Snake Island Sunset
by: Davis Yancy Clegg
There are countless values and life lessons that our fathers and mothers attempt to make resonate within us long after we are grown. So many of these values leave us no choice but to be at the mercy of our maturity. We have to first learn about ourselves before we could ever hope to completely understand all the things outside of us. Pope Paul VI once said,” All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the major building block in the person we are today. We likely give it very little thought as children, we certainly find the value – sometimes the hard way – in the teachings of our guardians upon adulthood. It’s up to us what we do with that information. One that has always rang true with: “Beauty is only skin deep.” Being brought up in parts of rural Mississippi, I would often take a drive through the back country roads to clear my mind and reboot. With sights ranging from cotton fields and cows (mostly cows) around each oak tree shaded bend in the road, those remain some of my fondest memories. With all the advertisements and style trend changes that have come to light in recent years, many of us have put our own personal vanity on a pedestal. Consequently, we miss the real beauty that’s all around us. Being on an Amelia River Cruise is an excellent way to get outside your daily grind, and take in the picturesque surroundings you might not ever see otherwise!
Just one of the many local spectacles that serves the soul well is Little Tiger Island also known as Snake Island. The History of the island and is natural communities are astounding! You can bear witness to the gorgeous communities like Estuarine Tidal Marsh, Maritime hammock, and Beach Dune. Tiger Island is no stranger to human inhabitants. Aboriginal people were there as early as the second Millennium B.C. Archaeological excavations have yielded very unique artifacts any history buff would appreciate. There are several ways the public can enjoy Tiger Island. It’s a perfect get away for a romantic picnic, learning about the island through educational opportunities, and some of the more scenic trails I’ve been on in the country. The massive marsh areas and all of the winding creeks would make for an excellent canoe or kayak experience. Experience things such as these can greatly improve your understanding and awareness of what’s at stake when issues of global warming and wildlife endangerment are brought up.
The visual stimuli are only part of the therapeutic value of going on and Amelia River Cruise. As we all know, music can bring back your mood from even the worst case of the blues. But now we are talking about a whole different kind of therapy! The adults only kind, in fact! The booze cruises will be returning very soon. When you combine the company of seafaring musicians and a hysterical Captain and River Guide who has the ability to educate as well as entertain, there are many enjoyable moments to be had! I am thrilled to be one of those musicians. I would say it’s the best gig on the island but it’s not….on the island! All joking aside, I enjoy playing on the boat very much. I’ll tell you something from a “behind the microphone” perspective. It takes a lot of the pressure off and makes it much easier to perform your best when the audience has no choice but to stay and listen! ;} It’s always a great time. Talented guitarists and singers such as my very good friend Jim Barcaro, Dan Voll, Sean McCarthy and Larry LeMier also perform on the twilight cruises. Styles ranging from classic rock, southern rock, folk, blue, and even funk can be hear on any given night. The Cruises run Thursday thru Saturday of every weekend. Departures depend on sunset. Cruises will leave at times ranging from 5-7pm. Call our offices to make your birthday party reservations. Our gift is that you can cruise for free on your Birthday. We are all very excited about the upcoming season and look forward to Boozin’ and Cruisin’ island style!
Stay Salty Friends!