After a visit from friends the night before, I wiled the morning away sitting on deck reading the paper and watching life on the river.
I forgot what it felt like living in a city that is closely tied to a body of water. There is something about it that just slows life down and brings a calmness to the soul.
Three different United States Presidents have sailed on the Delta Queen: Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, and Jimmy Carter. The Queen recreated historic steamboat races each year during the Kentucky Derby Festival, when it raced with the Belle of Louisville on the Ohio at Louisville in the Great Steamboat Race. The winner of the annual race would received a trophy of golden antlers, which was mounted on the pilot house until the next race. They also raced during the Tall Stacks festivals celebrating steamboats, held every three or four years in Cincinnati (the Delta Queen's former home port).
Next it was off to The Stone Cup, a local coffee shop to have a small Mercy Ships Alumni reunion for our ex-crew members in the area. Here is one of the reasons I love my job. These people have either never met or had some rudimentary relationship with each other. Their service spanned 13 odd years over two different ships, yet within seconds they were chatting and comparing stories like nobody's business. It was awesome. I could hardly get a word in edgewise! They also started our first official Alumni chapter. Thanks Amy (and sorry you left before the photo was taken, Amy) and well done Chattanooga!
Back to the boat to have a friend take some photos for her fair trade hammock making initiative called Color Cloud Hammocks. Every hammock is made by a team of skilled seamstresses in a family-owned business in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Knowing it costs more to pay someone fairly, they believe that it is worth it to have a safe and beautiful product. The hammocks are beautifully made so, support their effort by clicking on the link above!
What a trip! Early morning start for the 11 to 12 hour return drive to Texas and I will be sad to leave Tennessee. A great, diverse and oh-so-talented state and I have massively fallen in love with it! Thanks for a great time Tennessee and I will return!
Source: Wikipedia and Color Cloud Hammocks