Woke up to three blue herons that were not happy I was in their little estuary! The sides of my canopy were down so I looked like a big box to them. They kept swooping down near me and landing mere feet away. These are the same birds that fly away when I come within a couple hundred yards of them. I could only surmise that they didn’t want to share their space with me. I could see them under the walls without them knowing that I was there. I tried to get my camera out of the waterproof! container but they must have put two and two together and flew off. It was cool to see them so closely. One had a beard just like a turkey only not so thick. The hairs/feathers were sticking out so I thought he was trying to look tough!
When I say I woke up to those birds, that was not entirely true. The temperature dropped last night into the lower thirties. I had planned on this being a summer/fall slightly warmer trip. Last night dipped into winter weather! I didn’t sleep very well if at all as I was freezing. So tonight I have two pairs of socks, two layers on my legs, two torso layers, fleece hat, all my blankets and sleeping bag, and will put on my gloves when I finish this. Today was cold also and I never really warmed up all day. So I am bundled in for the night-we’ll see how tonight goes.
I am within 60 miles of the Mississippi River. I will pass through Paducah, KY tomorrow which will be my last big town before Memphis. I hope to stop and eat out there. I might toy with the idea of getting a hotel room if I am still chilled. That depends mostly on whether I can find a marina to get a boat slip. I hope I can find one! I will pass through two locks tomorrow and then only one more to go!
There continues to be an abundance of bald eagles. I don’t think they’re on the endangered species list. It’s cool to see so many of them-I wish they were more camera friendly for me!
Time for me to breath under the covers and try to heat things up!