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On the 13th of April 2005, we flew to Memphis where we boarded the Music Riverboat for five days and nights of music and fun cruising down the "Old Muddy".
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We Take The Music Riverboat Down The Mississippi
|A map of our musical cruise. We stopped at Vicksburg, Natchez, Baton Rouge and, finally, New Orleans
||Ron and Susan coming down the way to join us for dinner on the boat.
||A view of "Ole Man River".
|Exercise on the top deck
||Here's one crazy guy who can bang out the tunes
||A view of the dining room…food was good.
|Vicksburg: the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy"; took all that Grant had to overcome it
||Part of Vicksburg defenses. Looking at the hilly terrain and many redoubts, a frontal attack would never have been successful. It was only a siege that could overcome the defenders.
||A typical redoubt
|Boy! Could them seniors shake a leg! And, there's Marj right in the center. See the video below.
|| Even Marj had to take a little time out.
||Kent and Espie were good buddies.
|At every stop, we had local music and players; it was great fun.
||Here we are tied up at Natchez.
|Marj couldn't help hi-stepping to the music of the Calliope steamer cruising by.
||Natchez is a beautiful antebellum city with many plantation homes.
||And, what's more natural to Natchez that Marj should have her first Mint Julep.
|…And here's a "hotdog" country singer named, what else, "Billy Ray"
||In Natchez we were treated to a concert of gospel; Marj loved it.. Here we are greeted at the door.
||Man, there was lots of stomping and clapping going on all evening.
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|Strolling along the deck; the weather was great the entire trip.
||On the last full day, a barbeque feast on the upper deck
||…And, where else, Jackson Square in New Orleans. We stayed over one night, had great food, listened to great music. Next day we rented a car for the drive back to Memphis where we enjoyed visiting with Susan and Ron. Flew home next morning..