Quoting from the De Soto National Memorial Website: “De Soto’s quest for glory and gold would be a four year, four thousand mile odyssey of intrigue, warfare, disease and discovery that would form the history of the United States.“
I can empathize with De Soto on the length and drama of his quest. We always try to fit too much into one day. We never seem to know when to quit and today we really paid for it!
Thirteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina set into motion a series of events that resulted in the deaths of 1,800 people. Levees broke, the city was inundated and inefficient bureaucracy crippled relief efforts.
If you are a person of a certain age, you may remember the Sunday Drive. Those were the days when the whole family climbed into the car for the purpose of driving down the road, with no particular destination in mind, just to see what there was to see.
Tourists…they come in all shapes, sizes and abilities. Some lug around huge packs, hiking poles and Camelbak bladders, others walk up to an overlook, take a picture and leave and still others haul kayaks around on their heads to put in at rivers. Wherever they are, we try not to be. Sometimes it can’t be avoided.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain