If you’re like me, you probably have a love for the water. Having actually worked as a Deckhand for awhile, & living on the water aboard a boat every single day. I have an insatiable love for the water.
Waking up to the sound of clanking Cheater Bars, & Ratchets banging against metal. The sound of Twin 16 cylinder Detroit Diesels roaring to life. Being aboard the tow & having the 1st Mate stomp your line when you thought you had the wire tight enough.
Laying Outside Double Ups at each coupling, throwing a dog in the Capstan Line as the boat attaches to the tow. Slinging rigging when you had the unfortunate luck of running turn boat, splicing eyes into lines, & tying bumpers in your spare time.
I’ll never forget standing on the head of the tow & Calling out the freeboard to the Captain & the distance to the Long Wall. Catching Towing leads on the head, & backing leads on the stern of the tow in locks.
Climbing the Tow Knees to mount an empty. 🤣 Lol, enough Deckhand jibber jabber, y’all get the point. I done a little time on the water. The company I worked for was Marquette Transportation.
After spending everyday on the water. You get home sick when you’ve been away for to long. When I return to the coast, or any large body of water.
I still get that feeling of instinctual euphoria. That I’m back where I’m supposed to be, a feeling that’s hard to describe to anyone else, unless you know you belong to the water.
It’s not just a joy of being on the water, it’s an actual need to be on the water, a complete emotion in itself, a liquid obsession.
15 PLACES WE VISITED ON THE WATER IN THE LAST YEAR
1. The Black Warrior River – in Tuscaloosa Alabama. This was the first place we visited on the water in January of 2020.
This picture was taken from a bar on the roof of the Hotel Indigo. It’s called The Lookout & it overlooks the Black Warrior River. For more information check out my previous article about it “HERE”
2. The Bosporus Strait – in Istanbul Turkey. Istanbul is a unique city because it’s the only major city in the World to sit on 2 separate Continents.
West Istanbul is on the Continent of Europe, & East Istanbul is on the Continent of Asia. In the Picture, we are on the Asian side of the Bosporus Strait with the famous suspension bridge, the Bosporus Bridge.
The Bosporus Strait links two separate bodies of water. It links the Black Sea to the North, with the Sea of Marmara to the South.
To see more of my Istanbul trip, click “HERE”
3. The Nile River – as viewed from our room at the Kempinski Nile Hotel in Cairo Egypt. I made sure I didn’t miss a single sunset over the Nile whiles in Egypt.
4. The Mediterranean Sea – Overlooking the The Eastern Harbor (Al Mina’ash Sharqiyah) outside the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Library of Alexandria) in Alexandria Egypt.
This photo was taken in the month of February.
5. Gulf of Mexico – this photo is from the Northern End of the Gulf of Mexico from Panama City, Florida on Panama City Beach.
This view is from our hotel balcony at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites at sunset. This was during the month of May.
6. Lake Tuscaloosa – this picture was took from Binion Creek Landing Park, in Northport Alabama. This was during one of our motorcycle rides in the month of June.
7. Gulf Of Mexico – this photo was from Biloxi Beach, in Biloxi Mississippi. This was during the Independence Day Celebration in the month of July.
This photo & video was during one of our 3-wheel beach buggy rentals. We rented from Life’s A Beach Scooter Rentals.
8. Gulf of Mexico – this photo is from Clearwater Beach, Florida. It was taken from the beach bar at our hotel, Winter The Dolphin Beach Club. Its located on the Eastern side of the Gulf of Mexico.
This photo is at Sunset in Clearwater Beach, & the video is during one of our Jetski rentals. This was during the month of September.
9. The Atlantic Ocean – this photo was taken in Daytona Beach, Florida. On the famous Daytona Beach boardwalk by Joe’s Crab Shack. This beach & I go way back, it’s personally one of my favorite destinations.
In this photo I was taking a moment to remember my Grandma. She was a one of a kind woman, & the best culinary technician that ever sat foot in a kitchen. If you ever needed her, you could bet your money she was on her way.
This photo was taken on the famous 11 mile strip of beach, where you are able to drive your car on the sands & park. This was in the month of September.
10. The Mississippi River – this photo was taken from my room in St. Louis Missouri. I was staying at the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis At The Arch.
The hotel offered excellent views from the room at night overlooking the Mississippi River & the St. Louis Gateway Arch. This photo was taken in the month of November.
11. The Big Sioux River – this photograph is of Sioux Falls & was taken at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sioux Falls is the namesake of the city. This photo was taken in the month of November.
12. The Cumberland River – this photo was taken at night from our room at the Drury Plaza Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. It overlooks the Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge (formerly known as the Gateway Bridge) lit up in LED’s.
This bridge crosses over the Cumberland River. This photo was taken in the month of November.
13. Offatts Bayou – this picture was taken overlooking Offatts Bayou in Galveston Texas. It offers a great view of the 3 Pyramids of Galveston at Moody Gardens.
This photo was taken in the month of December. I ended up running for my life to get this photo, to find out what happened, check out my previous article “HERE”.
14. Gulf of Mexico – this photo was taken at Galveston Beach in Galveston Texas. The photo, & the video both were captured right before sunset.
We stayed at the Best Western Plus Galveston Suites, which is the building in the video. Both of these were taken in the month of December.
15. Gulf of Mexico – this photo & video is from the Western side of the Gulf of Mexico from South Padre Island Beach. This is located on the U.S. / Mexico Border on South Padre Island, Texas.
This photo & video were taken from my room at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island Beachfront. To find out more, checkout my previous article “HERE”
FIND ME ON THE WATER
There’s something special about waterfront destinations. They bring a certain charm & atmosphere that can only be found at waterfront locations. Not to mention the local cuisines available. There’s nothing quite like a fresh meal strait from the water.
I hope Covid-19 checks up soon, so we can all get out & explore new waterfront locations around the globe. It doesn’t matter rather it’s a Lake, Creek, River, Sea, or Ocean. If it’s on the water, it’s worth seeing.
You never know, we just might turn up at beach near you soon… I heard the water is nice in Thailand 😉.
The Roving Gypsy
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