker (Don't Panic)
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To: FrogInABlender; HairOfTheDog

LOL! Frog, you’re too funny! Things always seem to get ugly quickly over there. Everyone has their claws out all the time. It’s too bad. I read for the entertainment value.


15 posted on 08/07/2007 11:53:00 AM PDT by Beaker (Don't Panic)
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To: HairOfTheDog

It IS entertaining, I’ll give it that. But apparently they want everything to be all sweetness and light on most of those forums or they’re gonna start deleting posts. I got an e-mail just yesterday from the horseshoes.com forum moderator/owner about a similar decision over there. Be nice or get out. I haven’t been over there in quite a while but there did seem to be quite a bit of personal attacks there.


16 posted on 08/07/2007 11:55:56 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: FrogInABlender

I haven’t been over to horseshoes recently either...


17 posted on 08/07/2007 12:21:25 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Yeah, you got your horse shoes problem fixed!

I’ve got the farrier coming on Saturday morning around 7am. I personally don’t see how the man stands it, working in heat like we’ve got right now. I trimmed Grace’s feet last night about 6:30 and it was still over 95* and heaven only knows what the humidity level was. I swear I didn’t have a dry thread on after about 2 minutes and I had the high speed fan going full blast. They definately earn their money.


18 posted on 08/07/2007 1:19:20 PM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: Beaker
Yeah, your stirrups did look a bit short. But after assembling your Alpine Assault Team to get up ON that big old boy, I could see you saying, "The heck with it!"

Somebody gave my trainer a big old Palomino who is a nice horse but VERY large, very round, and very forward. He's sort of an oversized Quarter Horse type - big barrel and a big butt, and 17.1 I think. I rode him and everybody laughed at me -- my trainer said, "You look like a peanut up there!" He really is a sweet boy and although he's very strong he came back to me as soon as I asked, but he's just way too big for me. And Gracie and I are just right together - she knows what I'm thinking almost before I think it. If it ain't broke, why fix it?

I took my daughter and a friend who came with her out shopping this afternoon, and it was TOO HOT TO SHOP! You'd open the car door and get hit in the face by a blast of steam! We would have sprinted for the mall doors, but it was too hot to run -- you break a sweat just standing there.

The dogs are well out of this mess!

19 posted on 08/07/2007 2:25:48 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: Beaker
OH, yeah. And did I mention the rattlesnakes? I can't let the dogs off leash because of the snakes, which are very much in evidence right now because most of the feral pigs are over on the mainland until the acorns come in. And then there is the gator that lives in my parents' pond . . .

. . . not a good place for dogs at all!

20 posted on 08/07/2007 2:27:57 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: FrogInABlender
Yeah, you got your horse shoes problem fixed!

I think so :~)

I think Cyn is flaring now though, more than she did when Mark was trimming her. Not real sure, I was going to take some new pics to show you and compare to the old, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.

21 posted on 08/07/2007 3:03:26 PM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog

Please add me to your ping list. TIA!!!!

nuclady


22 posted on 08/07/2007 8:38:54 PM PDT by nuclady
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To: nuclady

Certainly, and welcome and good morning!

Do you have horses? :~)


23 posted on 08/08/2007 6:15:19 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: AnAmericanMother

Rattlesnakes and gators...100 degree heat with 95% humidity...ticks...mosquitoes big enough to drain you dry...you gotta wonder why people ever decided to settle some places in the deep South! ;o)


24 posted on 08/08/2007 6:43:46 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: FrogInABlender
Well, that's why most of the South didn't amount to much until the invention of air conditioning!

(I'm dead serious. There was an article in American Heritage magazine that proposed that theory!)

When my father was young (he grew up in Rome, GA, which is in the foothills of the mountains and quite bearable compared to down here on the GA coast) the entire town cleared out in the summer and went to the mountains. His family had a cottage in Monteagle TN and they just stayed there until fall.

No wonder nothing got done!

25 posted on 08/08/2007 6:51:18 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: HairOfTheDog; ecurbh; CindyDawg; AnAmericanMother; Endeavor; cjshapi; 3catsanadog; Grammy; ...
Good Morning.

We had quite a few thunderstorms yesterday and last night. The rain was sorely needed. Very hot and humid though.

26 posted on 08/08/2007 6:53:59 AM PDT by MissTargets
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To: MissTargets

Cool but humid here... I can’t believe I’m actually worried about getting hay for fear of rain... in August.


27 posted on 08/08/2007 7:03:50 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Pictures would be good. You've probably already seen this, but check out this link here. It's from the website of barefoot trimmer named Gwen who posts over on the Horse.com forum. It'll show you how to take pictures and mark up a photo to help you evaluate whether Cyn's foot is in balance or not. I find Gwen's stuff to be very helpful. Her main web page is www.barefoottrim.com
28 posted on 08/08/2007 7:48:27 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: AnAmericanMother
...that's why most of the South didn't amount to much until the invention of air conditioning!...

Hey, I've always thought that! I'd always heard of people moving to the mountains for the summer. I think their reasoning at the time was to get away from the "bad air" that brought on the Malaria. Back then they didn't know that the mosquitoes were what was carrying it.

29 posted on 08/08/2007 7:51:15 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: FrogInABlender
They were doing the right thing, their reasoning was just not quite right.

Classic example which you may enjoy reading (I'm a big Kipling fan, and this is from what I think may be his very best book, Rewards and Fairies): A Doctor of Medicine.

30 posted on 08/08/2007 8:01:35 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: AnAmericanMother

Gators and rattlesnakes? Sounds like not a good place for people, nevermind dogs!


31 posted on 08/08/2007 8:12:36 AM PDT by Beaker (Don't Panic)
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To: HairOfTheDog
I’m not sure I’m allowed to link AOL, but go look what they have up from you tube from the battle of kruger , if you haven’t seen it already. Some animals are just born to be free.
32 posted on 08/08/2007 8:33:12 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

Go ahead and link it... I don’t know exactly what you’re referring to :~)


33 posted on 08/08/2007 8:46:58 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog; Duchess47

http://www.aolvideoblog.com/2007/08/08/battle-at-kruger/ Duchess, you may not want to watch.


34 posted on 08/08/2007 9:00:22 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

What’s it about... I’m really quite lost... if it’s gory, I may not want to watch either!


35 posted on 08/08/2007 9:03:50 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: HairOfTheDog
Well, I can't see it because my server blocks me, but here's the synopsis...

A pride of lions attacks a young buffalo. While working to take down their prey, an alligator attempts to wrestle the kill away from the lions -- a tug of war ensues. And just when that ends, the herd of buffalo return to rescue their own...

Sounds pretty interesting. I'm assuming the buffalo walks away, at least for a while.

36 posted on 08/08/2007 9:27:32 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: FrogInABlender

Sounds like a lot of drama. I never know who to root for in those things...


37 posted on 08/08/2007 9:29:47 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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I can’t believe I’m actually worried about getting hay for fear of rain... in August

Well I was supposed to get hay Monday but it got rained on Monday night so he was not going to squarebale it, instead he round baled it for cattle. It has not rained in over a week and it picked that one night to rain, just my luck!

38 posted on 08/08/2007 9:31:40 AM PDT by BladeRider
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To: HairOfTheDog
Oh, and just to be completely off subject, I took this pic out my front door last night. As you can see, I live right next to a high school football stadium. School is getting ready to start and football practice has started already, excpt it's too hot to practice in the afternoons so the turn on the lights and do it at night. I've always kind of enjoyed it. It's like having your own private football game...


39 posted on 08/08/2007 9:32:40 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

It is a little gory. If I tell you though, I spoil the ending. Guess you will never know:’)


40 posted on 08/08/2007 9:33:23 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: FrogInABlender

Ah - cool :~)


41 posted on 08/08/2007 9:35:31 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: FrogInABlender

That camera sure has a great zoom on it.


42 posted on 08/08/2007 9:42:01 AM PDT by BladeRider
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To: HairOfTheDog

That was an easy one for me. I was rooting for the baby.


43 posted on 08/08/2007 9:44:21 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: CindyDawg

Well yeah, but the lions have babies at home too.


44 posted on 08/08/2007 9:48:27 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: AnAmericanMother
I look alright on him, and in fact, it's hard to tell how big Levi is until you get up close. The only part I hate about riding him is getting the saddle on him and getting on him. I can handle him on the ground no problem (though it was intimidating at first) even through his occasional temper tantrums. (He can do the most lovely piaffes when he wants to, did you know that?) His bucks are nothing more than just lifting his rear off the ground. He gets extremely claustrophobic in small spaces, which for him is just about everywhere, but even when it seems like he wants to explode with terror, he's always very careful about where I am first. Though after we're done going past a scary shavings bag, or hose, he always seems to wear a "Did you see that?!" look on his face.
45 posted on 08/08/2007 10:35:42 AM PDT by Beaker (Don't Panic)
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To: FrogInABlender

That’s a nice zoom you have!


46 posted on 08/08/2007 10:38:08 AM PDT by Beaker (Don't Panic)
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To: BladeRider

And that wasn’t even full zoom either. But as it was I still had to get out a folding ladder and rest it on one of the treads to get it to focus. I took about half a dozen shots first, trying everything from holding my breath to holding it against the porch post to keep from shaking it before I settled on the ladder. It was kinda fun though.

I missed another really cool picture on my way home too. I was about to drive onto O’Neal bridge, there at McFarland Park, when I noticed that the Mississippi Queen riverboat was about to go by. I LOVE watching those things! They had the Caliope going full blast too. I could even hear it inside the car with the windows rolled up. So here I am, scrambling in my purse for a camera while driving across a bridge. I got it out, rolled down the window and was trying to look at the viewfinder without side-swiping either the bridge railing or another car beside me. But I never could get a decent shot off because of all the bridge girders whizzing by. :-{ Pissed me off Royally! What I should’ve done was to whip into the parking lot of the railroad bridge and run to the end of it. I almost turned around and did that, but that thing is LONG and I didn’t figure I’d make it before the riverboat got into the barge channel leading to the dam.

Back before 9/11 you could actually go out onto the dam and watch them lock through. That was really fun because they played the Caliope throughout the whole lockage and all the passengers would come out onto the balconies and watch and wave and the dam was usually full of people who stopped to watch it go by. Those were the good old days. They’ve got all the dams locked up tighter’n Fort Knox now. You can’t even get onto the property, much less out onto the dam itself. :-(


47 posted on 08/08/2007 10:44:49 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: BladeRider
Here's what she would've looked like if I could've gotten a picture...

The only difference would have been the fact that she had her stacks folded down at the time, in order to fit under the bridge. That's pretty cool to watch happen too.

48 posted on 08/08/2007 11:00:11 AM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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To: FrogInABlender

Woah! That’s awesome!


49 posted on 08/08/2007 1:05:52 PM PDT by Beaker (Don't Panic)
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To: Beaker
You see some interesting things go by on the river from time to time. One time there was a group of 15 or 20 RV-ers who were loaded up on special barges and cruising down the river powered by a tug boat. They’d stop at various places along the river and tour the town, then get back on their barge and their own big comfy motor homes and cruise on to the next town. It looked like a really interesting thing to be doing. I’ve often thought that taking a riverboat cruise down the Mississippi would be a neat thing to do on vacation. Maybe fly up and get on in someplace like Minnesota, cruise all the way to Natchez Mississippi, then fly back home. One of these days maybe.
50 posted on 08/08/2007 1:17:14 PM PDT by FrogInABlender (Don't take life too seriously. No one gets out alive.)
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